Rename Washington DC while you’re at it!

So the First Gay President is now renaming mountains. It isn’t to be named after a Republican President anymore.

Wasn’t Washington DC originally the place of the Nacotchtank?

I demand that the District be renamed!

Nacotchtank DC!

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  1. Auggie says:

    And in his o’erleaping ambition, Mt. Denali is probably translated as Mt. Obama.

  2. Animadversor says:

    You may wish to read the editorial about this, “McKinley’s Greatest Monument” in the The New York Sun.

  3. SpesUnica says:

    Nonono, no “District of COLUMBIA!!1!” Columbia is Columbus!

  4. WYMiriam says:

    Why not rename Washington DC? The moniker “Devil’s Tower” is on the chopping block, too!

  5. everett says:

    While I understand concerns about authority, for us Alaskans, Denali has always been it’s name, whether we’re of Native heritage or not.

  6. Legisperitus says:

    Nothing he hasn’t done before on a larger scale. Congress has “failed to act,” so he asserts the power to do whatever he wants.

  7. Devo35 says:

    I have to agree with Everett. During my time at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and while living in Anchorage afterwards, Denali was hardly ever called Mt. McKinley.

  8. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Perhaps he will rename the office of the President? He’ll call it “President for Life”, thus burnishing his pro-life credentials.

    Maybe an executive order will rename the Washington Redskins?

    What about all those towns whose names don’t yet have Islamic significance?

    What about towns out here on the left coast (but also elsewhere) which have a Christian religious name? San Francisco; Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles; Santa Cruz; Santa Fe; San Luis Obispo; (and, further east) St. Louis; Corpus Christi; Des Moines; …. others?

  9. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Denali is the same mountain as Mount McKinley? I thought it was just a brand name on winter coats.

  10. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Also, it’s worth pointing out that McKinley was an assassinated president, and that his assassin was a leftist. So yeah, this is like renaming something that was named after 9/11 victims – very offensive.

  11. Legisperitus says:

    Of course I wasn’t quite accurate in my last comment. Congress has not “failed to act.” It acted in 1917 and named it Mt. McKinley under federal law. As Robert Bork might have asked, do they have to enact the same statute again and add, “And this time we mean it”?

  12. iPadre says:

    433 more days of this Communistic regime. Let us pray the next is better.

  13. Facta Non Verba says:

    I hope the next president changes the name back to McKinley. I know Trump said he would change the name back, although Trump is not my first choice for next president.

  14. Sonshine135 says:

    I don’t mind the President renaming Mount McKinley to Denali. Apparently, this is more inline with what Alaska natives called it to begin with. Since we are doing this, I kindly ask that Chicago be renamed Shisterville.

  15. JaneC says:

    Please don’t pull for it to be changed back to McKinley. Everyone who lives in Alaska calls it Denali, and our elected officials have been trying to get this name change done for decades, but have been consistently blocked by politicians from Ohio. Congress should not have changed the mountain’s name in 1917. This is pretty much the only thing Obama’s ever done that I’ve been happy about.

  16. Kerry says:

    From wickedpedia, (hat tip, David Warren), about the VW. “In April 1934, Adolf Hitler gave the order to Ferdinand Porsche to develop a Volkswagen (literally, “people’s car” in German…). … On 26 May 1938, Hitler laid the cornerstone for the Volkswagen factory in Fallersleben. He gave a speech, in which he named the car Kraft durch Freude-Wagen (“Strength Through Joy Car”, usually abbreviated to KdF-Wagen). (I myself have owned several Strength through Joy cars. )

  17. Kerry says:

    A new name!!!!! President Denali of Reality.

  18. Imrahil says:

    Dear Chris Garton-Zavesky,

    not to forget Sacramento.

    (There’s an episode of “Munich Stories” about “The Long Way To Sacramento”, when the protagonists make a Western-style journey to a supposed Sacramento.

    Neighbor: “I understand much, of course, but that thing I don’t: that these youngsters all have to find this… what’s it they call it… Sacramento…”

    Grandma Häusler: “I don’t understand much, of course: But that thing I do.”)

  19. Fr. Bryan says:

    Three things: first, naming it Mt. McKinley was an act of Congress, done through the legislative process, and therefore, if it is to renamed, it should be renamed in the same way (if it’s going to be a federal issue in the first place). While it seems trivial, it’s the name of a mountain after all, this seems to be an executive overreach which fits a recurring pattern with this administration that is increasingly disturbing. Second, why so much focus on this with so many other pressing national issues going on today. When will those in Washington DC (not re-named yet) focus on the issues that affect the nation, and work for the common good, rather than just push their own narrative. Think of the issues that are getting lost in the noise because this is headline news. Third, Alaskans do call it Denali, so why not, using the principal of subsidiarity, put it to Alaskans to decide, and leave this issue to the state rather than the federal government ( since naming it was an act of congress in 1917, and it sits within a national park, that may not be possible).

  20. Kathleen10 says:

    But why this?? We have white police officers being slaughtered almost daily. They are being ambushed in many cases, not even having had a conflict with a perpetrator. This is increasing in frequency, and there is not a peep from this fraud in our White House.
    But he has time and energy to “rename mountains”. He has a number of other really critical issues he ought to be addressing and….oh…..what’s the use.

  21. Kathleen10 says:

    And Amen to that, iPadre!

  22. SKAY says:

    Kathleen10 this is about votes along with pushing his global warming/ climate change agenda. I hope he took pictures of all those palm trees that must be sprouting up there now. Besides he HAD to be in a reality show that is being filmed up there. First things first.

    Another Amen iPadre.

  23. Imrahil says:

    Quoth President McKinley:

    “we could not give them”, the Philippines, “back to Spain: that would be cowardly and dishonorable; […] there was nothing left for us to do but to take them all, and to educate the Filipinos, and uplift and civilize and Christianize them, and by God’s grace do the very best we could by them, as our fellow-men for whom Christ also died.”

    He said this about an almost entirely Catholic population.

    It goes without saying that I’ve no problem if he loses his mountain; all the more since I had not been under the impression that the U. S. Constitution empowers congress to rename locations within some constituent state (if you suffer a foreigner’s impudence).

  24. robtbrown says:

    I’m fine with this. Why should the Feds jump in from 3000+ miles away to dictate the name of the mountain? What connection did McKinley have to Alaska?

    A similar thing happened with Cape Canaveral. The Feds tried to change it to Cape Kennedy, the locals objected, and the Feds backed down.

  25. Filipino Catholic says:

    Re Imrahil: McKinley’s comment is all the more irksome considering what nicknames Americans had for the Filipinos: “little brown brothers”, “white man’s burden”, and decades later “Flips”. At least there were still Catholic missionaries coming in from America (especially the Irish-American ones). Unfortunately perhaps the most lasting scar of American rule (besides the weird hero-worship of all things Western) is the associated rejection of our Spanish heritage: there are not many EF Masses offered here, and I have only seen one OF church with the “six candles and crucifix on altar” arrangement.

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