Monday, January 21, 2013

Better than the Founders Imagined?

David Rothkopf, CEO of the FP group (which publishes Foreign Policy), makes the argument at CNN.com (here), in reflecting on President Obama's second inaugural address:
The great beauty of the speech was not in any particular phrase, but in that the man in question and the country he leads were in so many ways far beyond what the Founders could have imagined. And that, despite our natural tendency to glorify our origins, that this America was in virtually every way better than the one they offered up to us.
I think he's entirely right. But I'd also like to think that at least some of the founders hoped not only that their experiment would succeed, but that it would transcend the political limitations they confronted.

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