The Mount Rushmore Rule

by Cato6/21/15

The replacement of Hamilton on the $10 note takes another lame progressive turn. There’s a move afoot to have SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chosen for this honor.

If it’s to be a woman, my suggestion … call it the Mount Rushmore rule, to avoid the equivalent of putting the second string POTUS Teddy Roosevelt up there with first stringers Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson … is that no one alive after June 1915 be considered. This includes all the present suggestions.

If a woman isn’t considered remarkable 100 years after her death she doesn’t belong on the currency.


Michael Booth, often posting and commenting as Cato, lectured in finance and economics at the Univ. of Texas, and worked for 20 years as an independent contractor and managerial trainer on financial topics in the technology industry.
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9 Responses to The Mount Rushmore Rule

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    As a bare minimum, no one still alive should be considered. Kennedy and Roosevelt were put on coins right after dying in office. Of course, most of the faces on coins and bills are long dead (including Martha Washington, Susan B. Anthony, and Sacajewea, the women who have already appeared on currency). But a long wait to be honored should be the general rule, precisely for the reason you mention — for anyone, male or female (or whatever).

  2. SkepticalCynic SkepticalCynic says:

    I wrote a lengthy comment on AmercanThinker in which I mentioned that if they put a woman on the tens bill that I would spit on each one that I could get and that they would probably make the feminine bill pink with frilly edges. I had to edit it before they would pass it. Considering what is going on with the Confederate flag, I think we are in for a long period of censureship at the hands of Progressives. I have never been inclined to own a Confederate flag but since Jeff, Pierre, Sears, Kmart, Walmart, NewEgg and others have decided to not carry them anymore, I am on the lookout for the biggest one I can afford.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I know what you mean about the Confederate battle flag. Sometimes you have to stand up to the rewriters of history. I once noted that the closest American equivalent to the Taliban was the ACLU, because of their campaign to remove historical religious imagery from any government property (reminding me of the Taliban dynamiting a couple of large Buddhas). Now, even as ISIS seeks to destroy the pre-Mohammed historical heritage of the Levant, we have liberals seeking to obliterate any politically correct historical references. I’ll take them seriously when they denounce the Democrats for holding Jefferson-Jackson Day events.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I haven’t been following this issue closely, Cynic. But my take on it is…Okay, fine. The Confederate flag represented at one time a group of rebellious states who rebelled in order to preserve, if not also extend, the institution of slavery. It is a bit of a sick thing, in my opinion, to be nostalgic for that flag.

      But I don’t lose any sleep over it. It’s become more a symbol of regional pride than anything else. But I’ll make a deal with the bed-wetting Obama types who get their panties in a bunch over such offensive things: We’ll ditch the Confederate flag if you’ll ditch all the Mao posters and the Che Guevara shirts and flags.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Although born in the deep South and raised in Texas, I have never owned a Confederate Battle Flag. I can understand that it holds cultural meaning for people because it became some sort of symbol of defiance. The war had been lost so anything which could put a positive gloss on things was seen as good.

        In any case, I always thought the Battle Flag of North Virginia was a beautiful flag, red being my favorite color. And the theme is from St. Andrew’s Cross which is the flag of Scotland.

        I may even buy one and fly it as I find these Bolsheviks who are trying to shut down free thought and speech to be insufferable. One must take the battle to them and what better symbol than a battle flag?

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Note that the purge involves not merely removing the flag from official sites, but refusing to sell anything that shows the flag. What about books about the War that feature a Confederate battle flag someplace on the cover? I’m sure I have a few, given how many histories I have (including a sizable number of Confederate biographies, autobiographies, and such).

          Note that Warner will now stop selling any Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia that shows the Forbidden Image. The actors who played the Dukes are rather irate about the decision (including Ben Jones, formerly a liberal Democrat Representative from Georgia). I never saw the show (though we did have a Lovecraftian parody of it, The Dukes of Al-Hazred County), but I might consider some of it just as an act of defiance.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Okie doke. You convinced me.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            That sound you hear is the famed Confederate battle yell which scared hell out of countless Yankees.

            Thanks for the display.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              When we attended an SF convention in Lebanon, TN some years back, Elizabeth took us to see a Confederate memorial there. It was a statue of Brigadier General Robert Hatton, the first commander of the Tennessee brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. It had been put up by a UCV camp named after Colonel Samuel G. Shepard, a colonel in that brigade (who wrote its report after Gettysburg, which I once showed Elizabeth) and also an ancestor of Elizabeth (which is why she showed it to us). She also seems to be related (perhaps even descended) from Brigadier General Isham Garrott, a Confederate officer killed during the Vicksburg campaign.

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