“What the Founding Fathers Wanted”

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In this week’s cartoon, Mark Fiore ponders what life might be like if we returned to our roots and lived the way Americans did at the time our founding fathers drafted the Constitution.

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  • lbuggy65

    OH this lady is too funny

  • Anonymous

    She sounds like Betty Bowers.

  • Don

    yeah, I don’t think when we say ‘return to our roots’, we’re talking literally here…we’re talking about the ideal of what the Founders envisioned…c’mon…do a cartoon about that and see where it takes you…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mphseason Janet Eason

    Well, maybe not that far back. Just as far as Mayberry RFD. No minorities, nobody works and they go fishing all the time. Plus it never gets cold or rains. Plus everybody had a party line on the phone. Not me !

  • MyTwoNIckelsWorth

    Don – Funny thing is….this is what the Founders Fathers envisioned. Anything else is what you or someone else envisioned.

  • Anonymous

    Ms. Eason — I don’t sense that you meant any harm with your points.
    BUT…No minorities? Who brought Africans here to exploit their labor?
    As Thomas Jefferson said, our history is like a bell that can’t be un-rung.
    Contrary to Tea Party rhetoric, that makes America as much a country that belongs to people of color as it does to whites. In fact, slaves played a major role in building the White House.
    So that leaves us with having no choice but to work with what we have.
    Too late to turn back the clock…
    And, indeed, our nation does represent the greatest experiment in diversity, doesn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Glackin/100000892011713 Joseph Glackin

    The problem is, we have one very vocal and one mute members of SCOTUS who profess a philosophy of “original intent’ when interpreting the Constitution. By those lights, only landed gentry should be eligible to vote. Amendments have allowed women and ex-slaves the vote, but nowhere does the Constitution expand the vote to all adult citizens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.freeman.739 Nancy Freeman

    Yes, that’s what I was thinking–back to our roots? They were tarring and feathering people (even whites) in the town square.

  • cookiebaker

    Thanks Bill

  • dyannne

    Yes, when the Teapublicans shout that they want their country back, I always wonder what era that would be. When George W. Bush was president, I used to say I wanted my country back, but I had something specific in mind and that was the America we had the day before the Supreme Court selected Dubya. I just wanted him never to have happened. But these tea partiers don’t like Dubya, so I know they don’t want his term. And they seem to hate women having the right to choose so they probably don’t like anything after 1970 or so. They don’t like “minorities.” So…………I can only surmise that they want an America that never was.

  • vannamocha

    Pat Buchanan and Ann Coulter would *love* this version of America. Don’t kid yourself… this is what some folks really *do* want and what the GOP policies are intended to create: a place run by elite landowners with everyone else working in their servitude. We’re not that far from there now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmundstuk Jason Mundstuk

    Check out the leech guy. Stereotype of Irish immigrant??

  • Anatole France

    The fastest re-loader in the Revolutionary War could refresh his musket every 14 seconds. Contrast that with the rapid-fire killing power of today’s weapons in Aurora and Columbine.

    WTF does that have to do with our Founder’s vision of a well-regulated militia?

    Is the Second Amendment overdue for amendment, or what? Or should we all claim a Constitutional right to our own personal drones?

    Get a grip “Patriots”. You are hurting America and Americans. You’re way out there in psycho-land.

  • Anatole France

    Broccoli Scalia and MIA Thomas wouldn’t stop with the Founders intent. They’d take us back to the Dark Ages if they could.

    Original intent wasn’t petrification; it was that the Constitution is a living document that evolves with new knowledge and changing conditions.

    How far we’ve gone astray!

  • Anonymous

    To even mention it today could get one put in prison as a terrorist.

    Many an old time politician left town on a rail, with feathers attached by tar. Not today, they leave town with millions of dollars of lobbyist funds and lifetime benefits the taxpayers, and the veterans do not get.

  • Scharfy

    The country back from “whom?” Me? Just because I’m a liberal, feminist, Democrat, am I not still an American?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=886450482 Jenell Scherbel

    Right. And Mayberry wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, according to Stephanie Coontz, in her book, “The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.kreger.9 Craig Kreger

    What teabags really want is the confederacy that we originally were. The Constitution calls for crazy things in it like public roads and education.

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.kreger.9 Craig Kreger

    Personally, I would like my own drone fleet … but that’s a different story altogether.

  • Anonymous

    “Consumptive demons” is going to be my new nickname!

  • FightForAmerica

    We are all Americans in a democratic society, which will be lost to an oligarchic group that believe the government should be run by the few – especially for corrupt and selfish purposes – the corporations that will buy elections and officials unlike we have ever seen before. I don’t hate Republicans, hell I was a Reagan Republican, before the party left me for extreme radical politics, thanks to Carl Rove, who is still unchecked thanks to our Supreme Court justices. We want to keep the framework of our founding fathers but also keep the evolution of our Amendments. We the people of the United States of America….Let individuals decide not the corporations.

  • Anonymous

    Of course they love it because they are convinced that they would be white landowners in that era. Ann, of course, would be a man then , so, she too, would be a landowner. They’re just like those who have past lives dreams where they are always some king, queen, knight or important historical figure, never road kill like Albert Brooks in “Defending Your Life”!

  • TS

    If you read Hans-Hermann Hoppe, a leader and political power broker of the Libertarian movement, you’ll find that the cartoon depicts exactly the kind of world he proudly seeks!!!

    In his book Democracy-The God That Failed, he argues for “natural order”, discrimination, patriarchy, hierarchy, and the acceptance of aristocratic rulers. Here is a direct quote:

    “…to lower the production cost of security and improve its quality, a natural order is characterized by increased discrimination, segregation, spatial separation, uniculturalism (cultural homogeneity), exclusivity, and exclusion. In addition, whereas states have undermined intermediating social institutions (family households, churches, covenants, communities, and clubs) and the associated ranks and layers of authority so as to increasetheir own power vis-a-vis equal and isolated individuals, a natural order is distinctly un-egalitarian: “elitist,” “hierarchical,” “proprietarian,” “patriarchal,” and “authoritarian,” and its stability depends essentially on theexistence of a self-conscious natural – voluntarily acknowledged – aristocracy.”
    http://ontology.buffalo.edu/smith/courses01/rrtw/hoppe2.pdf

    He also says: In a natural order, there is no such thing as “freedom of migration.” People cannot move about as they please. Wherever a person moves, he moves on private property; and private ownership implies the owner’s right to include as well as to exclude others from his property.
    Murry Rothbard, in the Libertarian Manifesto, supports the development of private police forces — in other words, the weaponization of corporations and wealthy individuals.

    Do the Koch brothers, Harold Simmons, and many ALEC members share this view? It would seem so.
    http://www.amazon.com/Betrayal-American-Dream-Donald-Barlett/dp/1586489690

    Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2012/10/13/2528807/the-kochs-quest-to-save-america.html#storylink=cpy

  • Chris Barcelo

    So I see you read approximately two paragraphs of Hoppe and Rothbard?