1998 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest

Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

Third Prize: Adult Prose
Cody Thomas
Rapid City, South Dakota
Winner: $100 U.S. Savings Bond

Thomas Jefferson

Thanks to technology. I have been cloned from my own DNA, and am able to respond directly with respect to speculation about how I would address this nation if I could speak today.

I am proud of the part I played in the forming of this great country. I was honored to be associated with some of the most freedom loving, idealistic type individuals, this world has ever gathered. We felt ourselves to be directed by God, and I continue to believe that this is so.

We sought to provide for a form of government which would protect the principles of freedom of mankind as God had intended. These freedoms should never come into peril because of the passage of time, nor should our endeavors to preserve these freedoms by chaining our government to the Constitution, be corrupted for political convenience.

We should not have a greater fear of our own government than we do from foreign invaders. We should not have to wonder if our elected will prefer to honor their duty to the Constitution or if they will find their loyalty directed elsewhere. To preserve our Constitution, we must demand our freedoms are not lost through legislative action, nor to satisfy an administrative decision.