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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    The founding fathers believed all sorts of different things and were very smart men, but they had flaws. And we have had to change the Constitution (via Amendments) to specifically change certain things that were set up via the Constitution or ensure that they were applied to every citizen in every state (voting rights, equal protection, full faith and credit, etc.), but that doesn't mean that everything that wasn't considered a right back then should also be denied to people now. Times have changed and that is specifically why the 9th Amendment is in the Constitution anyway. The founding fathers were smart enough to realize that they could not anticipate every right that would have to be protected. And, some of them, probably even figured that times would change to include things that they wouldn't have considered.

    Many people that argue on the basis of "what the founding fathers want" don't seem to realize that those who provided much of the foundation for the Constitution also realized that times would change and the citizens should not have to change the Constitution every time the government doesn't agree with what they are doing. In fact, it should be the government's job to change the Constitution whenever it wants to prevent someone from doing something (that doesn't obviously interfere with the rights of another/other citizens).

    Although I don't believe that the Prohibition Amendment was a good thing, I do agree with the process with which it was implemented. This is how the government should restrict any activity/right/privilege/whatever that doesn't obviously impact another citizen's rights. Changing the Constitution requires a lot more votes and support than simply making a law/act to restrict a person's rights (even those not enumerated specifically by the Constitution), and I believe that that is exactly what the founding fathers wanted.
    Just a bit of clairification here but most people reference the Founding fathers only on those items that they themselves talked about and which applied to the parts of the Constitution that they wrote. When talking about parts of the Constitution that they did not write then people often reference the people that wrote those additions instead.

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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    By reinterpreting the Constitution beyond that of what the founding fathers prescribed you are rewriting history. So in essence, you did.
    No, rewriting history would be claiming that the founding fathers said or did something that completely contradicts something about them.

    The founding fathers themselves put in the 9th Amendement (a catch-all) and an Amendment change process. And, they set up the SCOTUS to interpret the constitutionality of laws. If they actually believed that everyone would have just one belief about how the Constitution was meant to be used, then they would have made sure that rules governing the SCOTUS were extremely strict on how they could interpret the Constitution for cases that came to them.
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Just a bit of clairification here but most people reference the Founding fathers only on those items that they themselves talked about and which applied to the parts of the Constitution that they wrote. When talking about parts of the Constitution that they did not write then people often reference the people that wrote those additions instead.

    I doubt very seriously that anyone thinks that the Founding fathers were perfect. But the ideas that they set into motion may have been.
    Ideas are great, but most can be improved on.

    And their basic idea was that the people be as free as possible. We should be striving to ensure that every citizen is guaranteed fair and equal treatment to the fullest extent possible, instead of arguing about what the founding fathers thought was right and wrong and how they would be doing things. They are not here. They died a long time ago. It is quite ridiculous to believe that they (and/or only people who think like they did) are the only people capable of expounding on their good ideas.
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    No, rewriting history would be claiming that the founding fathers said or did something that completely contradicts something about them.

    The founding fathers themselves put in the 9th Amendement (a catch-all) and an Amendment change process. And, they set up the SCOTUS to interpret the constitutionality of laws. If they actually believed that everyone would have just one belief about how the Constitution was meant to be used, then they would have made sure that rules governing the SCOTUS were extremely strict on how they could interpret the Constitution for cases that came to them.
    Rewriting history also includes ignoring parts of history in favor of something else.
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Ideas are great, but most can be improved on.

    And their basic idea was that the people be as free as possible. We should be striving to ensure that every citizen is guaranteed fair and equal treatment to the fullest extent possible, instead of arguing about what the founding fathers thought was right and wrong and how they would be doing things. They are not here. They died a long time ago. It is quite ridiculous to believe that they (and/or only people who think like they did) are the only people capable of expounding on their good ideas.
    If we allowed the reinterpretation of the Constitution, ignoring what the founding fathers said, then we would not have the right to bear arms and there would not be a seperation of church and state.

    Adding to ideas is a good thing yes. But if an idea was great then why allow something which could change that great idea into a bad idea?
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    If we allowed the reinterpretation of the Constitution, ignoring what the founding fathers said, then we would not have the right to bear arms and there would not be a seperation of church and state.

