What the founders thought of protest: Today’s activism would surprise many of the nation’s first leaders. (original here)
Protests may be as American as apple pie, but the founding fathers had little appetite for them.
Though they themselves were activists during the Revolution, many of the nation’s first leaders believed that people should limit their activism to the ballot box.
Yet they played no small role in setting the stage for modern-day activism.
They protected free speech and people’s right to assemble in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson went a step further, saying that people have the obligation to oppose a government that strays from its true purpose.
“We have a republic that was established on a foundation that is activist,” historian Joseph J. Ellis said. Continue reading ‘What the Founders Thought of Protest’