Originally posted by chissler
I maybe wrong but aren't these the Founding Fathers? If it is meant to symbolize this, how could you suddenly add another figure?
Well, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are certainly "founding fathers" but the monument wasn't built to exclusively honor these men -- as
founding fathers of the United States. Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt are up there as well.
Abe Lincoln, well, I can see him being up there. Without going into the causes of the Civil War and whether Abraham Lincoln really
wage a war between the states over the issue of slavery, I will say that he deserves to up there as well. After all, he was
the president that
guided his nation through, perhaps, its' most perilous time.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt? OK, Teddy was president and a bonafide
(?) war hero (he bravely
led the charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba
against the Spanish). But, frankly, Teddy certainly doesn't fall into my list of "great presidents".
So, from this list of presidents on Mount Rushmore, it would appear that the presidents that they immortalized really were, in a sense, picked
arbitrarily (Where's John Adams or Harry S. Truman? If the criteria for being carved into the side of granite mountain were "greatness", where are
In fact, I seem to remember reading somewhere that the original plan for the carvings at Mount Rushmore were to include the entire president! You
know, arms, legs, torso. We're talking truly epic proportions here. But they ran out of funding or some such thing.
Nevertheless, I can't find any rule or law from prohiting the addition of a new presidential head.
What about Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower or John F. Kennedy? They'd be good. Both were "war heroes". Or could you think of someone better?