The bizarre hagiography of the Founding Fathers

All too often we hear about the need to recover the “intention” of the Founding Fathers as if it was a static immutable idea or universal truth accessed through the exegesis of out of context fragments. At the same time these interpretations pay no attention to historical, social or even textual context—and ignoring the fact that what was great about the founders was not the instance of government they created but the fact that they took the best of their knowledge and created a better system of government than any they had experienced. That should be the true lesson of the founders. Found a government that is far better than any that has ever existed previously.


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~ by severalfourmany on January 30, 2012.

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