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Old 06-17-2005, 01:49 AM   #1
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Smile 25 Greatest Americans

Vote for the top 5 greatest Americans.

http://tv.channel.aol.com/greatestamerican

Here is the list of the top 25 greatest Americans.

Muhammad Ali
Lance Armstrong
Neil Armstrong
George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Walt Disney
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Henry Ford
Benjamin Franklin
Bill Gates
Billy Graham
Bob Hope
Thomas Jefferson
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Abraham Lincoln
Rosa Parks
Elvis Pressley
Ronald Reagan
Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
George Washington
Oprah Winfrey
The Wright Brothers


Who is your greatest American? Personally, I would have to say Chuck Yeager. I think that breaking the sound barrier is one of the great achievements in the last century.

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Old 06-17-2005, 09:03 AM   #2
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Why is Lincoln on there? If people really knew what he stood for.
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Old 06-17-2005, 09:03 AM   #3
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I would have to say that some of the greatest Americans are some of the unknown people. The men and women in the military, the police and firemen, the doctors, nurses, health care givers, the teachers, the people who help others without getting anything in return other than the satisfaction of doing something good. I find these people much greater than someone like Walt Disney or Elvis.
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Old 06-17-2005, 12:30 PM   #4
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I agree GB this list sounds more like "who's the most popular American". Not that these are bad people. They are good for their own reasons. But, when I think GREAT Americans Elvis just doesn't pop to the top of the list.
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I would have to say that some of the greatest Americans are some of the unknown people. The men and women in the military, the police and firemen, the doctors, nurses, health care givers, the teachers, the people who help others without getting anything in return other than the satisfaction of doing something good. I find these people much greater than someone like Walt Disney or Elvis.

I agree wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, the biggest newsmakers tend to get the vote. I would have to say that the greatest Americans are the everyday working folks, whether you are Mom, the baker, grocery clerk, firefighter, forester, nurse, etc. We are the people that keep this country going and I think that most people tend to forget that.
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How come I am not on this list?..I am just kidding but (I agree with GB
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Old 06-23-2005, 07:54 PM   #7
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I have a problem with Elvis being on there, along with Walt Disney, Muhammed Ali and Rosa Parks too. One brave deed doesn't make you the greatest American. Neither does building an empire to a mouse or being a washed up drug addicted rock and roller who died of his indulgences, not to mention a draft dodging boxer - even if he was a great one. On top of this, there are several womanizers on the list (Clinton, Jefferson, King and Roosevelt that I know of). They could have tried a bit harder I think.

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i agree 100 % gb
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Old 06-24-2005, 07:00 AM   #9
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Amen, geebs. It's the working class heroes for me.
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Picking the greatest (almost) anything is a subjective act and filled with absurdity. Of course this is popularity. DO people really understand what greatness is? Do the people answering the question give it thought beyond "well I have heard of him"?

Lincoln a great American? Ok, I can go with that, I do know what he stood for and I also know what he stood up to. A weaker man or a weaker president and we might not now have a USA.



Ali? No. A great boxer, a courageous man, but a great American? No.



Chuck Yeager? Maybe, but not because he broker the sound barrier. That was a mater of being a great pilot and a brave man. If he is a great American, it is because he served his country bravely and diligently.



But you see, I view this as a Great AMERICAN, as a opposed to an American that was great.



It is subjective and semantics and the exercise is foolish and futile.
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