For several years I have been writing in glowing terms about our Founding Fathers, but it is time to set the record straight concerning their day to day behavior. Based upon a very interesting article in The Wall Street Journal, it is clear that there was little difference between the decorum of today’s Congressional leadership and that portrayed by our Founding Fathers.
I suggest you read the wonderful essay by Ron Chernow who is the author of Alexander Hamilton and Titan: The life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. He also has a new book Washington: A Life due for release in October.
As the sub-headline states, “Americans lament the partisan venom of today’s politics, but for sheer verbal savagery, the country’s founders were in a league of their own.” Overall there clearly was a different tone to their discourse, but the political game has changed little over the years. We must appreciate however the value of the Founder’s work, because it has held strong over the test of time.
One must speculate just how propitious the actions of our recent governance will be some fifty or one hundred years from today. My bet will be on the Founding Fathers.