The Founding Fathers’ Vision

The Signing of the Constitution, by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 (image courtesy of www.archives.gov).

The Signing of the Constitution, by Howard Chandler Christy, 1940 (image courtesy of www.archives.gov).

Stephanie Way, Section Editor

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“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.””

— Benjamin Franklin

When the Founding Fathers first created our country, how did they think it would turn out in the future?  Or more to the point, what was their vision for the new world? Well, let’s start with the rules of our country.

The Constitution of the United States of America: the creation of this document is an important part of American history. The Constitution includes the Bill of Rights, which are amendments to the original document. One aspect of the First Amendment is freedom of speech. The Founding Fathers clearly wanted the citizens of this country to feel safe speaking our minds.

Next we have the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms. This is just another way to prove that these man wanted a free country. The framers of the Constitution wanted the people to have the means to fight tyranny in any form.

What other freedoms did the Founding Fathers want for their country? Well, they didn’t want the government just to be in complete control; This is why the Fourth Amendment says, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue.” This statement alludes to the idea that U.S. citizens have the right to privacy no matter what obstacles our country faces. Nowadays, there are people who believe that we should give up this apparent right in an effort to fight the possibility of terrorists acts and keep citizens safe. However, Benjamin Franklin said, “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

In the end, the Founding Fathers vision of our country was based on the principles of freedom and individual rights. They believed that no matter what happened, our country would be able to fight and be free. What about today? Can we say that our current leaders have the best interests of the citizens in mind? Or have they all forgotten what our country stands for? Maybe our politicians need to reread the Constitution, just to remind themselves about what our Founding Fathers had in mind.

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