Thomas Jefferson: Where Are The Jeffersons Of Today?

The founders were a rare breed. But the future is up to all of us.

No modern, developed nation idolizes its founders in quite the way America does. If other nations have founders at all, they are usually mythical characters, like Romulus and Remus or King Arthur, obscured in the mists of a distant past. Our founders are authentic historical figures about whom we know a great deal. Yet many of us insist on turning these real human beings into larger-than-life heroes against whom we tend to measure ourselves. They seem to be giants. So we wonder: Why don't we have Thomas Jeffersons today, and if we did, what would they have to say?

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