"It is sobering to reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
Charles A. Beard (1874-1948)
If you are a fan of history you know about Dr. Beard. He is a professor and historian of long repute, and wrote especially about the rise of the American experience and the economics surrounding it.
This quote interests me for so many reasons. It seems so current!
And it goes to show that some things are a great circle of recurrence.
This was said during the early days of the Depression when the country was experiencing what he saw as dramatic, wasteful spending increases. He wrote that little economic "stimulus" would be the result, and he was right.
He would be so condemning now of our reckless gubment spending, and would be derided because of his position.
We hear so often that the Founding Fathers are old, dead, white guys. And had no understanding of our day. And created a document that might have been fine for the past, but things are modern now, there are many more people, and so the things they said and did are no longer applicable.
ALL THAT IS PAP. UTTER PAP. IT IS SAID BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO SUBSTANCE TO OFFER, SO INSTEAD OF REBUTTING WHAT THE FOUNDING FATHERS HAD TO SAY, THEY TRY TO GAIN POSITION BY DEMEANING.
The Founding Fathers were concerned with tyranny. They wanted a republican government that allowed for citizen participation through representation, the rule of law and voicing opinion. They were exceptionally schooled in world history and how civilizations rose and fell. And they were familiar with and understood human nature.
The Founding Fathers left us words, documents, ideas and experience that were based in principles that are applicable forever. Principles don't fail. They are the base upon which what follows it built.
Hence the name FOUNDING Fathers! They provided us a FOUNDATION!
And Dr. Beard is right! He himself was a "dangerous citizen" because if you read what he wrote about history and his times, he was not afraid to bring the FOUNDATION of this country into play.
The FOUNDATION of this country is not a radical idea! It is sound! That is why it endures.
And it will continue to endure, unless, of course, those who think they are smarter than the Founding Fathers' valued principles chip away enough of their bequeathed FOUNDATION that it falls.
Republican gubment keeps the chippers at bay! We are the people. We must protect ourselves for surely if we do not act for ourselves we will be acted upon.