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  •  Luckily for us, they aren't around to object. (13+ / 0-)

    I've never understood the fetishism surounding the founders.  They were mostly good folk I suppose, relative to their historical era.  They at least had the good sense to listen to political theorists like JS Mill, John Locke, etc.  

    But at their core they were the New World aristocracy that successfully subverted and replaced the Old World aristocracy.  Their genius was that they left us with a form of government that could be ammended without blood shed.  So instead of the Sufferagettes having to storm the capital we just passed and ratified the 19th ammendment.  To which, I'm quite certain, many members of the Constitutional Convention would have had a stroke about.

    But you know what? They were wrong about women's sufferage, slavery, and whole host of other things.  So take the wisdom they left in their writings as appropriate and to hell with the late 1700s bullshit.

    Todd Akin and the GOP would have us back in an era where the founding fathers would have been pleased with the social order.  And that is why they need to be defeated.

    "If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -Tony Benn (-6.38,-6.36)

    by The Rational Hatter on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:36:45 PM PDT

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