Maybe Not So Different

I find the calls for a return to the government as envisioned by “The founders” hilariously ironic given that the founders were a notoriously contentious and opinionated group of men who disagreed violently with each other on many things, including about how the Constitution should be interpreted.

Taken from my reply to Elostirion; the comment on the thread directly references Mr. Wright, but generally this applies not just to him but most Americans. Not even most what-America-calls-conservatives (“rightists?”), but Americans, period. Our past may be checkered for various reasons, but our founding is considered sacred by all. Only the boldest fringe groups ever DARE to suggest that the founders might have been wrong about, say, the second amendment. Far more likely is that even the more radical anti-gun folks will try to excuse the second amendment away as irrelevant because of, say, the different types of weaponry available today. It wasn’t the founders’ fault! They CAN’T have known!

(That’s not any sort of commentary about the second amendment, just a common example I see.)

If you want to know my opinion on the best form of government, the short answer is that I don’t have one. I don’t know enough. Maybe the best form is monarchy; maybe republic; maybe even democracy. I’m willing to be convinced. All I know is that a government that is liberal literally to its very core, and is dedicated to protecting liberal principles, is not a government system suited to maximize the common good. You’re just left hoping that the people who make the laws have the most helpful unprincipled exceptions.

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3 Responses to Maybe Not So Different

  1. James says:

    I believe a lot of people relate to the “founders” in the same manner as “the good ol’ days.” People have selective memories. When they think of the past, they envision only the parts they liked and disregard the other parts when things weren’t so good. People look at the idealized past, not the one that actually existed.

    • Crude says:

      When they think of the past, they envision only the parts they liked and disregard the other parts when things weren’t so good.

      If this were true, a lot of modern victims groups wouldn’t exist.

      Things many times were better in the past. Degradation is real, not imagined. The idea that what we’ve experienced is often more delusional than acknowledgment of degradation.

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