1999 Mount Rushmore
International Writing Contest
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln:
Presidents with Visions for America

If they could speak today,
what might they say?

Eleventh Grade Winner
Parham Gerami
R J Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Jefferson: The Rise of the Common Man

"That government is best which governs least," a phrase I coined long ago to display my trust in the capabilities of the common man in America. This great nation was founded and still relies on the abilities of this American hero, and the federal government simply serves as his agent. As I sit atop Mt. Rushmore, I skim the horizon analyzing today's society. As I look, today's society which was created bt the common man allows me to stand proud.I stand proud to see that the ingenuity of the common man has created the most industrial nation in the world. I stand proud to see the common man's dedication along with his courage and bravery has created the most elite armed forces in the world. I stand proud to see that throught the acceptance of diversity, Americans of different backgrounds come together to work hand in hand for one common goal. To build a stronger, and more beautiful America. As I look, I feel proud, not only at the accomplishments of the American Common Man, but by having the honor to be named an American, just like him!