There’s general agreement that today’s Congress is totally dysfunctional. Conservatives and Tea Partiers proclaim that, if we go back to the time of the Founding Fathers and adhere to the Constitution, life would be simpler and better for everyone. They want us to believe that, while the Founders disagreed, they were like an a cappella singing group, hitting different notes, but basically in harmony:
Hardly! As you’ll see in my book, Taxes, The Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels, there was at least as much discord then as now. The different sides held diametrically opposing views of what was good for this country. They were suspicious, calculating, devious, bull-headed, and hostile towards each other:
However, the conservatives are on the right track: For all their acrimony, the Founders were ready to get things done for the good of the country.
Eventually, scarred and battle weary, they produced a document solid enough to have carried us forward for over 200 years:
Imagine if today’s Congress were transported back to 1787 and were the ones responsible for producing the Constitution: