(Even though removal is defunded, the Feds are proceeding with their plans by dropping the impact statement requirement. Once again they illustrate exactly what they care about. Southerners are only useful to them for cheap labor and even cheaper canon fodder for the empire’s forever wars… – DD)
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(The Abbeville Institute) – With the Thanksgiving of 2023 in the rearview mirror, I am still thankful for the over 9000 Americans who submitted comments around the removal of the Confederate Memorial in Arlington Cemetery. Only 10% of the comments supported the decision to remove the memorial. Over eight thousand Americans wrote in defense of the Confederate Memorial, and over 364 people mentioned grave disturbance specifically which I wrote about in August (see The Most Effective Way – Abbeville Institute ). I am thankful for the Abbeville Institute publishing my voice. The Confederate Memorial plinth over the unknown graves will remain. But its bronzes are deep in the crosshairs.
Despite the overwhelming public response, the United States Army and Arlington National Cemetery are hellbent on appeasing the destructive minority. The public comment period for the environmental assessment on the Confederate Memorial’s bronze removal is open and ends December 2nd 2023. You can find it here: NEPA (arlingtoncemetery.mil) I freely give all rights to the below, should you choose to copy and paste my work as your own comment.
By ignoring the majority, which the U.S. Army admits in their conclusion, they are likely running afoul of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In 1978, the President’s Council of Environmental Quality issued regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508) to implement NEPA. These regulations are binding on all federal agencies. The regulations address the procedural provisions of NEPA and the administration of the NEPA process, including the preparation of environmental impact statements. Reading directly from the federal statute, we find:
“The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a procedural statute intended to ensure Federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their actions in the decision-making process. Section 101 of NEPA establishes the national environmental policy of the Federal Government to…