September 23, 2006

Healing through Mt. Rushmore

Rushmore Chief Hopes Monument Becomes Place Of HealingBaker knows many Indians hold on to bad feelings about Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills, and he's not expecting everyone to say, "We accept this." But he hopes Mount Rushmore can become a place for learning and healing for American Indians with Thursday's launch of a self-guided audio tour in several languages--including Lakota.

"Ca wokisuya ki le justice na democracy ki Americans Indians ki wicakco na wiyuskinyan He Sapa el unpi kta," the Lakota language version welcomes.

Translation: "This memorial to justice and democracy now invites American Indians to celebrate and teach their culture here in the heart of the He Sapa, place of the black cedar."

7 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
It doesn't seem a bad idea. But if they put Reagan up there, all bets are off!
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

Putting Reagan on Mt. Rushmore would be the least therapeutic and most divisive act since Bush invaded Iraq.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
At last report (Jun '06), the Republican majority in Congress still had Reagan-on-Rushmore as one of their priorities, next in line to further amending the Pledge of Allegiance to '...with liberty and justice for all, born and unborn.'
And few remember that, when Reagan was President, Republicans in Congress began a doomed movement to abrogate the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which limits the US Presidency to two terms. It was their own party's Amendment, proposed in 1947 and ratified in 1951, in reaction to FDR's election and then three successive re-elections to the Presidency.
Probably it was the same kind of dumbasses who recently tried to amend Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, removing the stipulation that the President must be a natural-born US citizen. Arnold Schwarzeneggar easily had been elected as Governor of California and the Republicans must have seen Arnold as the wave of their future.
No doubt, the Iraqis were told by the Bush Administration that, if they didn't like the Constitution they were forced to vote on and adopt, they should just amend the goddamned thing. Works for Bush!
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Not a Sioux said...

Removing the stipulation that the President must be a natural-born US citizen actually has bipartisan support, such as it is. Not only is there Arnold (a republican) to consider, there are also Democrats such as Gov. Granholm and several Latino leaders. I'm actually open to this idea.

I do see the "Reagan on Rushmore" thing as divisive, and it would happen when hell froze over, just like putting Clinton on Rushmore. Perhaps if they carve Reagan, they can also carve Jon Stewart next to him, pointing and laughing. Of course, if we get to that point, Stephen Colbert will somehow manage to get his face there instead.

Carole said...

Ahhh...take it easy guys. Reagan ain't gonna be on Mt. Rushmore. Last I heard, Kevin Costner bought it along with his thousands of other acres in the Black Hills and is going to have his face added.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Except, no one in his right mind ever would propose Clinton's likeness to be placed on Mt. Rushmore. And writerfella agrees that it would take an Ice Age in Gehenna for Reagan justifiably to be so enshrined.
And Jennifer Granholm? Surely you suffer from heat exhaustion or an overdose of Vitamin E. Reagan was an ex-actor who went into politics, sure. But Granholm was a failed actress who went into politics. Beyond that, there is no logical connection. And writerfella entertains no futurist leanings toward a USA where everyone plays ice hockey, or drinks Labatt Blue and Moosehead beers, or watches football played according to the Metric System.
Jeez, I can hear Paul Lynde singing 'Kids', from BYE, BYE BIRDIE!
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Anonymous said...

Stephen Colbert already carved himself on Mt. Rushmore.... Watch this video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAx9ZoPEL78