The election of Donald Trump in 2016 revived an interest in America's founding fathers. President Trump urged us to put America first and to make America great again.
George Washington was born in 1732 and died in 1799. After fighting in the French and Indian War, he became a Virginia planter, finally leaving Mount Vernon to fight the British in the Revolutionary War. In 1789, Washington won the entire electoral vote to become president of the 13 states. In light of his warning against alliances with foreign powers, I wonder what he would have thought of our entanglements with Vietnam, Iraq & Afghanistan. George Washington is universally admired and could have been king if he wanted to.
John Adams believed in a strong central government. He distrusted the public and thought of himself as an aristocrat. He maintained that he had the right to deport foreigners and prosecute critics. Adams' policies would be welcome in a 21st century America overrun by the Third World. Although Adams helped Jefferson draft the Declaration of Independence, he has been largely forgotten.
Thomas Jefferson was a product of the Enlightenment and believed in states' rights. He was anti-British and drafted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was issued on July 4, 1776, America's birthday. Jefferson became president in 1801. He doubled our nation's size with the Louisiana Purchase and sent Lewis and Clark to open the west. Jefferson's home was Monticello.
James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution. He authored the Bill of Rights, which is the first 10 amendments. The first 2 amendments are the ones we continually hear about. They are the right of free speech and the right to bear arms. There are currently 300 million guns in the United States. Madison was in office during the War of 1812 and fled when the White House was burned. Dolly Madison was a popular First Lady.
Benjamin Franklin was a founding father even though he was not a president. He signed the Declaration of Independence and served as a diplomat to London. Franklin was a scientist, a writer & an inventor. He flew his kite to show that lightning was electricity. He promoted religious tolerance. His image is on the $100 bill.
Supporting players are John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine & Alexander Hamilton.