The amorphous Tea Party in America wants to jettison the country into the two shining seas, for it resembles the East India Company’s tea dumped into the Boston Harbor by the coalescing revolutionary movement in 1773 protesting taxation, without representation, by a monarch separated by an ocean from his colonies. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris recognized a new nation: the United States of America, the thirteen states east of the rivers Missouri and Mississippi, as fully independent from the British Empire.
The growing discontent with its politics among many Americans who belong to the country’s fertile middle west of Missouri and Mississippi, as vast as its prairie – its bread basket, is reflected in the vacuum on the National Mall in Washington, the country’s capital. United States has no memorial commemorating its decade long war of independence from Great Britain.
National amnesia cannot be cured by making the country’s history legendary prematurely as if its future is assured. The war for America’s independence is not a legend on the cusp of becoming a myth. It is the only war justified in its history as legitimate, all other wars after the War of 1812 – again with Great Britain which had burned down the White House – being acts of American adolescence and irrational exuberance.
The memorial erected as a tribute to Abraham Lincoln for keeping the country together in 1865 after it went to war with itself 4 years earlier over the human and physical capital of the country’s southern states manifests America’s short memory as it struggles to lead a world with distinct memories of its hoary pasts. Lincoln had to remind his warring countrymen of 1776.
To lead in the enlightenment of liberty which had given America its stature as a nation among states before the French Revolution which had consumed Louis XVI for being an ally of the British colonists and which doubled the country’s size because of French foolishness once again under Napoleon Bonaparte, the United States needs a memorial in the face of its citizens to never ever forget 1776.
The Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall can be transformed into a monument for the War of Independence, for that is the only war memorial America needs.