For the last several years I have watched activist
on the left and the right who find it necessary to quote the founding fathers as the end all to a political argument.
After seven years, maybe we’ve just done it too much.
As much as we all respect the founding fathers–Madison, Jefferson, Washington and so forth– isn’t it just as important to understand their frame of mind in their own time.
Here’s my point, all of our founding fathers from the late 1700s to the early 1800s new absolutely nothing about the technology we have today. They knew nothing about, and frankly could not even imagine, our ability to harness the hydrogen atom and literally blow the world away.
When the founding fathers were talking about the right to bear arms, did it ever cross their mind that people would be walking around with semiautomatic weapons in their local Wal-Mart?
These were very smart men. Some of the most educated and indeed the wealthiest that our nation had to offer. But in the end they were limited in scope.
The knew that. That’s why they left us with ideology as well as a Constitutional foundation.