said by sturmvogel:
You could include into that small group also the writers of the United States Constitution. I guess a small and not that important group.
That's not true. The founding generation ditched
limited government because it didn't work for them. They abandoned the relative libertarian "Articles of Confederation" for the new constitution of 1789 after just 12 years of supposed nirvana.
The irony is that it was Shay's Rebellion that incited public outcry for a larger, more effective and powerful government.
So, you see, the founding generation is no different than subsequent generations. They tried to implement their revolutionary, anti-Authoritarian rhetoric. It didn't work. They wanted more government just 12 years later
. Every generation has done the same thing.
You don't know what the founding generation would have thought about the challenges we face today -- when all they had to concern themselves with were individuals with 6-foot-long, single-shot muskets.
We've gained tremendous advantages as individuals. Mass communication at our fingertips (the ability to run our won web sites, and email). Global travel in hours instead of weeks. With those advances that improve our freedoms come new risks, and new calls for expansions of government. It's not like a lose-lose proposition. We win a little, lose a little.