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Old 18-01-2015, 05:44 PM   #1
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Default Founding Fathers And Technological Advancement

People in the Patriot Community will often say things like, "The Founding Fathers would never have tolerated this kind of tyranny" whenever the US government does something tyrannical. Those who are anti-patriot will often counter this by saying things like, "Times have changed since the time of the Founding Fathers. For one, technology has become so far advanced since the late 18th century, so what happened then is different than the way things are now."

There are instances where the latter statement can be taken as accurate. For one, the 18 Enumerated Powers in the Federal Constitution say that the US government has the right to own an army and navy, but it doesn't say the government can own an air force for obvious reasons. But would the Founding Fathers object to governments using an air force as part of its military in modern times?

That depends on what the Founding Fathers believed about how the "technological advancement" factor should be taken into account when they went about creating America. One would probably assume that the Founding Fathers were intelligent enough to realize that technology would become more advanced after their time, and consequently they made sure to take that into account when they went about founding America. That would suggest that they would not object to governments using flying machines as part of their military.

But I don't know of anyone who has actually spent a lot of time researching the subject of how the Founding Fathers took into account the "technological advancement" factor.
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Old 18-01-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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I don't know if the Founding Fathers did account for technology but they sure said things which were unequivocal and would not be altered by changes in technology, for example:

"To preserve the freedom of the human mind... and freedom of the press, every spirit should be ready to devote itself to martyrdom; for as long as we may think as we will and speak as we think, the condition of man will proceed in improvement."
Thomas Jefferson, 1799.

In France today that's just a gnat's whisker short of 'terror speech'.
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