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    Top 5: Greatest Americans

    The Discovery Channel is asking viewers to vote online for who they think are the five greatest Americans. http://tv.channel.aol.com/greatestamerican

    It's taken me a lot of thought, and I thought it might spark some interesting discussion here on Redszone. Here's my list in no particular order:

    Benjamin Franklin
    Abraham Lincoln
    Sojourner Truth
    Billy Graham
    Jackie Robinson

    Really tough to name just five. I certainly could have listed FDR, Martin Luther King, George Washington, Thomas Edison, Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Sanger, Walt Disney, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Bill Gates or Henry Ford. But, you can only choose five, so have at it.
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Billy Graham
    You do know he's pretty anti-semitic right?

    FDR
    Mark Twain
    Rosa Parks
    Teddy Roosevelt
    Upton Sinclair
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
    You do know he's pretty anti-semitic right?
    Henry Ford was a member of the Nazi party. Wouldn't keep him off of my list. No human is perfect.
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    No human is perfect.
    Oh, I agree. But some have flaws deep enough to keep them off a Greatest Americans list, in my opinion anyway.
    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    But I don't mean to make this in any way a political discussion, I just didn't know if you know. A lot of people don't.
    We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    The next five people to call in to Willie Cunningham's show.
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Billy Graham? I mean, he did rule the WWF for awhile, but great American?



    Oh, wait, wrong Billy Graham!

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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Lincoln
    FDR
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    Martin Luther King
    James Madison
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Benjamin Franklin
    George Washington
    Thomas Edison
    Alexander Graham Bell
    Jonas Salk
    Orville & Wilbur Wright
    Thomas Jefferson
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    Henry Ford
    Martin Luther King Jr
    Teddy Roosevelt
    FDR

    Guess that's more than five, but I'd have a hard time whittling it down

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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Anyone who puts Henry Ford on their top five list better not be complaining about the ills of today's society and its outsourcing, materialism, and unchecked corporate greed and profiteering. Just saying.

    I really like the Upton Sinclair, Benjamin Franklin, and FDR suggestions. What about Frederick Douglass, or Harriet Tubman?

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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Serafini
    Billy Graham? I mean, he did rule the WWF for awhile, but great American?



    Oh, wait, wrong Billy Graham!
    I was thinking the same thing. :MandJ:
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Lincoln
    FDR
    Thomas Paine
    MLK
    Ida Tarbell
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are such obvious choices there is the temptation to be original and not pick them. However I do not believe there were ever two more indispensable Americans.
    But for Washington, the Continental Army might not have held together in the winter of 1776-77, and the American Revolution could have turned out differently, and, but for Washington, the Constitution and the presidency could also be much different-he held things together.
    As for Lincoln, had someone else been our 16th president, the Confederacy may well have gained its independence from the Union, as not every president would have been as resolute as Lincoln.
    I have no problem naming Washington and Lincoln as two of the five. The other three? I don't know.
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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    1. George Washington-one of the reason we have a country
    2. Lincoln-saved our country
    3. Robert E. Lee-after Civil War he devoted his life for the youth to obtain higher education
    4. General George S. Patton-tremendous factor for America winning WWII in Europe
    5. John F. Kennedy-we all wouldn't be here if not for Kennedy (Cuban Missile Crisis)

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    Re: Top 5: Greatest Americans

    Johnny Bench?


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