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Congressman Mo Brooks Defends States' Rights, Rips Intolerant Socialists Who Seek to Take Down Capitol Statues They Don't Like

June 30, 2021
Press Release


Washington, DC— Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.R. 3005, a bill by intolerant Socialist Democrats who seek to take down “undesirable” statues from the U.S. Capitol.

Unfortunately, H.R. 3005 passed the House by a vote of 285-120 (Socialist Democrats voted unanimously in favor, 67 Republicans voted "Yes", 120 Republicans voted "No" ). Alabama Republicans voted "No" while Alabama's lone Socialist Democrat voted "Yes". 

Background: The U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Collection has 100 statues, 2 from each state. Alabama’s two statutes are Helen Keller and Joe Wheeler (the only Confederate general to later become a United States general; General Wheeler oversaw Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders charge up San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place of many of America’s greatest heroes). Alabama also has a third statute honoring Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks. Both the General Wheeler and Rosa Parks statutes are in places of prominence in the old House Chamber (now known as Statuary Hall). Helen Keller is prominently honored and displayed in the Capitol Visitor’s Center.

The 1864 law establishing the National Statuary Collection provides that each state may “furnish statues…of deceased persons who have been citizens thereof, and illustrious for their historic renown or for distinguished civic or military services such as each State may deem to be worthy of this national commemoration.”

Congressman Brooks said, “The 1864 law that establishes the National Statuary Collection defers to states the power to determine who they wish to honor with a Capitol statue. And that makes perfect sense. Just as it would be wrong for Alabama and other states to dictate to New York and California who they must honor, it is similarly wrong and repulsive for New York, California, or other states to dictate to Alabama who we must honor. Yet, H.R. 3005 seeks to do exactly that by empowering other states to dictate to a single state who that state can, or cannot, honor.”

Brooks continued, “Cancel culture and historical revisionism are precursors to dictatorial government and the destruction of individual liberty and freedom by elitists who claim they know more than regular citizens and, hence, should be empowered to dictate what regular citizens can and cannot think or do. Ultimately, it’s all about political power in the hands of a dictatorial few coupled with the loss of freedom and liberty by the masses.”

Brooks concluded, “I reject cancel culture and historical revisionism. I reject Socialist Democrat intolerance. I support federalism and a state’s right to decide for itself who it should honor. As such, I proudly voted 'No' on H.R. 3005. Alabama, not New Yorkers, Californians, or anyone else, should decide who we wish to honor in Alabama’s contribution to the National Statuary Collection. Socialist Democrat states should butt out!”