Sure Carol and the Republicans aren't about the power of their party, that's why Republican states have been attempting to suppress the votes of those more likely to vote Democratic.<quoted text>
Sorry folks, but I could spend all day responding to this one post.
Political parties didn't even exist in 1789. And George Washington despised the idea of political associations - believing they pitted one group of citizens against another. In his farewell speech in 1796 he said:
"The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish Government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established Government."
Washington probably wouldn't have been a liberal because Democrats are all about party and party power.
Alexander Hamilton was extremely opposed to a decentralized government and would have fit nicely into the far left's radical category today.
Thomas Jefferson and James Madison believed the central government's role was strictly national defense, international and interstate commerce, treaties and a postal system but that EVERYTHING else was a state or local matter.
Solidly, both would have been conservative material today.
Ben Franklin was a true centrist - more the philosopher than politician.
John Hancock held the same views as Jefferson and Madison but wasn't politically motivated to enter national politics choosing instead to serve as governor of his state for 11 years.
So PDupont's assertion that all Founding Fathers would have been in a Hillary for President 2016 ad is preposterous.
Here's an interesting quote from Thomas Jefferson;
"It should seem then that it must be because of the enormous wealth, which places them above attention to the increase of their revenues, that I am conscious that an equal division of property is impracticable, but [that] the consequences of this enormous inequality producing so much misery to the bulk of mankind, legislators cannot invent too many devices for subdividing property. Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise."
The letter, written Sept. 28, 1785, is by Thomas Jefferson to James Madison. Jefferson was describing the conditions in France before the Revolution.
Wow! sounds like wealth redistribution to me.