I’m really getting tired of reading columnists who invoke the principles of the Founding Fathers as their touchstone, e.g. Linda Turley-Hansen, Oct. 13, 2012. Just which Founding Father is she referring to — Alexander Hamilton, who thought state governors should be appointed by Congress; James Madison, who didn’t think the Constitution needed a Bill of Rightsl; or Patrick Henry, who said he “smelt a rat” when asked why he declined to attend the Constitutional Convention?
The idea that the Founding Fathers all held the same values and principles is a myth, and it needs to be discarded. They were not demigods. They were ordinary men doing the best they could to put together a working government, and they freely admitted they didn’t always get it right.
If there was anything they had in common, it was that they knew that had to make compromises, something that seems to be in short supply today.