This was the first thing I read this morning, and naturally, it put me in a terrible mood to start the day. The California Department of Transportation is blocking the construction of a privately-funded memorial to honor veterans. Their reasons go beyond political correctness to blatant anti-Americanism.
First up, here’s a photo of a model of the proposed memorial:
from the Weekly Standard:
LeBard is head of the private Old Town Orcutt Revitalization Association (OTORA), the type of voluntary civil association that Tocqueville said was the key to democratic civilization but which the central planners tend to view as getting in the way of their central planning and controlling. At an official hearing on Tuesday, the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) reiterated its refusal to allow LeBard to build the memorial because he wishes it to include the symbols or seals (depending upon the service) of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard (all of which have supported his efforts by giving him written permission for their use).
CalTrans, it seems, regards certain aspects of the services’ symbols or seals as problematic. For example, the Army’s permission letter to LeBard clearly states that its symbol “cannot be altered in any manner.” But CalTrans wants it altered. Specifically, CalTrans demands the removal of the motto “E Pluribus Unum” — which appears on our coins, has appeared on the Great Seal of the United States since the 18th century, and was first proposed as the motto for such a seal on July 4, 1776. CalTrans also demands the removal of two other words — “United States.” (This would leave just one word on the symbol: “Army.”) As CalTrans wrote to LeBard in advance of the hearing, “Be sure to black out the ‘United States’ and motto part of the seal.”
CalTrans also gave Steve LeBard grief about displaying the American flag, saying it would be an impermissible act of “public expression.”
It’s garbage like this that makes me glad I live in Tennessee and not California. Thankfully, there are still a few people like Steve LeBard left in the golden state.