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  •  agreed. (0+ / 0-)

    There are many aspects of current society that the founders couldn't have envisioned. I'd be careful about glorifying the old days too much, though. Remember, we're talking about a small group of landowners, in whom society's wealth was largely concentrated, who crafted a Constitution that, in no small part, was designed to protect that wealth against the masses (who not only were "low information" -- they weren't even allowed to vote!).

    Hope you fall on your burger and fries.

    by cardinal on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 07:55:31 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, believe me, I don't in any way (1+ / 0-)
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      glorify the old days. Having said that, i DO think the Founders got a lot right, particularly in the context of their times.  Gotta be careful about judging people in history by current day morals, mores, standards, etc.

      •  Yes, indeed. (0+ / 0-)

        And that's one point I always try to impress upon my students. For example, even if Thomas Jefferson didn't live up to our notion of "all men are created equal," his articulation of those words have served as a catalyst and talking point for every subsequent American who has tried to make society more truly equal.

        And the Constitution's flexibility and timelessness is so powerful that not even the current Supreme Court can totally muck it up.

        Hope you fall on your burger and fries.

        by cardinal on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:21:07 AM PDT

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