Anyone remember Trump’s draft executive order to mandate supposed “neoclassical architecture”? That has quietly disappeared. The National Garden of American Heroes is just another piece of Culture War vaporware—a loud and splashy announcement meant to create an impression among the base that he doing something. It is made with the full confidence that—just like with the wall—his base won’t follow up to see if it actually happens.
Here’s a better idea.
There is a good chance that in roughly six months Donald Trump will be a private citizen again. If he feels so strongly about the ways that 1776 represented the culmination of thousands of years of Western civilization and the triumph of not only spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason—a phrase that is surely ingrained in his heart—then he can put up the money to create a National Garden of American Heroes as a private philanthropic effort.
This sort of thing has certainly been done before. But that assumes that he cares about any of this beyond his election campaign or the latest political rally.
Given his history on this, I wouldn’t bet on it.