Should we care what the founders would say about modern-day America? Richard Brookhiser says yes.
If so, how should we consider some of our thornier contemporary issues in light of what the founders thought, such as "originalism" in constitutional matters, America as a "religious" nation if not a Christian nation, or even the fundamental principles of U.S. foreign policy?
Even the bruising political battles currently being waged in Washington may be better understood in the context of the political wars our founders fought when the Republic was born- Hoover Institution
Richard Brookhiser is an American journalist, biographer, and historian. He is a senior editor at the National Review and columnist for the New York Observer.
Brookhiser is most widely known for a series of biographies of America's founders, including Alexander Hamilton, Governor Morris, and George Washington.
Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he writes about business and politics, edits the Hoover Institution's quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest, and hosts Hoover's television program, "Uncommon Knowledge."
Robinson is also the author of three books: How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life; It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP; and the best-selling business book Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA.
Richard Brookhiser discusses the founding fathers' rationale behind not establishing a national religion in the first amendment. He also comments on George Washington's religious - or providential - motivations.
Richard Brookhiser addresses whether the founding fathers would have approved of the war in Iraq and uses the war Thomas Jefferson waged against North African countries to compare the foreign military interventions of early America with the war in Iraq.