Jazz Shaw poses an interesting question: What if the Mt. Rushmore monument hadn’t been built yet? Who would be on it now? Or could it even be built today?
Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln would surely be on the rock. Who would get the fourth space? Would Reagan replace Teddy Roosevelt? Some folks might want JFK or Barack Obama (first black President and an Nobel Peace Prize same as TR). Mr. Shaw suggests Dwight Eisenhower. I’d guess that there would be a big push for FDR, and I think a case could be made for Andrew Jackson.
Still, I’d bet that it probably wouldn’t be built. The thought of the environmental paperwork reminds me of this joke:
God comes to Noah and says, “There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that I’m going to destroy the world with a flood, but you and your family will be saved on the Ark you will build. The bad news is that you have to do the paperwork for the EPA.”