[Ed. – And predictably get it almost entirely, banally wrong. I’m all aboard with Abraham Lincoln, at least.]
If a new Mount Rushmore were designed today, it’s reasonable to argue it should look very different. But who would make the cut?
Elliot Richardson …
Elliot Richardson looked remarkably like Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent. …
Richardson didn’t want to be remembered only (or even primarily) for his role in the 1973 “Saturday Night Massacre,” when he resigned as attorney general, rather than accept President Richard Nixon’s order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.
Dorothy Parker …
Dorothy Parker was a woman who shone brilliantly in a man’s world, back when the boyos thought being a “woman writer” was an aberrant stunt, like a circus bear riding a unicycle.
She’s best known now for her poems (“Love is a thing that can never go wrong / And I am Marie of Romania)”, her clever bon mots (“If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised”) and her membership in the Algonquin Round Table. But she was also a dedicated activist for civil rights and civil liberties. Five years before the United States entered World War II, she co-founded the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League—a group that counted many communists in its ranks and that contributed to Parker being blacklisted during the Red Scare.