    Adding to ideas is a good thing yes. But if an idea was great then why allow something which could change that great idea into a bad idea?
    I don't believe that is what many people argue for however. I personally completely agree with the two things you just stated, however, usually when I argue against someone who is bringing up the founding fathers, it is the opposite view on the separation of church and state issue. Most of those that I have discussed this with believe that since most of the fathers were all for state churches, then that particular Amendment only applies to the federal government not being allowed to restrict those things. Most of those that argue in support of following what the founding fathers believed argue for states' rights over the rights of individual citizens, at least this has been my experience.

    Many of the rights that people are fighting for are already covered by an Amendment, if we just look at the Amendment in a different way, which is where the SCOTUS comes in. It should only be necessary to change the Constitution (via a new Amendment) when the change is so great that it is much too difficult to claim that it is covered (civil rights, Equal Protection/FFCC) or when it is an actual change (such as voting rights).
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I don't believe that is what many people argue for however. I personally completely agree with the two things you just stated, however, usually when I argue against someone who is bringing up the founding fathers, it is the opposite view on the separation of church and state issue. Most of those that I have discussed this with believe that since most of the fathers were all for state churches, then that particular Amendment only applies to the federal government not being allowed to restrict those things. Most of those that argue in support of following what the founding fathers believed argue for states' rights over the rights of individual citizens, at least this has been my experience.
    Bolded part: You should read up on the FF, they definitely did not support state churches.

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    Many of the rights that people are fighting for are already covered by an Amendment, if we just look at the Amendment in a different way, which is where the SCOTUS comes in. It should only be necessary to change the Constitution (via a new Amendment) when the change is so great that it is much too difficult to claim that it is covered (civil rights, Equal Protection/FFCC) or when it is an actual change (such as voting rights).
    The problem here is that if you reinterpret an amendment then you run the risk of getting rid of the original intent of that amendment. Which would in effect take rights away. Or could be used to do such. Which is why I provided my above examples on gun rights and the church and state bit. And there are plenty of people trying to get the 1st amendment reinterpreted to state exactly what I suggested.

    I would prefer that they make a new amendment to support any change that is needed/wanted over reinterpretations. At least with a new amendment you know where things stand.
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Bolded part: You should read up on the FF, they definitely did not support state churches.

    The problem here is that if you reinterpret an amendment then you run the risk of getting rid of the original intent of that amendment. Which would in effect take rights away. Or could be used to do such. Which is why I provided my above examples on gun rights and the church and state bit. And there are plenty of people trying to get the 1st amendment reinterpreted to state exactly what I suggested.

    I would prefer that they make a new amendment to support any change that is needed/wanted over reinterpretations. At least with a new amendment you know where things stand.
    I actually agree with you, but I don't know how many supported or didn't support state churches, I am just going off the arguments that I get all the time when I argue the separation of church and state issue.

    As for the interpretation of Amendment rights, I believe that they should only be interpreted to ensure rights (that presumably should already be included, just not actually stated). For any restriction on rights, I am completely for an Amendment to do so.

    For example, a lot of people argue that same sex marriage is not a right because it is not guaranteed in the Amendments. I don't agree because the 9th Amendment clearly states that there are more rights guaranteed to the people than just those that are enumerated in the Constitution. I also believe that the Constitution was meant to protect all citizens from all governments, including state and local, not just federal.
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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

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    Re: Is founding fatherism a religion?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    In some ways it is, just like environmentalism is very religious in it's adherence for some. Honestly, the founding fathers were just men, they could not possibly have conceived of the modern world, therefore their views are largely irrelevant today. Anything they had to say, outside of the vaguest of concepts, doesn't mean jack squat in the modern world.

    But don't tell that to the neo-conservative wingnuts.
    Why are neoconservatives somehow picked on for this? To a significant degree, it is universally accepted political discourse to bring in the Founding Fathers. A particular minority of the United States disregard their ideas entirely, while others hold them up here or there, while dismiss their usefulness there. For the most part, we are apart of a nation that accepts the founding era as philosophically nearing perfection. Also, a great deal of the political discussion places the Founding Fathers in modernity, not in some gone past-time.
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