Okay, I don’t know if you heard about this or not, but the Discovery Channel is running this “contest” to see who their viewers consider the 100 greatest Americans. They’ve made a list of 100 Americans and are asking the visitors to their site to rank them. I was looking over the list and found a bunch of folks, that for the life of me, I can’t figure out why the hell they’re on there. I mean they’re Americans, and they may have had some popularity, but they’re not “great”, they haven’t made any great contributions to our country, the world, society or the human race. So why are they on “the list”?
Here’s the list with they one’s I personally fell don’t belong marked in bold:
Anthony, Susan B.
Bell, Alexander Graham
Bush, Barbara – What did she do? She’s married to one former president and gave birth to another President. Big Whoop!
Bush, George H. W.
Bush, George W.
Bush, Laura – Okay I don’t even get the Laura Bush thing here, kinda like the Barb thing. And don’t ya think it’s a little too early to making the call on the “Georges”?
Carver, George Washington
Clinton, Bill – Again I think it’s still too early to make this call. Time will tell.
Clinton, Hillary ???? You GOT to be kidding me…
Cruise, Tom – He’s just a freakin’ actor. That’s it. Nothing nore, nothing less. He’s not trying to cure world hunger is he?
DeGeneres, Ellen – Okay, she’s funny. But one of our greatest Americans?
Eastwood, Clint – I like Clint, but he’s just an actor.
Edison, Thomas Alva
Edwards, John – This isn’t the “I talk to dead people” Edwards. This is the one who ran for VP last election. I still don’t know why he’s on the list.
Favre, Brett – Can someone help me out here? Does he do a lot for charities or is he just there as one of the sports tokens?
Gibson, Mel – “Bird on a wire”. I like Mel, but come on…
Hanks, Tom – I like Tom, and he might be a cherished American, but one of the greatest?
Johnson, Lyndon B.
Kennedy, John F.
Kennedy, Robert F.
Kennedy Onassis, Jacqueline
King Jr., Dr. Martin Luther
Limbaugh, Rush – Controversial yes, greatest, debatable.
Madonna – See Rush Limbaugh.
McGraw, Dr. Phil – Um, nope. Sorry.
Moore, Michael – See Rush Limbaugh
Rice, Condoleezza – Hmmm I’m begining to think the Republican Party put this list together… 😉
Roosevelt, Franklin D
Schwarzenegger, Arnold – Ummm, WTF?
Stewart, Martha – Nuthin says “Greatest American” like a conviction & prison time…
Wright, Orville & Wilbur
So you can see there are some folks that I can’t for the life of me figure out why they’re on the list. Maybe the DC should have made it the 50 greatest Americans and cut out some of the fluff?