What about the other Founders?

Washington, D.C., has an elaborate monument, prominently located, to the man who invented the ship propeller. So where is the memorial to John Adams, arguably the Founding Father who did more than anyone to get this country started? And where is the memorial to James Madison, who basically wrote the Constitution? They deserve “shrines” too, if anyone does.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I was just thinking that, while reading the prior post.
    Also, wondering why modern-day presidents are so motivated to get their history out thru elaborate presidential libraries, which are maybe just museum-shrines to themselves. (Maybe I’m just cynical.)
    When it comes down to it, there’s not enough to be said and known about our founders, partucularly their humanity, which makes the product of their efforts even more awesome.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    I was just thinking that, while reading the prior post.
    Also, wondering why modern-day presidents are so motivated to get their history out thru elaborate presidential libraries, which are maybe just museum-shrines to themselves. (Maybe I’m just cynical.)
    When it comes down to it, there’s not enough to be said and known about our founders, partucularly their humanity, which makes the product of their efforts even more awesome.

  • CRB

    Again, I highly recommend the HBO series now out on dvd, “John Adams”. It is an excellently produced movie, based on David McCullough’s book of the same title and the acting is flawless! It does present the humanity of Adams, and also what the founding fathers, including Washington and Jefferson went through in the struggle for independence from England.

  • CRB

    Again, I highly recommend the HBO series now out on dvd, “John Adams”. It is an excellently produced movie, based on David McCullough’s book of the same title and the acting is flawless! It does present the humanity of Adams, and also what the founding fathers, including Washington and Jefferson went through in the struggle for independence from England.


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