Neither Sen. Rafael (Ted) Cruz nor Sarah Palin are particularly good about details, but they need a basic history lesson regarding the World War II memorial. It’s true that this is “the peoples’ memorial” and that is because it was built with taxpayers’ funds. It has also been considered advisable that some provision be made to maintain the memorial, to wash off the pigeon flop and graffitti, and to fence the memorial to keep people like Rafael and Sarah from climbing on it for recreation. Rafael and Sarah believe in the “free lunch” philosophy and think that memorials build themselves and maintain themselves out of thin air. If Rafael and Sarah truly believe themselves, the memorial should have been built with private funds, and maintained with private funds also. Of course, that would mean that visitors would have to pay admission fees to visit the memorial, and it might not look so shiny if admission fees were inadequate, and it might close altogether if people lost interest in it. As a veteran, I find this repugnant.
So, in furtherance of the Cruz-Palin theory of free lunches, they are dismantling the perimeter fencing, which taxpayers will have to pay to put up again. Neither Rafael nor Sarah is a veteran. Rafael is foreign-born, and Sarah’s husband is a secessionist, so veterans’ issues and the United States are low on their priority scale. This veteran would prefer that they take their traveling circus elsewhere, and stop fouling the air around the veterans’ memorial.