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Could we build Mt. Rushmore today?
Hot Air ^ | August 4, 2012 | JAZZ SHAW

Posted on 08/04/2012 9:44:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

This was a question that I put out to a number of my friends and contacts last week, on Twitter and across a couple of e-mail lists. Imagine for a moment that Mt. Rushmore had never been built and the mountain still stood today as a natural rock outcrop. Could we come together as a nation and build such a monument in 2012? There are a number of questions to be wrestled to the ground on this one. Who would pay for it and how? Who would oppose it and why? And – perhaps most contentious of all – which faces would adorn it?

I received a number of interesting responses. One of the more surprising ones came from John Hawkins at Right Wing News, who opined that we couldn’t, but with a rather unexpected twist. His take was that environmentalists would block any such construction under the guise of protecting the environment. (Presumably the yellow necked sand tit would lose half of its nesting grounds. Or something.)

A less popular opinion came on the spending front. One liberal correspondent (who shall remain nameless) claimed that the Tea Party would block the project if there were any tax dollars involved in funding it. (The actual monument was, in fact, bankrolled with federal funding and the National Park Service took over management before it was even finished.)

The majority opinion was that everyone would pay lip service to the need for this type of memorial, but an immediate battle would break out over which presidents to enshrine on such a monument today. Leaving the monument “as is” with some faces from before the modern era of political schisms might be palatable to a majority, but would there be a rush to put some slightly more modern faces up there? And if so… who?

Reagan is the easy answer for conservatives. I suppose the Democrats would push for Kennedy as an easy out, though there would doubtless be a short lived push for Obama as the historic, first black president, etc. (Hey… he got a Nobel, didn’t he?) Does anyone else in the post Teddy Roosevelt era stand out enough to bump one of the current figures off the top of the hill? Or perhaps a 19th century POTUS who was overlooked before?

I might make a case for Ike, though even I would be pushing it with fairly faint praise compared to the current denizens. So, the question for your consideration this weekend is put forward. Could we do it? If not… why not? And if so, who should be there if we were to start the project from square one today?


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1 posted on 08/04/2012 9:44:37 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Nope


2 posted on 08/04/2012 9:48:49 AM PDT by al baby (“If Barack Obama has a Harvard law degree, he didn’t earn that. Somebody else made that happen.”)
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To: Kaslin

Nope.

The EPA,
ENVIRONUTS,
US SENATE,
DemoRats,
ACLU,
Unions, would get in the way


3 posted on 08/04/2012 9:50:41 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin
Truman. Because he nuked our enemies.

/johnny

4 posted on 08/04/2012 9:50:41 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: al baby

‘We’ didn’t build Mt. Rushmore, so the question is absurd.


5 posted on 08/04/2012 9:51:39 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: SandRat
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6 posted on 08/04/2012 9:53:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin

Of course not.

But as the country spirals down in the muslim prehistory, you may see it erased.


7 posted on 08/04/2012 9:53:58 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama Kills))
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To: Kaslin

I’m not sure there area any men or women very deserving of it nowadays. Reagan, maybe, but the country would NEVER agree on it.

We are definitely, and sadly, far too divided now to achieve or build anything of such iconic greatness.

Perhaps one day this country will regain its spirtual footing, — but I feel we’re going to have to hit rock bottom before it happens — or kick out some of these rabble rousers that hate America and its way of life.

I feel, most of all, this country has become on that loves pleasure and money more than God and doing His will. It’s all about power and money, power and money.

Just some rambling thoughts.


8 posted on 08/04/2012 9:54:14 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Kaslin

There is no way in hell that Mt. Rushmore would get built in this era.

First, liberals wouldn’t support it for environmental issues.

Secondly, liberals despise America.

Thirdly, if liberals were going to celebrate any Americans like that, it would be Malcolm X, Susan B Oprah Winfrey, Caesar Chavez, and Barack Hussein Obama.


9 posted on 08/04/2012 9:56:10 AM PDT by radpolis (Liberals: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy)
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To: Kaslin
Here are 48 things that Barack Obama has done which should make his supporters feel ashamed and embarrassed
10 posted on 08/04/2012 9:57:43 AM PDT by grundle
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To: Kaslin

Sure America could.

As long as it was only one head - and that one Obama’s.

/s


11 posted on 08/04/2012 9:58:58 AM PDT by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Kaslin

I still believe that Americans can do anything a put their minds to in the world. The only trouble is the have to carry 10 liberals hanging on their at every turn. I makes it harder to do.


12 posted on 08/04/2012 9:59:39 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: LibsRJerks

I think the Indians would object, the Black Hills are undoubtedly sacred ground. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be built, only that it would have to be part of a casino, and a casino is where you see your wealth disappears. So whose face should be on a place where the the money disappears?


