We the People: The Modern-Day Figures Who Have Reshaped and Affirmed the Founding Fathers Vision of America by Juan WilliamsWhat would the Founding Fathers think about America today? Over 200 years ago the Founders broke away from the tyranny of the British Empire to build a nation based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and opportunity for all men. But life in the United States today is vastly different from anything the original Founders could have imagined in the late 1700s. The notion of an African-American president of the United States, or a woman such as Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, would have been unimaginable to the men who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, or who ratified the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
In a fascinating work of history told through a series of in depth profiles, prize-winning journalist, bestselling author, and Fox political analyst Juan Williams takes readers into the life and work of a new generation of American Founders, who honor the original Founders’ vision, even as they have quietly led revolutions in American politics, immigration, economics, sexual behavior, and reshaped the landscape of the nation.
Among the modern-day pioneers Williams writes about in this compelling new book are the passionate conservative President Reagan; the determined fighters for equal rights, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King, Jr.; the profound imprint of Rev. Billy Graham’s evangelism on national politics; the focus on global human rights advocated by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; the leaders of the gay community who refused to back down during the Stonewall Riots and brought gay life into America’s public square; the re-imagined role of women in contemporary life as shaped by Betty Friedan.
Williams reveals how each of these modern-day founders has extended the Founding Fathers original vision and changed fundamental aspects of our country, from immigration, to the role of American labor in the economy, from modern police strategies, to the importance of religion in our political discourse.
America in the 21st Century remains rooted in the Great American experiment in democracy that began in 1776. For all the changes our economy and our cultural and demographic make-up, there remains a straight line from the first Founders’ original vision, to the principles and ideals of today’s courageous modern day pioneers.
9 Things the Founding Fathers Would Be Proud of About America Today
I think America has its flaws and we all know them, we have a high child poverty rate, we have many gun deaths and we go to war too often. But look at our culture. American culture is so successful and popular that it's spread around the entire world. We have the strongest economy in the world and we're on a high position in the HDI list. America definitely is successful and as long as we can accept the flaws we can still be proud of our country. They'd be happy to see it turned out as a world leader, but wouldn't like the current state it's in Before I begin my small argument, I would like to say that I am proud and happy to live in the USA.
Ray Suarez speaks with three historians, Richard Brookhiser, Ron Chernow and Jan Lewis, about what the founding fathers might have thought of America today. What would our founding fathers think about our country today? On America's th birthday we get some insight from three people who've studied the founders. Ron Chernow is a prize-winning biographer; his newest book is on Alexander Hamilton. She's a specialist in colonial and early national history.
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Joseph J. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
George Washington wouldn't really recognize today's America: nowadays, cars far out number horse buggies, and instead of using the Pony Express, you can "Yo" people from across town. But as much as the country has changed, it has held on to some fundamental beliefs that have shaped its inception — and if America's Founding Fathers were to come back to life today, they might appreciate the strides that the country has taken since their passing. While the Founding Fathers may be horrified by the big corporations that dominate America's economy today — remember what they did to all that tea from the East India Company? And when it comes to productivity and overall happiness, American workers lead the way. As Benjamin Franklin said, "It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man" — and compared to the rest of the world, Americans are busy working and are very much happy.
Who cares what the founders would do? Who believes that the experiences, opinions, or plans of men who lived years ago could have any relevance to our problems? Who imagines that the Founders could answer our questions? We do. I have heard it with my own ears.