Many things, but today I have to rant about people trying to discern the thoughts of actions of the “founding fathers” of our country in order to make decisions today. Don’t get me wrong, what was accomplished at the end of the 18th century by these people was important. They created a country premised on the assumption that each individual has rights, rights which are not granted by the state or by a king or a pope, but inalienable rights granted by our creator (we can argue about the creator later – I believe it is a what not a who but I digress). The work they did was fantastic, but not perfect. The most obvious example is the small sample of humans that were called slaves at the time. So the founding fathers were a good, creative lot, but not perfect.
So why do some require their thinking and reasoning be filtered through a 200 year old worldview? The second amendment is a perfect example of a law that, at the time, made good sense, but today obstructs the attempts by many reduce unnecessary death and suffering in this country. Likewise, this week the Supreme Court ruled that legislative prayer was acceptable in part because it is traditional and many of the founding fathers participated in similar prayers during their time. So what? Like slavery, what might have been accepted then is not accepted now.
I don’t get it. Let’s argue ideas on their merits.