We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Because of his seminal recognition that rights do not originate from government, George Mason deserves more attention. In Robert Rutland’s words, he wrote “on behalf of… the birthrights of every free American… man’s native freedom from restraint unless he threatened or did harm to others.” As a consequence, “His ideas became permeating facts” at America’s founding. They need to again permeate Americans’ thoughts if we are to revive the liberty he helped create.
The vision of liberty the founders envisioned will never be seen again, anywhere. Sad. They gave it their best shot, for sure. Freedom and self-reliance go against man's slavish and dependent nature. Being heroic men in a heroic time and place, they overestimated the strengths and virtues in human nature.
It will be seen again. Once done never means "never" again. After all in the time of Scipio Africanus, many would have legitimately thought there would never be his like again, yes not exactly, but there came a Caesar.
What they promoted is to put in their words "an eternal torch" which at times burns very low. But it is always picked up refreshed and born again,
To say it will never happen again is in my mind an egotistical conceit.
The first shot lasted until FDR put 8 justices on the USSC and they invented the "living Constitution," so let's not be too disheartened. We just need a solid course correction, probably with a few amendments. And, we don't have slavery anymore, so that's a plus.