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According to Joseph J. Ellis, the concept of the Founding Fathers of the U.S. emerged in the 1820s as the last survivors died out. Ellis says the "the founders," or "the fathers," comprised an aggregate of semi-sacred figures whose particular accomplishments and singular achievements were decidedly less important than their sheer presence as a powerful but faceless symbol of past greatness.
"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington
"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." Thomas Jefferson
Is it all an illusion, folk heroes for the plebs, or do 'the fathers' deserve as much respect and praise as we give them?
So as we can see the views of the founding fathers and views of their United States, is very different from the men who are in power today.
What rich powerful politician in the last 50 year or 100 years has enough testicular fortitude to actually sign a document that could end their career lose their home wealth and sign their own death warrant if it didn't work .