13 posted on 08/04/2012 10:05:08 AM PDT by Old North State
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To: Kaslin
The is what the current regime would authorize (by executive order):


14 posted on 08/04/2012 10:15:29 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: SandRat
Not if The One was to be carved into the stone. Then not only would they approve, they would do it for free.


15 posted on 08/04/2012 10:19:08 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Kaslin
I wish they would finally open the other side to the public.
16 posted on 08/04/2012 10:20:08 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: AlmaKing

“‘We’ didn’t build Mt. Rushmore, so the question is absurd.”

I agree. A man with a dream and his family along with donations and some helpers built Mt. Rushmore. The “we” is absolutely absurd.


17 posted on 08/04/2012 10:22:09 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Kaslin

No. For all the reasons mentioned.

America just isn’t the country it used to be, sadly.


18 posted on 08/04/2012 10:24:13 AM PDT by greene66
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To: Kaslin

It would not be politically possible.Marx and Lenin, possibly but the enviros might even scotch that.


19 posted on 08/04/2012 10:24:28 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Kaslin

We could, but would not.

It is like the polticians credo of “there are no easy answers or solutions’, which is a lie. There are simple answers and solutions to most all problems, but the problem is they are hard, so will never be heeded nor implemented.


20 posted on 08/04/2012 10:25:28 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Once I was young, now I am old and the in between went way too fast)
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To: Kaslin
The only logical choice would be to put ‘RUSH!’ on it.

Money wouldn't be a problem as it could be self funded.

Next question?

21 posted on 08/04/2012 10:25:32 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Kaslin

The problem is that if you built it today, it would be so PC, only liberal icons need apply.


22 posted on 08/04/2012 10:26:35 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kaslin

23 posted on 08/04/2012 10:27:42 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Kaslin

As long as the faces were of Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin.


24 posted on 08/04/2012 10:41:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the collectivists.)
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To: Kaslin

The Lakotas want the Black Hills back. They’d oppose the Rushmore project because they see it as *their* land. And to be fair, the US gov’t broke the 1868 treaty which so declared it. The Supreme court a couple of decades ago, agreed with the Lakotas and ordered the US gov’t to pay a fortune for the land but the Lakotas won’t touch the money: they want their sacred Black Hills back.

It’s getting easier and easier to sympathize with the Lakotas. After all, the Constitution is the “treaty” that we the people have, with the federal government. And the feds have broken that treaty too, and are now making preparations to destroy us.

We’re all Indians now.


25 posted on 08/04/2012 10:45:05 AM PDT by Rytwyng (I'm still fond of the United States. I just can't find it. -- Fred Reed)
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To: Kaslin

The Lakotas want the Black Hills back. They’d oppose the Rushmore project because they see it as *their* land. And to be fair, the US gov’t broke the 1868 treaty which so declared it. The Supreme court a couple of decades ago, agreed with the Lakotas and ordered the US gov’t to pay a fortune for the land but the Lakotas won’t touch the money: they want their sacred Black Hills back.

It’s getting easier and easier to sympathize with the Lakotas. After all, the Constitution is the “treaty” that we the people have, with the federal government. And the feds have broken that treaty too, and are now making preparations to destroy us.

We’re all Indians now.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 10:45:24 AM PDT by Rytwyng (I'm still fond of the United States. I just can't find it. -- Fred Reed)
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To: bmwcyle

At first I thought you said 10 liberals hanging at every turn. Not a bad idea at all.


27 posted on 08/04/2012 10:52:06 AM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: Kaslin
Who would pay for it and how? Who would oppose it and why?I would oppose it because Torah forbids making any likeness of anything. I was over at Rapid City recently and drove up to see these sculptures for the first time and the first thing I thought of was this commandment in Torah. Plus I would not like paying for it.
28 posted on 08/04/2012 11:06:09 AM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: beelzepug

That would be such encouragement to keep going.


29 posted on 08/04/2012 11:07:44 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: beelzepug

What happened to the Crazy Horse Statue? Lets finish it! As for US presidents—Only one stands out in recent memory—Reagan. That would have to be done with private resources.


30 posted on 08/04/2012 11:08:26 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Parley Baer

Point taken but the family secured federal funding to complete the carvings.

So, “we” didn’t build it, but we financed it. Sort of like building a house. The Gov’t “stole” it in 1933 by turning it into a national monument...after all, the gov’t paid for it.


31 posted on 08/04/2012 11:09:18 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Kaslin
Are you f---ing kidding!!!...

Today we are just a few years from it being dynamited down by our green/leftest Taliban rulers...

