Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

Hey guys, don't give him any ideas!

Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert have each made a joke about a relatively minor fear I've had since the election; the fear that Trump might get it into his head to try to add his own face to Mount Rushmore. Now, such a thing is impossible; he could sign executive orders until he's blue in the face, and Congress could pass as many bills as they want, but the fact of the matter is that there is not enough unflawed rock on the mountain to carve any more faces. True story: originally Thomas Jefferson was supposed to be on Washington's right--rather than on his left where he is now--and they had actually started carving Jefferson on that side, but because the rock was so unstable, they literally had to blast off the first attempt at Jefferson's head and start all over on the other side.

So my fear is not that Trump will succeed in putting his own face on Mount Rushmore; it's that he and Congress may be foolish enough to try, and irreparably ruin the monument in the process.[*](Along with South Dakota's economy, sense of identity, and raison d'etre, incidentally).

On a tangentially related note, there was a thing--what we in my family call a "blurpee"--on the local news tonight: one of their reporters was in San Franscisco and asked some idiot who lived there[*](to be absolutely clear: I do NOT mean to imply that she is an idiot BECAUSE she lives in San Francisco, merely that she is an idiot who happens to live in San Francisco, with no cause-and-effect relationship suggested whatsoever. I know that San Francisco--like South Dakota and every other habitable location on the planet--is populated by both smart people and idiots) what the biggest attraction in South Dakota is. Now, that should be easy: Mount Rushmore. It's a gimme; if you don't know anything else about South Dakota, you should at least know that Mount Rushmore is here. But the stupid woman said, "Sarah Palin?"

And at first I was offended, but then I realized that that woman was just revealing her own stupidity. If city folk[*](And I use that term with the knowledge that, because I live in Sioux Falls, I could conceivably be lumped in with "city folk" by other South Dakotans) are ignorant about South Dakota, that's their shame, not ours.

Of course, we do have plenty to be ashamed of ourselves, which is why they had a reporter in San Francisco in the first place. But that's a topic for another day.
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