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The Source: Stop Debating Our Founding Fathers

In this country, our founding fathers words are used by Republicans, Democrats, secessionists, progressives and domestic terrorists to justify their actions and positions. How is it that the same founder can be used on opposite sides of a single debate? 

David Sehat writes in his new book "The Jefferson Rule: How The Founding Fathers Have Become Infallible And Our Politics Inflexible" that we have elevated the founders to near deity status to the disservice of our national conversation and our civic life. 


  • David Sehat, Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University.
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