The Most Important Piece of Legislation – EVER

By Lloyd the Idiot

Sure, the Code of Hammurabi, the Ten Commandments, the Magna Carta and the Constitution are kind of important, but they pale in comparison to the magnitude, and sheer beauty, of House Joint Resolution 104.

HJ 104, patroned by Del. Randy Minchew (R-Loudoun), would commission a feasibility study for the construction of a museum to honor great Americans.   You’ll recall that  I suggested just such a study in a previous post, Time for Virginia to Save the Real Hall of Fame.  And while my characterization of the importance of the resolution may be a bit colored, Del. Minchew should be commended  for answering the call.  Thank you, Randy!

To say it again, America desperately needs a hall that honors its greatest achievers.  America has no single place that honors our Founding Fathers, our great inventors, businessmen, statesmen, philosophers, poets, humanitarians, explorers and all the other patriots that have proven that freedom does indeed bestow wonderful blessings.  We  need a hall that is deep in content but still interactive and entertaining.  A hall that captures the past but uses 21st century technology to make that history come alive. A hall that recognizes not fame but true greatness.  Most of all, we need a hall that inspires future generations of Americans to be great.

Although modest in the world of legislative priorities, this study nonetheless lights the flame by which Virginia will again show her leadership in  celebrating and preserving the accomplishments of the American spirit.

The resolution is coming for hearing in the Studies subcommittee of the House Rules committee this week.  If you believe it the project, please voice your support by contacting these members of the subcommittee:

Chairman R. Steven Landes,

Del. Delegate R. Lee Ware, Jr.,

Del. Robert D. Orrock, Sr.,

Del. Barry D. Knight,

Del. Johnny S. Joannou, (804) 698-1079 (no email)

Del. Kenneth C. Alexander,


  • I should also say thank you to Del. Tom Rust, Del. Barbara Comstock and Sen. Jill Vogel for agreeing to co-patron HJ104

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Sounds like a worthy cause, but can we afford it? This does sound like something that could be funded with private philanthropy, however.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    Will it be named the Ronald Reagan Museum, I wonder?

  • Lloyd,

    Why on earth would you support legislation that increases the size and scope of government and in essence, tells us what to think by defining who is “great” and by omission, who isn’t?

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Great idea, or greatest idea?*

    *copyright S. Colbert

  • LI and Jonathan, I’m glad you asked.

    The resolution mentions a public-private partnership. As with other recently constructed museums, the construction costs would be covered by private contributions. The cost of building the hall is estimated at $200 million.

    It would not be the government defining “greatness” as the selection process would be in the hands of a private foundation. The Hall of Great Americans Foundation already exists and would handle the election of honorees.

  • Spend more says:

    Lets spend more money because we can’t accomplish anything else

  • Ben Dover says:

    I picture a gathering place of sorts…a place where fathers and mothers can take sons and daughters to see and hear stories about great Americans.

    But NOT just any kind of a place, but a place that all Americans can identify with – that’s right, you guessed it, A THEME PARK!!! Like Disney’s American Heritage park (or whatever it was called). Rides, and restaurants, and venues, and theatrical productions that pay homage to famous Americans. Tee-shirts, and trinkets, and ice-cream, and sponsorships, and lodging.

    But where would you locate this place, Lloyd?

  • On land next to Mt. Vernon.

    I’d love to have it on the Mall, but that would move the idea from grandiose to just plain crazy.

  • edmundburkenator says:

    If I donate $10K, will that get me into the pantheon of greats?

    It would probably only get me into the pantheon of “goods” (a museum who’s time has come really… a museum dedicated to people that have accomplished modest things, lived within their means, and never littered).

  • edmundburkenator says:

    It was a link in Lloyd’s original post… I think he wants to move this down here…

  • Elder Berry says:

    So in other words we’re putting the government’s stamp of approval on the opinions of a private foundation as to who are the greatest Americans? No, I don’t think so, sorry. We have enough buildings all over the place with people’s names on them, busts in the halls, etc. The state we’re in right now demands more than empty symbols. I’d rather we honored the greatest Americans by living up to our ideals every day in how we build our state and our nation for the benefit of everyone. E pluribus unum.

    After all, Mt. Vernon wasn’t a symbol it was a working farm. Monticello wasn’t a symbol it was a man’s home. Cape Canaveral wasn’t a symbol it was the way we built leadership in space. The fact that we now want symbols instead of real contributions reminds me of some dictatorships. I say again, we’re had enough of empty symbols. We need real accomplishments,

  • I don’t know if it would make sense to move the existing Hall down here. It is, however, a start, and the original Hall has provided a framework for selection of honorees. I’ve already been working with historians who looked at the original hall to determine where it went wrong and how we could improve.

