I'm going to try very hard not to indict the entire population of my motherland to irretrievable stupidity, but it's going to be very very hard. Maybe it's not just us. Maybe if they had 100 greatest English, the English would plug one of the Spice Girls and Rowan Atkinson in there. And maybe if the Dutch had 100 Greatest Dutch, they'd ... well I'd be impressed if they came up with 100 Dutch people at all, but then again I don't know anything about the Dutch. Much, as it seems, Americans know nothing about other Americans.
The Discovery Channel has been promoting the show 100 Greatest Americans hosted by Matt Lauer for several months, and getting Americans to vote for who should be counted. And Americans responded in their inscrutable wisdom and nominated 100 people to be organized into the list. Some actually do make sense. However, here are some that do not:
In alphabetical order:
The four Bushes included - Barbara, George, George and Laura
and in the sense of political equality I also strongly disagree with the inclusion of both Bill and Hillary
Tom Cruise (are you kidding me?)
Michael Jackson (way to prop up a pedophile)
Rush Limbaugh (did people just vote for this guy to piss other people off?)
George Lucas (... what, seriously?)
Dr. Phil (In the love of all that's sacred, who the hell nominates Dr ****ing Phil as a great American besides Dr. Phil?)
Michael Moore (did people just vote for this guy to piss other people off?)
And that's just a sampling of the idiocy infecting said list. Here are a few just off the top of my head notably missing, I'm sure you can think of many others.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Booker T Washington
Ulysses S. Grant
I know I shouldn't get so worked up about this, or really expect better, but I can't help it.