“Are there any American “heroes” we can agree on in 2019? This might sound like an abstract question, but for the Fourth of July weekend, Politico Magazine has decided to make it more concrete, asking experts: Who would you put on a new Mount Rushmore?
Every year, more than 2 million people drive to Keystone, South Dakota, to stare at the 60-foot-tall granite heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The sheer size of those heads evokes our sense of the heroic—people who didn’t just achieve something but embodied larger American values. “What makes the hero a hero is the romantic notion that he stands above the tawdry give and take of everyday politics,” H.W. Brands wrote in his biography of Roosevelt.
For all their contributions to American history, it is hard, in 2019, not to think about the fact that two of the four figures on Mount Rushmore—all white men—owned slaves, and none even served at a time when women could vote. Americans today are deeply divided about which historical figures we should continue to revere; over the past several years, many of the old “heroes” of U.S. history have been revisited and, in some cases, lopped off their pedestals, both metaphorically and literally. …”
What are your picks?
Who should be on the next Mount Rushmore in the Glorious Union? The venerable Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. would obviously be included because he is the primary Founding Father of the present order in spite of being exposed as a moral degenerate who participated in orgies and laughed while watching a woman get raped. MLK’s myth is stronger than even the #MeToo era.
Blompf would have a place on there due to the size of his ego and the extent of his accomplishments which are greater than any previous president. We could also include Obama for the hope he inspired although nothing really changed under his presidency. Desmond Is Amazing would be on there for being an award-winning 12-year-old drag queen. Harvey Weinstein would represent Jews. Finally, we would need a woman of color and I can’t think anyone wealthier or more influential than Oprah.