In another effort to whitewash the United States of its heritage and icons US citizens hold dear, Obama will announce his plan to rename Mt McKinley, America's highest peak. According to The Hill, "The White House’s announcement did not specify how Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will assert authority to change the mountain’s name without approval from Congress." This is par for the course (no pun intended), rather than to make his conquests through proper channels, Obama will circumvent Congress once again. And once again Congress will let him do it.
Mt McKinley is a 20,237 foot peak in the Denali National Forest. It is also the third highest summit in the world. Nearby natives have referred to the peak as Denali for many years and the name is used across the state of Alaska. William Dickey named it Mt. McKinley in 1896. Dickey was part of the gold rush and William McKinley was then a presidential nominee who supported the gold standard. Hence his reasoning for naming it after McKinley who went on to become President of the United States. The natives call it Denali which means The Great One to them.
For 119 years we have all (well almost all) called the peak Mt McKinley. For 119 years signs have been made with that name on it, books and maps published, textbooks notated. I know that was the name we learned it to be back when I was in school. So now all this will have to be changed with no act of Congress. Has anybody even thought how much this change is going to cost? And who is going to foot the cost? Oh yes, it will be the US taxpayer. The ones who have called this Mt McKinley for 119 years and still will. It's going to be just like the Sear's Tower. Does anyone call it by any other name (even though it's supposed to be called the Willis Tower)?