The United States of America has been referred to as 'the Great Experiment' by some scholars and otherwise throughout history. In a time when the kings of Europe were busy centralizing power and increasing their authority, the Founding Fathers sought to create a free man's republic, free from an abusive central authority and with rights and independence.
Has America, the Great Republican Experiment, succeeded? Or has it failed?
Has it kept its initial promises, goals, and ideals? Successfully? I guess one can say it succeeded on the world power stage, but I think it could be argued that America's become what its founders didn't intend.
>Has it kept its initial promises, goals, and ideals?
I think that in some areas it has expanded on those promises and in others has limited it. I don't think the 18th century writers of the constitution could foresee the complexities of a nation, and international affairs/economics as they sit today. Thus, the experiment is living and breathing even today, with its political decedents adding, or subtracting, the original ideals. Whether this is good or bad, I leave to the historians and political contemporaries to hash it out.
In areas of personal liberty, we have grown to give rights to people despite their gender, sex, ethnicity, ect... but we are spying on everyone... hence it's give and take (living and breathing with the times). I think to assert what the founding fathers would think is a power play of speculation; an obtuse political ploy to create an abstract platform to engage in a historical or political conversation. I'm not interested in that, but /pol/ seems to be.
The federal government is absurdly powerful compared to what they wanted, which was more or less a union to help the states cooperate. Their ideas emphasized self-governance, as in, government is largely local and decentralized, so there's no need to apply the laws of New York to Virginia (unless they concern business between NY and VA).
Also the founders were largely opposed to democracy as we know it and thought that demagoguery and granting the vote to the many would degenerate into mob rule. Considering that just about anyone can legally vote now (and some illegally), the America of today is completely contrary to the ideals of the founders.
Also, of course, the president's power has grown huge over time, when Congress was meant to be the main focus/driver of government, whereas now Congressional elections are largely ignored and the President can treat Executive Actions like they were acts of congress.
Standing army = tyranny idea is a total meme. It arose at the beginning of the English civil war because of the fear was thatcharles I was bypassing parliament with tariff collections so as to raise an army independent of them, and that he would use this independent army to crush their liberties (al la bohemians at the white mountain). This fear became compounded with the idea that Charles was planning to raise troops in Ireland. But in all reality today you don't need a standing army to seize liberties from the people (which in those days meant either the gentry or aristocracy anyway) but an effective police force.
Failed, sectarianism happened, supreme court kept expanding federal power, succession happened leading to massive centralization of power. The USA has morphed into an entirely different entity and all modern politicians who invoke the founding fathers are charlatans.