Who do you feel was the most influential Founding Father of the United States?
John Adams. He was the voice behind it all. While others were to afraid to speak out against the King and crown, he spoke up. He spoke the truth, and was not afraid of what it would do to his career. He was more concerned about the country than his career. The politicians of today could take lessons from him.
Nixon. If it wasn't for his screwing up, we would successfully have been lulled into a dictatorial police state when Reagan came along and suppressed the media and wiped out every media-savvy terrorist on the planet. Nixon did lots of very good things -- China is no longer a bitter enemy because of him -- but few today would ever be able to utter the words "f*ck corporations" or "f*ck the 1 percent" without being deemed fools and conspiracy theorists had Nixon's actions gone unnoticed by Woodward and Bernstein. The thinking man lost blind allegiance in government, and thus forevermore, when government corrupts, the thinking man will be onto it.
I would say Madison was the most influential of the Founding Fathers.
It was Madison who created the political system of overlapping powers, the so called "checks and balances".
Madison's plan was to create a system whereby all sections of Government would fight to protect and expand their existing powers. As we now know this system works very well as Government spends so much time fighting the have little real time for governing.
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