*Update: After a reader pointed out that Michael had misspelled "Voltaire" as "Votlair", while he simultaneously mocked a Tea Party protester for misspelling "Benjamin" as "Benjamine", Michael edited his post and corrected his spelling error. However, he kept his mocking comment of the TP protester.
"The Founding Fathers could only be defined today as being 'progressives.'" ~ Michael Aubrecht
Actually, "radical" would be more accurate. Michael Aubrecht seems to be attempting to use the word "progressive" in a general or generic way here while simultaneously insunuating some philosophical kinship to the modern progressive movement.
Talk about twisting history. Good Lord. And, though the person holding the sign may have misspelled Franklin's name, he's right - if you apply the Founder's writings, political philosophies, etc in today's political environment, they most certainly would be labeled right wing extremists. That is the point of the sign, and it is spot on. As Professor Gordon Wood has noted,
"The Tea Partiers are certainly not scholars, but their emotional instincts about the Revolution they are trying to remember on behalf of their cause may be more accurate than [Jill] Lepore is willing to grant."
And I would add, more accurate than Michael is willing to grant.