The Enduring Confidence of James Madison The Enduring Confidence of James Madison    |   By Dennis C. Rasmussen
  Despite being a rather sickly hypochondriac, James Madison outlasted all the other founders, living until June 1836, almost through Andrew Jackson’s second term as president. Through all that time he remained relatively confident in the superiority and durability of […]
October 6, 2021



The Disillusionment of Thomas Jefferson: Sectionalism The Disillusionment of Thomas Jefferson: Sectionalism    |   By Dennis C. Rasmussen
  Thomas Jefferson’s disillusionment was in many respects the most surprising of all. For most of his life he was consistently – one might even say relentlessly – optimistic about America’s future. Even when the Federalists implemented measures that he […]
September 29, 2021



The Disillusionment of John Adams: Civic Virtue The Disillusionment of John Adams: Civic Virtue    |   By Dennis C. Rasmussen
  The namesake of this institute, John Adams, was unsurpassed among the American founders in the depth of his knowledge about politics, history, and law. No one in that age of remarkably learned political leaders – not even James Madison […]
September 22, 2021



The Disillusionment of Alexander Hamilton: Governmental Energy The Disillusionment of Alexander Hamilton: Governmental Energy    |   By Dennis C. Rasmussen
  Among the American founders, Alexander Hamilton was easily the most consistent and unabashed proponent of a strong national government. His foremost dream for the new United States was that it would eventually achieve the kind of international prominence, military […]
September 15, 2021



The Disillusionment of George Washington: Partisanship The Disillusionment of George Washington: Partisanship    |   By Dennis C. Rasmussen
  Throughout his remarkable public career, one of George Washington’s foremost wishes for his country was that it would remain free of political parties and partisanship. All of America’s founders at least professed an aversion to “factions,” as they were […]
September 8, 2021



Why America’s Founders Came to Fear for the Country’s Future Why America’s Founders Came to Fear for the Country’s Future    |   By Dennis C. Rasmussen
  On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention gathered one last time in what is now Independence Hall in Philadelphia in order to sign the charter that they had spent the past four months crafting. As the […]
September 1, 2021