President Trump announced plans for a National Garden of Heroes during a speech Friday evening at Mount Rushmore. Many of Trump’s spin commandos on Twitter went into raptures and cheered this announcement as another sign of Trump’s brilliance at owning the libs. My reaction was this is a totally idiotic idea. It completely demonstrated that he and his administration have no clue what the hell is really going on with the far-left’s efforts to dismantle our American system, but most of all that Trump highlighted once again that he is a clueless reactionary, who does not think ahead. He always reacts to whatever the mainstream media is buzzing about on TV and often the things the mainstream media create spin hysteria about are just spin diversions.
The statue-toppling street theater looks like a deliberate tactic to stoke fear and anger among conservatives, but this street theater is mostly a diversion. The real efforts to dismantle our American system are happening with the political class, the radical lawyers and being advanced in the mainstream media and on social media. Radical Dem politicians and the activist organizers can call off the statue-toppling street theater in a heartbeat, if they choose to (see CHAZ/CHOP).
With Trump and the right going into hysterics about the statues, prolonging the street theater keeps Trump and the right chasing after “protecting statues.” Trump being Trump took the bait and came up with the most spectacular waste of time – a sideshow gimmick to replace his 2016 “build the wall” effort. His proposed National Garden of Heroes has about as much chance of materializing as his Great Wall of Trump.
It should go without saying, that vandals tearing down statues and destroying public property should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. That does matter, but trying to make “statues” the centerpiece of Trump’s reelection campaign is a huge mistake.
Common sense, after watching how any construction of national monuments goes in America, should clue anyone with a few functioning brain cells, that national monument projects are always fraught with controversies, red tape, financing battles, and endless delays. Beyond that, any project Trump proposes assuredly will galvanize the Left to protest and the liberal media to write a zillion pieces about either wasting taxpayer money or corruption with private financing.
Trump just gave his adversaries a huge new front to attack his administration’s focus, while offering his supporters a “garden of statues” to rally around… The vast majority of Americans, Trump included, know very little about American history or have any real interest in a “garden of statues.” With Trump’s “great wall,” he could constantly churn up anti-immigrant sentiment and fuel fear that America was being overrun by M-13. Trying to win an election over “statues” just doesn’t seem like it’s going to gain much traction as a kitchen table issue most Americans will care about, especially with so many Americans facing worries about surviving day-to-day due to COVID-19 fall-out.
At some point, hopefully the Trump administration realizes that this latest Leftist uprising melds the MeToo radical feminist movement and BLM’s radical black power movement into a new push to destroy the “male patriarchy.” Unfortunately, all women in America, regardless of politics are stewed in radical feminist ideology growing up and for decades it’s considered a heresy for women to speak out against any radical feminist dogma and it’s even more unspeakable heresy to speak out against black feminists. Trump will end up having to campaign more against whoever Biden picks as VP than he will against Biden and that could be a very dangerous political minefield for even the most clever politician. Trump runs the risk of alienating even more suburban white women, if he attacks a black female VP’s looks, intellect, qualifications and just about anything. Hillary had high negatives and had earned her reputation, making it much easier to attack her
And here we are in July, with Trump still searching for a central reelection theme. His “garden of statues” idea sure seems more like he’s designing his own political graveyard than constructing a winning campaign theme.