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Oct 15

The Closing of the American Monument

The federal government is supposedly shut down, but some National Parks Service employees seem to be working harder than ever. Under the authority of the White House, NPS has actively taken steps to close most of the nation’s open air memorials, monuments and cemeteries. Instead of saving money, they're wasting it by building barriers and then enforcing them. 

Moreover, many of these same monuments were left open during previous “shutdowns.” These closings are not only unnecessary, they seem motivated by partisanship. It's a tactic known as "Washington Monument Syndrome," where the government closes places that are dear to American hearts. These closings also affect First Amendment rights and violate the traditional understanding of our monuments as national treasures that stand above everyday politics.

More About the Speakers

Keynote Remarks by
The Honorable Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Member, United States House of Representatives  

Followed by a Panel Discussion with
Bruce Cole
Member, Eisenhower Memorial Commission, and former Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities 

Andrew Kloster
Legal Fellow, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Hosted By

Marion Smith Marion Smith

Visiting Fellow, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics Read More