Many people talk about the Founding Fathers of America as if they are still alive today, but I have breaking news: they are all dead and have been for at least a century and a half.
When you defend an argument, it is not enough to say “that’s how this country was founded.” Base your beliefs and arguments on hard facts and evidence.
I personally believe the Founding Fathers did a far better job of setting up and running the government than any of our leaders in the last hundred years, but you cannot justify yourself in a debate just by citing their beliefs. I think conservatives do this far too often.
Government should have limited powers, not because that’s just the way we’ve always done it, but because government’s with too much power invariably use it to oppress their citizens. We should have low flat tax rates, not because the Founder’s set it up that way, but because other forms of taxes discourage entrepreneurship and business and progress. Marriage isn’t between a man and a woman because the Founder’s said that’s how it is…. actually this is one where marriage should be allowed between any consenting adult parties… even if its two men or two women…. or God-forbid: three men and eight women! Government interference in private life is an evil that should be avoided unless to specifically prevent the infringement of one person upon the rights of another.
Use data and logic to back up your recommendations on politics and life.