Mount Rushmore 2
I don't remember where this meme came from. I don't know why I just thought of it.
If you had your choice, which four presidents (excluding the four already engraved) would you place on a Second Mount Rushmore?
Well, the first guy you put up there is Ronald Reagan. That's a no brainer. Despite the left's irrational hatred of him, he basically saved an entire hemisphere, if not the entire world. The fall of Communism is owed in a large part to this man. He gets spot #1.
Spot #2 goes to James Madison, president during the war of 1812. Sure, he did most of his good things while not President, but the same can be said of Thomas Jefferson, who passed the disasterous Embargo Act of 1807 and still got up on Mount Rushmore (as he deserved). James Madison, father of the Constitution and commander in chief during the war of 1812, goes up alongside Reagan.
Spots 3 and 4 were a five-way race in which only two men could emerge victorious. Spot #3 I think would have to go to *surprise* Silent Cal, Calvin Coolidge. If you want to credit Clinton with the '90s boom, you have to credit Cal with the "roaring twenties". Add to this the fact that his inaugural address was only 100 words, and he almost never spoke, plus his insistence that government should always butt out of business and private affairs, and it looks like he gets up there too.
Spot 4 was equally shocking, even to me, when I found myself giving the nod to Harry Truman. Yes, a Democrat. Probably the most underrated Democrat president of all time, and MUCH better than FDR. He made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, a decision tougher than probably any president since Lincoln has had to make. He also scaled back some of the New Deal disasters (though not by much) with his "Fair Deal". He may have stumbled in Korea, but George Bush I stumbled in Iraq. (Thankfully, George Bush II fixed that, no matter what the Libs say). Harry Truman gets spot #4 for now - if President Bush decides to go back to his promised-cut-spending ways, he could quite possibly topple Truman from his place atop the second Mount Rushmore.
Honorary Mentions: Grover Cleveland, Dwight Eisenhower, James K. Polk