Wednesday, August 8, 2007

The Founding Fathers: Perspective on Their Roles

This blog post has moved! It's now on my own website, here:

The Founding Fathers: Perspective on Their Roles


T. Greer said...

I don't know, HM if your claims truly work. In particular I find your claims about Thomas Jefferson to be a bit off.

If the metric is the writings or actions of the founder, then your judgment is unfair. I mean, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. In practical terms, this outweighs the political influence of every other person on the list, save James Madison and other key framers. If one were to compare Jefferson's impact and influence with Adam's for example, you would be hard pressed to conclude that Adams did more to articulate the rebels' position during the revolution or to shape public opinion on political matters after the Constitutional Convention than Jefferson did.

On the other hand, if the metric is the political philosphy (and how far it deviates from the average of the time) of the founder being examined, I also find your judgement to be unfair. After all, can you call Hamilton's ideas about the Executive power or the Treasury in accordance with most of the fellow founders?

~T. Greer, with the opinion that John Marshall was a key founder in our nation's history.

Hercules Mulligan said...

Hello T. Greer. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for leaving your very thoughtful comment.

It's an interesting rebuttal you propose, and so just to let you know that I haven't forgotten it, I am letting you know here in advance, that I will write a post on this blog, in response. At the immediate moment, I can't tackle it now, but it will be on the way soon! Please stay tuned!

Thanks again.