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Conservative Leaders: History Matters, Protect America’s Monuments

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Over 100 leaders of the conservative movement have joined together to issue a “memo to the movement” applauding President Trump’s “Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence” and decrying the vandalism and assaults on revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, statues of former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson, and even military veterans and Christian leaders who worked to abolish slavery.

The full text of the memo to the movement and list of signers may be found below:

July 2, 2020

Washington, DC

Conservatives applaud President Donald Trump for issuing his June 26 “Executive Order on Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence.” The President’s unequivocal statement denounces recent nationwide assaults on revered American monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial, statues of former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Andrew Jackson, and even military veterans and Christian leaders who worked to abolish slavery.

As stated in the Executive Order, “Many of the rioters, arsonists, and left-wing extremists who have carried out and supported these acts have explicitly identified themselves with ideologies – such as Marxism – that call for the destruction of the United States system of government.”

The document adds, “Individuals and organizations have the right to peacefully advocate for either the removal or the construction of any monument. But no individual or group has the right to damage, deface, or remove any monument by use of force.”

Citing several statutes, the Executive Order resolves to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under federal law “any person or entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States.” It also notes that some state and local governments “appear to have surrendered to mob rule, imperiling community safety, allowing for the wholesale violation of our laws, and privileging the violent impulses of the mob over the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

The Order directs the Attorney General to provide assistance to “State and local law enforcement authorities in connection with their investigations or prosecutions for the desecration of monuments, memorials, and statues, regardless of whether such structures are situated on Federal property.”

Accordingly, A.G. Barr has ordered the formation of a task force to take on the “antigovernment extremists” that have disrupted peaceful protests and sowed chaos and destruction.

Author Jarrett Stepman has quoted Abraham Lincoln, speaking as a young man in 1838, about the dangers of “mob law.” If rightful authorities allow a general state of lawlessness and “mobocractic spirit” to continue unrestrained, said Lincoln, the strongest bulwark of any Government . . . may effectually be broken down and destroyed.”

Presaging the present day, the future President Lincoln added, [W]henever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision-stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this Government cannot last.”

The truth about American history, even with all its flaws, inspires patriotism. The responsibility to teach our history with honesty and respect, unfortunately, has been taken over by false historians who portray America as an evil society that must be destroyed.

This issue is not about monuments alone; it is about history, culture, and values that this generation must teach to our children and future generations. In two words: America Matters. Conservatives support principled, legal actions to restore peace, security, and freedom under the law, and oppose violence that widens social division and destroys history on our watch.

(All organizations listed for IDENTIFICATION purposes only)

The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan (1985-1988)

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
President, Republic Book Publishers
 
Myron Ebell
Director, Center for Energy and Environment,
Competitive Enterprise Institute
 
The Honorable Morton C. Blackwell
President
The Leadership Institute
 
William L. Walton
President
Council for National Policy
 
The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio
 
Kelly J. Shackelford, Esq.
Chairman, CNP Action, Inc.
President and CEO, First Liberty Institute
 
L. Brent Bozell, III
Founder and President
Media Research Center
 
The Honorable Donald Paul Hodel
U.S. Secretary of Energy (1982-1985)
U.S. Secretary of Interior (1985-1989)
 
Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project &
President, Conservative Partnership Institute
 
Rachel Bovard
Senior Director of Policy
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)
 
The Honorable Tony Perkins
President
Family Research Council
 
The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1987-1988)
 
Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council
 
David N. Bossie
President
Citizens United
 
Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness
 
Father Frank Pavone
National Director
Priests for Life
 
Ambassador Henry F. Cooper
President Reagan's Chief Defense sand Space Negotiator
Former SDI Director
 
J. Christian Adams
President
Public Interest Legal Foundation
 
Ron Robinson
President
Young America's Foundation
 
Floyd Brown
Publisher
The Western Journal
 
Dr. John C. Eastman
Senior Fellow
The Claremont Institute
 
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
Founder & President
Dr. James Dobson Family Institute
 
Ralph Benko
Chairman
The Capitalist League
 
Rod D. Martin
Founder & CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.
 
Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation
 
Guillermo J. Aragon
Chief Financial Officer
Martin Imaging, Inc.
 
Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation
 
Ron Pearson
Executive Director
Conservative Victory Fund
 
Charlie Gerow
Vice Chairman
American Conservative Union
 
Susan A. Carleson
Chairman/CEO
Carleson Center for Welfare Reform
 
Khadine Ritter
President
Eagle Forum of Ohio
 
Penna Dexter
Co-Host
Point of View Radio
 
The Honorable Penny Pullen
Former Member, National Council on Education Research & Improvement
 
Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston
 
Richard Norman
Founder and President
The Richard Norman Company
 
The Honorable George K. Rasley Jr.
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com
 
Joseph A. Morris
Partner, Morris & De La Rosa
Assistant U.S. Attorney General (Reagan Meese)
 
Donna Rice Hughes
CEO
DRH Enterprises
 
Karen England
Executive Director,
Nevada Family Alliance & Capitol Resource Institute
 
Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
 
Richard Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government
 
Doug Gamble
Writer
Freelance
 
Sheryl Kaufman
Board of Directors
Americans for Limited Government
 
William W. Pascoe, III
Board Member
Tea Party Patriots Action
 
William Shaker
CEO
Washington Marketing Group
 
Lewis K. Uhler
Founder and President
National Tax Limitation Committee
 
Willes K. Lee
President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies
 
Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
CorsiNation.com
 
Rob Chambers
Vice President
AFA Action
 
Richard D. Hayes
Partner
Hayes Berry White & Vanzant LLP
 
Kielle C. Horton
President
The Lindsey Foundation
 
James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association
 
Karen Hartman
Paralegal
Heartbeat International
 
Jay Mount
President
MDS Communications Corporation
 
Andresen Blom
President
Hawaiian Values
 
Rebekah Gantner
Executive Director, Eagle Forum Education & Legal Defense Fund
 
Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center
 
Dr. Frank Wright
President & CEO
D. James Kennedy Ministries
 
E. Ray Moore
Director
Exodus Mandate
 
Roxanne Phillips
Member, Executive Committee
Council for National Policy

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan (1981-1985)
 
Mary Vought
Executive Director
Senate Conservatives Fund
 
Christopher Malagisi
Executive Director of Outreach
Hillsdale College
 
Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund
 
Thomas Fitton
President
Judicial Watch, Inc.
 
The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.
 
The Honorable Jim DeMint
Chairman
Conservative Partnership Institute
Member, US Senate (SC 2005-2013)
 
Wesley Denton
COO
Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI)

Lisa B. Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
American Legislative Exchange Council
 
Cleta Mitchell, Esq.
Partner
Foley & Lardner LLP
 
Bridgett Wagner
Vice President, Policy Promotion
The Heritage Foundation
 
The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.
 
The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan (1985-1988)
 
The Honorable Charles J. Cooper
Assistant Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan & Cooper & Kirk, PLLC
 
The Honorable Tom DeLay
Former Majority Leader
US House of Representatives
 
Michelle Easton
President
Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women
 
Charlie Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
 
Mike Davis
Founder and President
The Article III Project (A3P)
 
The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values
 
Trent England
Executive Director
Save Our States
 
Craig Shirley
Reagan Biographer
Presidential Historian
 
Eunie Smith
President Emeritus
Eagle Forum
 
Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.
 
Christina Murphy Lusk
Campaign for the American Future
 
Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain,
National Federation of Republican Assemblies
 
Kevin Freeman
Founder and Chairman
NSIC Institute
 
Robert D. Thompson
Former Administrator
The Weyrich Lunch (1999-2016)
 
Melissa Kaye Ortiz
Motivational Speaker & Blogger
DCBelleonWheels.com
 
Peggy Dau
Representative
IranAliveMinistries.org
 
Kelly Monroe Kullberg
Spokesperson, American Association of Evangelicals (AAE)
 
C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
 
Gerard Kassar
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party
 
Tom DeWeese
President
American Policy Center
 
Debbie Georgatos
Host, America, Can We Talk?
CWT Publications, LLC
 
Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum
 
Gary Marx
President
The Concord Fund

Paavo Ensio
Chairman
Universal Minerals Group
 
Tim Macy
Chairman
Gun Owners of America
 
Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins
 
Joan Holt Lindsey
President
Lindsey Communications
 
Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor
Law Offices of Jack Park
 
Richard H. Wright
Owner
R & S LLC
 
Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express
 
Matthew Tyrmand
Principal
Matthew Tyrmand LLC
 
Sean Noble
President
American Encore
 
Dr. Virginia Armstrong
National Court Watch Chairman
Eagle Forum
 
The Honorable Mike Hill
Representative
Florida State House
 
Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith
 
Mario Navarro da Costa
Director, Washington Bureau
Tradition, Family, Property
 
Bob Carlstrom
President
AMAC Action
 
Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association
 
Lori Roman
President, American Constitutional Rights Union Action
 
Vivian N. DuBose
President/CEO
Noble Properties, Inc.
 
Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles
 
Dr. Seymour Fein
Managing Partner
CNF Pharma, LLC
 
Lee Beaman
CEO
Beaman Automotive Group
 
Melvin Adams
President
Noah Webster Educational Foundation
 
E.C. Sykes
General Partner
Aslan Ventures

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