For decades, many people have tried to answer the question of whether the Founding Fathers would recognize the United States today. Since the expansion of the federal government that started in the late 1800s, spiked drastically during the Progressive movement and Franklin Roosevelt, and has not stopped, America’s youth is now accepting big government policy as a normality. Our generation is a victim of the “deep state,” but no one is questioning the bloated size of our government. We need to look back at what the philosophers that inspired the American Revolution and the revolutionaries themselves envisioned for the United States 241 years later.
Philosophers such as John Locke, Montesquieu, and Cicero, among other prominent Greeks and Romans, circulated their ideas on natural rights, checks and balances, and federalism. All of these ideas eventually made their way into the British colonies in North America where our Founding fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, and others, used them as reason to establish a republic of their own. These men sought a new vision for America: one free of tyranny and consolidated power. They knew the importance of limited government, federalism, and a strong national defense… something we have forgotten. Many modern-day conservatives such as Mark Levin and Jim DeMint have stressed the need for an Article Five convention of the states, a constitutional duty, in order to restore traditional constitutional values and liberty. Times do change, but the ideas that created the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are forever lasting.
Republicans and Democrats alike have taken advantage of their power and made careers out of making irresponsible decisions for our country. Democrats such as Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and Barack Obama and Republicans such as both Bush presidents have taken massive steps in increasing the scope of the government in the name of national security and/or social justice. This does not only go for presidents, though. Many long-term congressmen and women and senators are all responsible for the increase in big government.
This generation of libertarians and conservatives need to promote the ideas that created our country, and we need to remember that the big-government-world in which we live in today is not right and needs correction. Understanding United States history is a first step to changing the tyrannical federal government we live under into one that focuses on performing its constitutional duties and only that. At the high school level we need to get involved in organizations and campaigns that promote freedom and limited government, so that we can preserve our republic in the image of our founding ideas and Fathers.
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