Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Whose face would you add to Mt. Rushmore?

I participated in an "ice breaker" last week where the question posed was this: If you could add another face to be carved into Mt. Rushmore, who would you select? Who would you add to the four presidents carved into Mt. Rushmore? My first choice was Ronald Reagan whom I consider the greatest president of the 20th century.

He is almost single-handedly (along with Margaret Thatcher) responsible for bringing an end to the Soviet Union. Remember this famous line given in his speech at the Berlin Wall, "Mr Gorbachev, Tear down this wall!" His speechwriter and State Dept. handlers (those weasels) tried to eliminate that line in 3 or 4 revisions and Reagan kept putting it back in. He was not brain dead as the leftist media tried to make us believe, but rather, a man of conviction who believed in freedom, liberty and the evil of government intruding into our daily lives and robbing us of personal freedoms.

Then, I got to thinking. There were two more names that I wanted to add to Mt. Rushmore, and they are famous Hollywood libs. No kidding! Some of you may think I've gone over the edge but if I could add two more faces on Mt. Rushmore, alongside Ronald Reagan, they would be Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Why? Because both these men have been producers of some of the greatest and most memorable film projects that remind us of what it means to be an American. They have brought us face-to-face with the high price that has been paid for our freedom by making films depicting the horror of war as well as the evil of the Holocaust where one race of people sought to expunge another race from off the face of the earth!

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's HBO mini-series' like "Band of Brothers", "The Pacific" and "John Adams" should be required viewing in every high school in America.

Here are some of the reasons why Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks deserve a spot up on Mt. Rushmore:
  • Schindler's List - 1993. In Poland during World War II, kar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. (Spielberg)
  • Saving Private Ryan - 1998. Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (Spielberg)
  • Band of Brothers - TV  mini-series 2001. The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. (Spielberg - Hanks)
  • Flags of Our Fathers - 2006 The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (Spielberg)
  • John Adams - 2008 (TV Media Series). The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (Hanks)
  • The Pacific - 2010  TV mini-series. A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II. (Spielberg - Hanks)
Question: Who would you like to see carved into Mt. Rushmore? Let me know. Leave a comment.

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