Sadly I would makes a bet they will be torn down with in the next fifty years

32 posted on 08/04/2012 11:27:59 AM PDT by tophat9000 (American is Barack Oaken)
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To: Kaslin

From a technical perspective ... yes.
From a political perspective ... no.


33 posted on 08/04/2012 11:46:29 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

You probably could laser cut it in a week.


34 posted on 08/04/2012 12:03:31 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: Kaslin

All one just needs to look at is the horrid Gehry designed memorial for Ike. The MLK memorial made him look like some hero in socialist realism style of the Soviet Union or Mao’s China. Our post-modern Zeitgeist could not even conceive of a Rushmore memorial.


35 posted on 08/04/2012 12:43:14 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: Kaslin

Interesting question. The environmentalists sure would try to stop it. In fact, I’ve read a few columns by dizzy lib scribblers, (Nick Coleman of the Minn. Red-Star Tribune for example) who advocated blowing up the present carvings on Mt. Rushmore. However, not far from Mt. Rushmore the form of Crazy Horse is taking shape (long way to go). I’ll bet the enviro-Nazis would be happy with Crazy Horse but against the presidents. One guess why. I’m for both carvings.


36 posted on 08/04/2012 1:55:16 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Parley Baer

There was federal funding for Mt. Rushmore. The Crazy Horse memorial receives no federal funding.


37 posted on 08/04/2012 2:00:26 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

I love America. America saved my life. Having said that.
We could not build it because:

1. Not the same people.
2. Not the same dream.
3. Humphrey-Hawkins act.
$. Who really wants Harvey Milk on Mt. Rushmore.


38 posted on 08/04/2012 2:19:07 PM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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To: Kaslin
As far as the faces go—Elvis, J-Lo, Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson.
39 posted on 08/04/2012 2:29:02 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin; All
If it were carved today, "person of the century" FDR & "historical" Obama would be on it with Washington and Lincoln, if both Washington and Lincoln made the cut.
40 posted on 08/04/2012 3:46:35 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: tommix2

They’re not worshipped as gods, why would they be forbidden in the Torah’s proscription of idols and graven images?


41 posted on 08/04/2012 3:53:11 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: Kaslin

No.
Nor could we build Hoover Dam, The Golden Gate Bridge, the LA-Colorado River Aqueduct, the Interstate Highway system or a transcontinental railroad.

Not with this EPA, this President and the current army of lawyers.


42 posted on 08/04/2012 3:59:52 PM PDT by cookcounty (Kagan and Sotomayor side with Joe Wilson: -------Obama DID lie!)
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To: Kaslin

They didn’t build it then, it’s unfinished. Meanwhile they are building a Crazy Horse monument, so I think the answer is yes.


43 posted on 08/04/2012 4:01:21 PM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: discostu

I have seen the Crazy Horse monument. The only thing that is fairly finished is the head of the horse. There is still a lot to be done one it


44 posted on 08/04/2012 4:05:59 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

He wished


45 posted on 08/04/2012 4:10:19 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin

By original spec Mt Rushmore is only about half done. But there is work being done on Crazy Horse, thus proving that America on some level still has the will to turn a mountain into a statue.


46 posted on 08/04/2012 4:11:19 PM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Kaslin
Could we Build Mt. Rushmore Today?

NO!

The Tennessee Valley Project?
NO!

The Erie Canal?
NO!

The Niagara Hydroelectric Project?
NO!

The Golden Gate Bridge?
NO!

The Interstate Highway System?
NO!

The Colorado River Water Project.
NO!

The Florida Keys Highway?
NO!

The California Central Valley National Vegetables Basket?
NO!

The Manhattan Project?
NO!

In short, nothing, any longer, of lasting value and benefit to people. All the monuments to industry, imagination, individual vision and effort.

All that is being adressed today, wasting forever national effort and wealth, is creating a new Royal Political Class, and promoting and growing two of the world's largest cultures of parasites : "Envoronmentalists" and welfare parasites. And both supported by a bewildering alphabet soup of bureaucratic enablers. They must all be squished out of existence without mercy or a second thought. It's either that, or the unknown void of anarchy and civil war.

People First must be the new national goal. The freedoms, safety and security of all America's productive citizens. And a restoration of the productive people as masters, and the elected and appointed bureaucracy as servants. A subservient bureaucracy, take it or leave it.

47 posted on 08/04/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Rytwyng

You have stated it PERFECTLY!!


48 posted on 08/04/2012 7:21:05 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: tommix2
I would oppose it because Torah forbids making any likeness of anything.

ANYthing???

49 posted on 08/04/2012 7:22:20 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

With foam, glass, and epoxy could build it in a week!!!


50 posted on 08/04/2012 7:30:19 PM PDT by dalereed
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