Many national parks are dedicated to the preservation of battlefields where Americans fought for liberty and democracy. Such sites include Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, and the Civil War. Any attempt to close these places that honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice is an insult to all Americans who have fought to defend our country.
|Lincoln's Gettysburg Address|
|President Teddy Roosevelt|
I believe that our national parks should be guarded as strongly as we guard our freedom. If the parks need money, increase the fees to visit them. Don't close them down. Any real American should defend our parks and work to make them part of the legacy we give to our children and grandchildren.
As the National Park Service website boasts, the service cares for the environment, preserving history, revitalizing communities and inviting stewardship. Writer and historian Wallace Stegner called national parks "the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst."
If our national parks are the best idea, Romney's plans are the worst.