Ronald Reagan Could Be Added To Mt. Rushmore

Photo: TK (Fred J. Eckert/Ambassador Eckert Images)

Photo: TK (Fred J. Eckert/Ambassador Eckert Images)

It might just be a neocon’s wet dream today, but if Sarah Palin is elected President of the United States next year, I’d say the odds suddenly change in favor of adding Reagan’s ugly mug to Rushmore … ABC News reports on a serious campaign to make it happen:

Ask the most passionate admirers of former President Ronald Reagan to rate the greatness of his legacy, and they’ll likely put him in the company of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.

While Congress debated and ultimately rejected that idea in 1999, the concept still tickles conservatives, who see the question — should Reagan be on Rushmore? — as an entree to discussing the former president’s clout.

“Is he of that stature? The answer is yes,” said Grover Norquist, chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project. “Reagan was the most successful president of the twentieth century. He took a country that was in economic collapse and militarily in retreat around the globe and turned it completely around.”

Norquist, who led the effort to rename Washington’s National Airport after Reagan, has been using the president’s centennial anniversary to make a renewed push to bring the Reagan name and likeness to every county in all 50 states.

“In South Dakota, Reagan deserves a mountain carving of his own, like Crazy Horse,” he said, referring to the Native American leader who has a monument down the road from Rushmore.

Reagan already has more than 100 official physical namesakes in at least 27 states and four countries, according to a list compiled by the National Archives through January 2010…

[continues at ABC News]

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  • Miketomlison

    I’m still puzzled by what this man actually did to help the country. All I’ve heard is claims never any real concrete proof that he did anything but push more and more for conservative thought.

    • Honu

      I’m not a Reagan fan but I will admit that for conservatives I can understand their near orgasm response to his name. If there’s any ‘greatness’ in Reagan it’s in context to where the country was at at the time. The 1960’s youth ideologies had morphed into the depressingly realistic 70’s and the idealism had mutated into like a standstill of ineffectiveness. Reagan kind of kicked started hyper materialism and big business which certainly got the country moving but also accelerated the levels of greed and corruption we see today. I don’t think Reagan was particularly great in that he championed some noble ideas but he did move the country definitively.

      • DeepCough

        Yeah, he moved the country all right: he moved it to fascism, plutocracy, and theocracy. God bless Regan for that.

  • Miketomlison

    I’m still puzzled by what this man actually did to help the country. All I’ve heard is claims never any real concrete proof that he did anything but push more and more for conservative thought.

  • Honu

    I’m not a Reagan fan but I will admit that for conservatives I can understand their near orgasm response to his name. If there’s any ‘greatness’ in Reagan it’s in context to where the country was at at the time. The 1960’s youth ideologies had morphed into the depressingly realistic 70’s and the idealism had mutated into like a standstill of ineffectiveness. Reagan kind of kicked started hyper materialism and big business which certainly got the country moving but also accelerated the levels of greed and corruption we see today. I don’t think Reagan was particularly great in that he championed some noble ideas but he did move the country definitively.

  • Joyfulendeavors

    I bow my head in shame for what American leaders have done to our Mountains ( sacred to the First People ). I an sorry that our leaders would choose to do more harm to Mt. Rushmore. I’m sure that when the Mountains were created there was no intention for them to become message boards for the ruling partys. I am embarassed by the unfortunate deeds of Ronald Reagan and I challange any one who admires him to study his deregulatory policys and the terrible effect they have had on our economy. Ronald Reagan was an Actor who played his roles well in and out of politics. He deserves Academy Awards, Not defamation of Mountains. Through the selfishness and greed of our leaders we are advancing tword our own inevitable ruin and advertize it by our arrogant destruction of all that is natural.

  • Joyfulendeavors

    I bow my head in shame for what American leaders have done to our Mountains ( sacred to the First People ). I an sorry that our leaders would choose to do more harm to Mt. Rushmore. I’m sure that when the Mountains were created there was no intention for them to become message boards for the ruling partys. I am embarassed by the unfortunate deeds of Ronald Reagan and I challange any one who admires him to study his deregulatory policys and the terrible effect they have had on our economy. Ronald Reagan was an Actor who played his roles well in and out of politics. He deserves Academy Awards, Not defamation of Mountains. Through the selfishness and greed of our leaders we are advancing tword our own inevitable ruin and advertize it by our arrogant destruction of all that is natural.

  • samthor

    I have to agree with Joyfulendeavors.
    Those mountains are sacred to the Lakota. The US govt. broke a treaty for that land.
    Then some idiot thought he could make things right by carving an image of Crazy Horse on the other side…. which just desecrates the land more.
    How about for once, America just do the right thing. Instead of glorifying a man who “acted” like a President; Honor their word in a treaty with the tribes.

  • Anonymous

    I have to agree with Joyfulendeavors.
    Those mountains are sacred to the Lakota. The US govt. broke a treaty for that land.
    Then some idiot thought he could make things right by carving an image of Crazy Horse on the other side…. which just desecrates the land more.
    How about for once, America just do the right thing. Instead of glorifying a man who “acted” like a President; Honor their word in a treaty with the tribes.

