Yesterday, 05:11 PM
My references to "America" and "mythology" were made in relation to the context that was specified in the OP (namely, "If our Founding Fathers were here today and scripting a return to America ."
Explicitly or implicitly, such sentimental invocations are pregnant with myth, such as that of the "Land of the Free" and of "all men created equal" - and never mind things like the endemic ownership of other human beings as chattels, or the fact that such ownership did not end until hundreds of thousands of the denizens of that "America" had slaughtered one another for the sake of denying or subverting the very principles that the documents written by those aforementioned "Founding Fathers" had supposedly embodied. (And those are just a few of the most egregious illustrations of the fact that America has never really been "America," except mythologically ...)
Which "America" shall we return to? The America of income confiscation and central-bank-fueled imperialism - the chief products of which would be a vastly bloated welfare entitlement system and a ravenous military-industrial complex? (Actually, there's no need to "return" to that America - we've all been living in it for over a century now.) Or the postbellum America in which state and local autonomy had been effectively abolished after having been militarily crushed in what was, essentially, a ruthless and bloody counter-revolution? Or the antebellum America in which people were involuntarily "owned" by other people, to be disposed with as and how their "owners" pleased? Or the post-revolutionary America in which a voluntary political confederation was willfully and foolishly cast aside in favor of political centralization and greater concentration of power in the hands of fewer people (an act which, in one way or another, has contributed to or caused nearly every significant woe "America" has suffered since, up to and including the present day)?
No. We do not need to "return to America." In order to do that, we'd have to have been there once before ...