Ever wonder why it is that progressives do not seem to like the founding fathers, and constantly try to diminish the founding documents? Well, it's because the founding fathers were all conservative.
Now that we understand this, it's easy to see why progressives, or at least those who are pushing the progressive movement, say that the Constitution is a living document that must be changed and updated. It is why they say the Declaration of Independence is dead. It's why they ignore the Constitution to make into law what the people do not want, but what is essential to advance their agenda.
A perfect example here is the fact that many progressives use Thomas Jefferson as a perfect example of a founding father who was an atheist who was for a large government.
Why do progressives in the U.S. constantly say that Thomas Jefferson was for big government and that he wanted the Bible out of government? Well, it's because he was really a conservative, and if people knew that they might want to become conservatives. For this reason, they twist the truth to make Jefferson what they need him to be in order to advance their agenda.
Neither of these are true, by the way. Jefferson, although he may have been a deist, still understood the importance of God and the conservatism he preached. Jefferson, in essence, was for a limited government.
Chuck Norris actually covered this topic in his April 13, 2014, column "Three myths about Thomas Jefferson." He sites the following quote from Jefferson:
Jefferson was actually for smaller government, less debt and fewer taxes. About eight years after his two terms of president, Jefferson wrote, “We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses, and the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they now do, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account, but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers.”Thomas Jefferson probably was a deist and not a Christian, although he also understood the importance of God in a functioning government. It is for this reason, in various letters to John Adams, he discussed why he thought it was important for a government to inculcate the values and morals taught through the Bible.
Jefferson wrote that he believed, that since the new nation could not afford a militia, that something else was needed to keep Americans in line. Jefferson understood, perhaps by reading books from his own library, that fear of God and the Devil are all that is needed to encourage people to love and respect their neighbors. That it was important for the government to encourage Bible study.
It is for this reason the founding fathers -- Jefferson, Washington, Paine, Adams, Madison, Franklin -- used God's name so frequently. They understood, that in order to maintain a functioning society, God is essential.