  • Blamma

    This man signed the laws that made the economic crisis of 2009 possible. He drop upper-class taxes, which made the rich richer and the poor poorer. He was a gigantic tool, put in the white house by large business owners, and everything he did was for them and their fortune, all the while screwing over the little guy and telling them it’s actually a good thing and they should liek it.

    And they’re giving him a place on mount rushmore?

    *OBSCENE VULGARITIES AND CURSEWORDS*

  • Blamma

    This man signed the laws that made the economic crisis of 2009 possible. He drop upper-class taxes, which made the rich richer and the poor poorer. He was a gigantic tool, put in the white house by large business owners, and everything he did was for them and their fortune, all the while screwing over the little guy and telling them it’s actually a good thing and they should liek it.

    And they’re giving him a place on mount rushmore?

    *OBSCENE VULGARITIES AND CURSEWORDS*

  • Lbl

    No. Please I couldent stand him when he was alive muvh less now.

  • Lbl

    No. Please I couldent stand him when he was alive muvh less now.

  • DeepCough

    Yeah, he moved the country all right: he moved it to fascism, plutocracy, and theocracy. God bless Regan for that.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Way behind the curve, my man. I’d proposed that Reagan be crushed UNDER Mt. Rushmore way back in the 1980’s.

    • Haystack

      I was thinking that we could just see the back of his head, blowing George Washington

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Way behind the curve, my man. I’d proposed that Reagan be crushed UNDER Mt. Rushmore way back in the 1980’s.

  • Nobilis

    OH GOD NO

  • Anonymous

    OH GOD NO

  • Anonymous

    OH GOD NO

  • Anonymous

    OH GOD NO

  • Simiantongue

    Instead perhaps they should just put the Merill Lynch bull up there. It was their show after all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTcL6Xc_eMM

  • Simiantongue

    Instead perhaps they should just put the Merill Lynch bull up there. It was their show after all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTcL6Xc_eMM

  • Mormonsanta

    Why not? It will provide target practice for invading armies…

  • Mormonsanta

    Why not? It will provide target practice for invading armies…

  • Mormonsanta

    Why not? It will provide target practice for invading armies…

  • mrtastycakes

    “Norquist, who led the effort to rename Washington’s National Airport after Reagan . . . ”

    That was pointless. Over a decade later, most DC area residents (myself included) still get confused when someone calls it “Reagan” instead of “National.”

  • mrtastycakes

    “Norquist, who led the effort to rename Washington’s National Airport after Reagan . . . ”

    That was pointless. Over a decade later, most DC area residents (myself included) still get confused when someone calls it “Reagan” instead of “National.”

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    But where will we find a breed of elephant large enough to drop a deuce we can sculpt into Reagan’s likeness? If we can’t use ironically relevant materials…why even bother?

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    But where will we find a breed of elephant large enough to drop a deuce we can sculpt into Reagan’s likeness? If we can’t use ironically relevant materials…why even bother?

  • Haystack

    I was thinking that we could just see the back of his head, blowing George Washington

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Does this say something about the faces that are already on Rushmore? Maybe our “history” is really more like “mythology”??? As Orwell wrote, “The past controls the future; the presents controls the past.”

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    Does this say something about the faces that are already on Rushmore? Maybe our “history” is really more like “mythology”??? As Orwell wrote, “The past controls the future; the presents controls the past.”

  • rtb61

    How appropriate for the United States, Ronald Reagan’s head a Mount Rushmore, a monument to bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    How appropriate for the United States, Ronald Reagan’s head a Mount Rushmore, a monument to bullshit.

  • Hadrian999

    if he gets put there I wonder if there will be a plaque about how he drove up spending and the deficit in true conservative fashion and was chased out of Lebanon by terrorists like a true american hero

  • Hadrian999

    if he gets put there I wonder if there will be a plaque about how he drove up spending and the deficit in true conservative fashion and was chased out of Lebanon by terrorists like a true american hero

  • Gbev44

    This debate about Reagan on Mount Rushmore has been going on for at least 20 years, but anyone who has been to Mount Rushmore knows from the basic information they provide that it isn’t even possible to add another face to the mountain. There is no more rock that is suitable for carving.

    • Anarchy Pony

      thank gawd.

  • Gbev44

    This debate about Reagan on Mount Rushmore has been going on for at least 20 years, but anyone who has been to Mount Rushmore knows from the basic information they provide that it isn’t even possible to add another face to the mountain. There is no more rock that is suitable for carving.

  • You Are An Animal

    thank gawd.

  • Anonymous

    Cool. I look forward to seeing Reagan’s stony visage defaced by some brave and heroic graffiti artists.

  • tooCents

    Cool. I look forward to seeing Reagan’s stony visage defaced by some brave and heroic graffiti artists.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Biggest Hitler ‘stache ever.

      • tooCents

        Picturing that I’m actually getting my hopes up.

  • Wanooski

    Biggest Hitler ‘stache ever.

  • Anonymous

    Picturing that I’m actually getting my hopes up.

  • Anonymous

    Picturing that I’m actually getting my hopes up.

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