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What Would the Founders Say?: A Patriot's Answers to America's Most Pressing Problems

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The #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of A Patriot's History of the United States examines ten current challenges.

America is at a crossroads. We face two options: continue our descent toward big government, higher taxes, less individual liberty, and more debt or pull our country back on the path our Founding Fathers planned for us. But that path isn't always so eas
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Sentinel (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 21, 2011 Steven rated it really liked it
A fantastic read, an admirable attempt to address modern problems through the context of the writings of the founders. The author builds a strong case for the opinions they might have had about such things as government healthcare, gun control, and the separation of church and state. Even if you disagree with his conclusions, you can't argue Schweikart has not done his homework.

I found the description of the food served at each of the founders' homes to be especially interesting, such as the $20
Bill Pritchard
Mar 07, 2015 Bill Pritchard rated it it was ok
The book "What would the Founders Say" is at times - more than times than not - very readable. It addresses 10 issues facing America right now from the point of view of what America's "founding fathers" did say on the issue. The investigation of the history of the actual words of these men made for some interesting reading. However, you could almost at times see the author - Larry Schweikart - sweating and turning shades of red as his anger would rise up in righteous indignation at the efforts o ...more
Duane Frasier
Sep 22, 2015 Duane Frasier rated it liked it
A worthwhile book, notwithstanding moments of poor logic, shaky conjecture and dubious hermeneutics (Schweikart's use of Jesus' words to prove a point about cutting trees is one of the more obvious suspensions of responsible exegesis.) Non-critical thinkers among the Tea Party group will find no fault with the text. Frenzied liberals won't get past the introduction. There's enough in this book for the rest of us, who will appreciate the fact that Schweikart uses the Founders' own writings and ac ...more
Don Weidinger
Aug 19, 2014 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
taxed enough already tea, freedom to worship, no morality and constitution meaningless as foundation, property rights too, prohibition cut alcohol disease by half, well intentioned regulations of politics cause panics recessions depressions, war and debt as hand and glove, need humility accountability and regular elections, if we don’t control our excesses someone else will, Ben Franklin work as if live 100 years, 1847 subsidizing of Atlantic mail service degraded to ships for the elite, natives ...more
Excellent and thought provoking book. This should be required reading.
May 05, 2012 Tom rated it did not like it
The government can't make recommendations for food? Fuck this guy
Brian Meadows
Jun 10, 2015 Brian Meadows rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any American
It is interesting to attempt to figure out what America's founding fathers would think of today's events. There is always room with such a conjecture for many opinions, but a study of their culture, principles, statements and actions can shed light on what they would say in broad general terms. One can be certain that they would not approve of the large national debt. The only one who seemed to give any approval to national debt was Alexander Hamilton, who is perceived as the most conservative o ...more
Jun 28, 2013 goddess rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history, own
Schweikart makes history interesting and understandable. Infused with facts and direct quotes, he points out that the Founders would be rolling in their graves, scratching their heads, and be in an uproar with how big and bloated the government has become. They wouldn't have thought twice about bailouts and debt and regulation after regulation. Too bad our current leaders either have no knowledge of our foundation or just completely disregard The Constitution and its original intent. I dare say ...more
Larry Hostetler
Jan 13, 2015 Larry Hostetler rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
I would actually give this a 3.5 if it were an option.

It seemed to drag, and some of the content was a bit strident.

But it was interesting to read the words of the founders on issues such as we deal with today. It was good from a historical standpoint, but sometimes more wordy than I thought it needed to be.

As one who generally agrees with anti-federalist dogma I was predisposed to enjoy the book, so was a little disappointed with the outcome.

Nonetheless, it is good information for anyone to kn
Aug 17, 2013 Shawn rated it liked it
Shelves: history
This was a good book. I thought that the concept of this book could have been expanded a bit. It would have been nice for Schweikhart to show what the founder's would have said about the many social and moral issues facing our day. Without a doubt, they would have been in utter disgust with the moral bankruptcy of our country, as much as they would be in regards to the out of control, ultra big government that we face today.
Chad Zimmermann
Jan 15, 2014 Chad Zimmermann rated it it was ok
A bit too far to the right for my liking. But some interesting historical perspectives here and there.
Sep 12, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
This was a good reminder of what our founding fathers were thinking when they they risked their lives and sacred honor to allow freedom to flourish in a new country. They would be shocked and disappointed with many of the decisions made by subsequent politicians.
May 19, 2015 Shanna rated it liked it
I listened to as an audio book. It was interesting though a bit tedious at times.
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