Lines of the Day (Calling on the Founders Edition)
“You can’t ask what the framers would do without giving them the same information we have. You can’t pluck them out of the past and put them down in the present. They were deeply empirical in their political thinking.”–Stanford University history professor Jack Rakove. ”
“What Santorum and Gingrich are doing is typical: using history as civic religion, creating a mythology of the Founding Fathers in order to rationalize their present-day political beliefs. By wrenching a quote out of context (Santorum) or making wild assertions based on uncorroborated speculation (Gingrich) the Founding Fathers can be used for almost any purpose. Neither one of them is really interested in history. Because it gets much harder and more complicated when you are.”–George Mason University history professor Rosemarie Zagarri.
Indeed on both counts.