The National Park Service has chosen a design for the memorial on the spot now known as the "President's House." Before being known by that name, this site had been known for more than 200 years as the location of Robert Morris' mansion. Morris, often called the "Financier of the Revolution," helped form this nation's banking and defense systems. But he and his life's work of creating economic freedom for all Americans have been unceremoniously shoved aside.
The planned memorial will not tell us about Morris' role in the origins of American-style free-market capitalism or his critical leadership of the Continental Navy during most of the Revolutionary War. We will not learn about his struggles to keep America together during Confederation. Instead, we will be treated to the politically correct message "Freedom and Slavery in Making a New Nation," the subtitle of the memorial project.
Although Washington did keep slaves when he resided at the house, others who occupied the house did not. John Adams was virulently antislavery - but never mind such inconvenient details; after all, here was a perfect opportunity to make a negative statement about America, right in Independence Mall. To realize that part of the agenda, a decision was made to cherry-pick the record to create a memorial to slavery. And to ignore the fact that slavery was not unique to the site, or to America, for that matter, because it existed everywhere in the world while Washington was president.
To achieve their goal, activists had to get others to ignore what Morris helped achieve: development of the executive branch of government, establishment of the rule of law, the transition from a near-feudal economic model to a more modern economy, and other topics that touch the lives of all Americans. To do this, they relied on Americans' ignorance of history, loudly proclaiming that they were shocked, shocked to learn that a Southern planter had slaves, and in his house no less! They drew attention to the cook, the stable man and maid - who were forced to live in the best house in town. They set out to embarrass George Washington.