Republicans would have you believe that President Obama woke up the other morning and, wondering what he could do to piss them off that day, decided to rename Mt. McKinley. Now, their useful idiots all across America will be railing against yet another thing they know nothing about.
For those who don’t know its history, the Mountain was given the name Denali, or “the high one” by Alaska’s Athabaskan natives, who refer to themselves as “Dena,” meaning “the people”.
It was officially renamed Mt. McKinley after President William McKinley by a National Parks Act in 1917 . Alaska petitioned for the name to be changed back to Denali in 1975, and as the New York Times reports:
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, introduced legislation in January to rename the peak, but Ohio lawmakers sought to block the move.
In a video released on Sunday, Ms. Murkowski cheered Mr. Obama’s decision.
“For generations, Alaskans have known this majestic mountain as ‘the great one,’” she said in the video, appearing in front of the snow-topped mountain, its peak reaching above the clouds. “I’d like to thank the president for working with us to achieve this significant change to show honor, respect and gratitude to the Athabascan people of Alaska.”
Now you might think that this being an issue of Alaska’s right to restore their mountain’s original name, Conservatives would champion the decision. Not so much… cue the faux outrage:
TPM: Boehner ‘Deeply Disappointed’ That Obama Just Renamed Mt. McKinley
I feel tears coming on.
American (ahem) “Thinker”: Obama panders on Mt. McKinley, disses great Republican president
As if there were such a thing.
Right Wing “News”: Obama Now Thinks He Can Rename Mountains Just Because He Feels Like It, Mt. McKinley Wiped Off Map by Order
He didn’t have it blown up, asshat.
Of course Breitbart, that sewage drain that calls itself a news site, posted its typically vile slant on things (They still do Andrew proud):
TPM: Brietbart Editor: At Least Obama Didn’t Rename Mt. McKinley For Trayvon Martin
Republicans seem to think that the state government of Ohio should have more say about this issue than Alaska, simply because McKinley was from Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch wrote in July:
It’s time to end the perennial defensive action against Alaskans who want to allow one of their state’s grandest natural features to be known officially by its real name.
It’s a rather unseemly effort on behalf of a politician who never set foot near the mountain and had no known interest in it.
Unfortunately, unseemly is what Conservatives do best.