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?

Winning Family
Ruskovich Family
Blanchard, Idaho

Jefferson's Dream

When America was young
She was a dreamer's land,
And I helped to free her
With the pen I held in hand.

What symbolized America's spirit
Was the declaration I penned and signed
That said from tyrant England's rule
We had defiantly resigned.

Now, two centuries later
As I gaze with granite face
Upon a land where dreams come true
I see a lovely place.

It's a place that isn't perfect
But I still dream it will be
Already one dream's come true here:
The dream of liberty.