  • Elder Berry says:

    As in, build some wind turbines instead. Or endow some scholarships. That’s a working symbol.

  • Elder Berry, no that’s not it at all. Like the original hall, the selection process would involve nominations from the public and election by experts in a variety of fields.

    Want to be on the board?

  • Elder Berry says:

    No, I stand by my statement. Now is really not the time for building more “halls” to honor those who did their job. Now is the time to do ours. I understand the motivation but I disagree with it.

  • You really think Geo. Washington “just did his job?”

  • G. Stone says:

    Make this 100% private funding and I am all in, otherwise not so much.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    One of the wonderful things about the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, which owns and operates the Mt. Vernon estate, is its staunch private sector origin and operation, and reliance on hordes of volunteers acting as docents, tour guides and estate staff. If the Mt Vernon estate can support itself in a nonprofit status and if Disney can operate a Hall of President profitably, there is absolutely no need for the Commonwealth to entangle itself in this crony capitalist enterprise. Standing for principle on a smaller, leaner government means opposing things that you like, as well as things you despise. Otherwise, you end up like the Bushies who ultimately were little or no better for our country than the current administration.

  • Not Joanathon Mosely says:

    Such a place already exists. Its in the basement of Lee Chapel in Lexington, Virginia.

  • It could be done entirely with private funds.

  • I meant to add thatif it were done with private funds, like the Newseum the SpyMuseum, there would be a fairly high admission fee.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    elderberry, thank you for the chuckle–a fine rant about “no more symbols”, then a followup to say build some wind turbines.

    Talk about a symbol!

  • Bubba says:

    Barbara, you are so correct. All the hot air produced on this and the other politcal blogs could drive those wind turbines for decades if not longer!

    Now if you add to that all the pure manure that is also produced then we could energize the farms and gardens of the country for an equal number of years without relying upon other forms of fertilizer! And I know we can count on the progressives, the dumbocrats, and the socialists to do more than their part in this endevor. It is part of their natural makeup!

  • Elder Berry says:

    Not so fast.

    Chuckle if you wish because yes George Washington thought he “just did his job”. He turned down the chance to be a king. He looked forward to nothing more than going back to Mt. Vernon and running his farm. He was for his time a landed aristocrat, but he did not expect to be a symbol. Others made him that. It was useful for their purposes for them do do so.

    Wind energy is not a joke. Several European countries have reduced their reliance on imported oil by 20% using wind turbines. No wind is not a peaking power source and it will never satisfy all our needs, but oil is not going to get cheaper and since the right-wing ninnies won’t push conservation (economically you’re all about drill baby drill and grow baby grow, isn’t it?) we need to exploit the technologies we have that are not as bad as or worse than oil for any part we can).

    And yes we could get methane from manure and from landfills. Keep laughing. Looked at the latest on global warming lately? Notice that Northern Virginia just officially climbed a garden climate zone from 6 to 7? Your garden could have told you that but now it’s “official”.

    Meanwhile our Republican governor and legislators want to build a museum to honor the good old days and they want to exploit uranium and drill off the coast. Nice. Real forward thinking. God spare my grandchildren from the world being created while Richmond plans halls of honor and seeks to turn us into a uranium tailings dump..

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    elderberry, the latest on global warming/climate change/climate disruption is that the carbon markets have crashed and burned, even Spain has thrown in the towel on green energy after what its done to their economy, and Climategate II has caused some more than embarassing moments for the professional trough-guzzlers.

    And how DID Durban go?


  • edmundburkenator says:

    From the hall of fame to climate…

    There should be a hall of fame for thread derails.

  • Barbara Munsey says:

    talk to elderberry, eb. he was the one who said we needed no money wasted on “symbols”, and that it would be put to better use building….symbols of our government-established religion. (hee hee)

  • Hillsboro says:

    >> Notice that Northern Virginia just officially climbed a garden climate zone from 6 to 7?

    “Finally, I agree with the USDA that this map shouldn’t be used as proof of climate change or its cause. The map is reflective of new data and algorithms (math), that create a more accurate map. A good scientist wouldn’t make conclusions about climate change using the previous 1990 version of the plant zone map. That is because the 1999 map and the 2012 map were not created with the same variables. To me, it’s like saying we have more hurricanes now than there was back before 1960. Before 1960 we had no satellites and some percentage of storms in the ocean went unnoticed or were not identified as hurricanes. So it stands to reason if we now count hurricanes that would have been missed before satellites, the yearly number will be on average higher.”

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:


    You want to keep talking about Republicans not being interested in science and then use a plant zone map to prove something?

    Do you know anything about science?

  • Enough about climate change. The so-called debate is bad enough with out it interfering with my post.

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