Founding fathers did not foresee government’s power
Ben Franklin is credited with responding to being questioned, “What kind of government have you given us?” to which he answered, “a republic if you can keep it”. Whether he did or did not say it is unimportant, but history has shown our government has been an overall benefit even with all its flaws and shortcomings, particularly in the area of individual freedoms.
True, we have never lived up to our founding documents, but have strived against our own human nature’s shortcomings including many of our founders. With these facts in mind and having a level of understanding of human nature and all the potential shortcomings of it, the documents are much less flawed than those entrusted with applying them.
The U.S. Constitution is essentially a rule book and a designed barrier. If there is a fault in the documents themselves, it has much more to do those entrusted with the power to check all those entrusted with power from the various other branches to specially protected entities like media.
Some have said our government needs to be revised or overhauled, it’s an old document that is behind the times, one former president said our Constitution is a “deeply flawed document”. Many of these people like to point to the Second Amendment as being obsolete because when written there only muzzle loaders and no one could see the improvements to come. In this area, I’d point to Jefferson saying; “When the…