Love that people are taking the responsibility to clean up the national parks themselves. And what better way to show vets of past wars we care than to have everyday, regular civilians who benefit from the actions of the armed forces donate their time and effort to maintaining monuments dedicated to those vets? Why are we even paying lawn services for that to start with? We could easily just create an online volunteer calender and let people sign up. I'm not suggesting defunding or anything political. Just that it would be an honor to clean something like the Washington Monument or the steps that Martin Luther King spoke from, not a burden. The National Park Service could keep whatever they are getting for all I care. Hell, having everyday folks cleaning the parks would actually save them money and allow them to improve facilities.
But, what better way to introduce your children to the love of the environment and national parks than to go clean up a places like Yosemite, Glacier, Yellowstone or the Painted Desert? It's easy to talk a good game on environmentalism and tell everyone else what to do, pay taxes and just forget about it; it's a lot harder to go out and take care of it yourself. But it's also a lot more rewarding and certainly has a deeper psychological impact. You're not going to be prone to something like littering if you spent an entire day picking up trash along a federal highway or cleaning a city park. You have a vested interest in your community if you are cleaning it... if for no other reason than you don't want to have to pickup after an asshole. And I'm not suggesting a requirement; people are doing this out of their own free-choice now. Today. Why not encourage that sort of spirit of actual service that can bring people together instead of the pretense of one that divides us apart?
I know my site is supposed to be Anti-Everything, but this just seems like a net positive.