Just What Were the Founding Fathers Intending in the New Republic


Reblogged from February 2013

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Portraits of our Founding Fathers

The has been a lot of conversation and debate lately about our founding fathers. The heroic revolutionaries who decided that these colonies must break away from England and become a Republic and there had to be freedom here. These men were very different from those who are in government today. They were actually willing, may I go so far as to say, they looked forward to fighting and gaining our independence. They were a brave and very diverse group of men.

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America was imagined and created by men who were liberals and revolutionaries.

The original words of our founding fathers found in the Constitution, Bill of Rights show us a picture of men who were radicals for their day. The entire idea of what they wanted to create here was liberal and so very radical. The founders were a kind of motley crew. I say this with no disrespect meant. They were a group of rather unlikely idealists. They also were imperfect. Some were slave holders, Paine wrote anti-slavery pamphlets and Benjamin Franklin organized the first anti-slavery societies.

Women were never on their radar, even after the famous letter Abigail Adam’s wrote to her husband John Adams. “If particular care and attention are not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion and will not hold ourselves bound to obey any laws in which we have no voice or representation.” Despite Abigail Adam’s efforts, our rights weren’t up for discussion.

The Founding Fathers were not uniformly Christian, they were freethinkers, agnostics, atheists, Christians, Freemasons, and Deists. A Deist professes belief in as-yet-unknown powers evinced in the natural, scientifically observed universe. But whether they were religious or not, they fought for a secular state and for freedom of belief.

The question of slavery was the only big issue they were unable to find a solution for. However, it ended up being left out of the Constitution and they agreed to leave it to later generations to solve this divisive problem. So, as you know, Lincoln was the man who picked up the gauntlet and freed the slaves and held this union together.

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These Founding men were radical and liberal.

It is time to reclaim our nation and return it to its original “patriotic” values. These constitute our rightful inheritance and inspiration. The United States of America was the dream of these great men we revere so much. They considered it the great experiment. To this day, the reason the world wants to come here is not really for the big TV’s, fast foods, etc. The real reason the world wants to come here is still to be part of the remarkable experiment.

After the first Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what type of government the Founders had chosen. Franklin replied, “We have given you a republic—if you can keep it. I believe we must never give up.

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Original sketch of the drawing up of our Constitution

Part of this blog has been excerpted from Fighting Words, by Robin Morgan.

4 thoughts on “Just What Were the Founding Fathers Intending in the New Republic

  1. The rights of people never yet did get completely and justly put to the constitution. Its one thing for our people to be held accountable towards and yet too much of our governing is playing up to capitalist greed mongers… and this goes back to the times of mention here that you hold up as well Barbara. Our nation fails us and we fail it. The wholesome standards of Godly living as prescribed by Jesus are the same standards – do unto others as you would have them do unto you – that is a basic kindergarten teaching. I look at it that way. Our countrymen would prefer to look the other way rather than face off on putting the highest standards of loving and compassionate living into cultural governance.
    ~ Eric

    • All religions teach wholesome values and ways to live morally. We do need compassion and gentleness and love in our country and world. You quote from the Torah and you are quite correct. I think the lack of these traits hurt all go us. We were founded as a Capitalistic Democracy. We were an experiment that has lasted centuries. The Founding Fathers were not perfect but they established a country out of nothing. How many people do we know that would even have the desire to attempt this dream. Remember, women are still not legally equal. That is why it is important that we speak and vote. Remember, I am idealistic. I enjoy the exchange of ideas. You are a good man. Hugs, Barbara

  2. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
    I agree – equality is the heart beat of democracy – the founders based tis on ancient government that failed to bring this about.
    I love your spirit Barbara.
    ~ Eric

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