We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I believe that the idea was to depict America's LEADERS, not the politicians, on the mountainside, so that their images, and perhaps their ACTIONS and WORDS, might last.
I only question the choice of T. Roosevelt, not including Washington Jefferson and Lincoln.
Couldn't agree more - I suppose TR's ego was large enough to get him on Rushmore. The nearby Crazy Horse Memorial is far more impressive (especially for its Black Hills location) even though only a small fraction is complete.
You know, it's fine--there are plenty of attractive bluffs in SD, I don't begrudge losing one or to an impressive piece of art, including Crazy Horse (which is better, I agree). I don't want them everywhere, mind you.
Indians always believed it a desecration of creator's beauty, and especially an image of Crazy Horse. He never let anyone take a picture of him. No one knows what he looked like, and he would NOT have wanted a sacred mountain destroyed for an image which isn't him.
I grew up and spent most of my life within 60 miles of Mount Muchmore. I always hated the inclusion of the progressive TR. Regardless. It is an impressive and inspiring thing to see. I get choked up every time I visit. Less so now that they have built the parking garage and ruined the natural feel of the place. The natives didn't live in the black hills. Ever. It was never theirs. Crazy Horse leaves me cold. Korzcak was an opportunist who made a fortune off his Crazy Horse mountain. He felt the local community should pay all his bills because he brought tourists to town. He raised his kids off the donations and many of them still work there. Good on them I guess. They have a pretty good scam going.