Ultimately, the American founders had something really different in mind
The founders of the American system of governance have been romanticized in many different ways over the years, but yet to be told in any kind of important manner is the story of ancient freemasonry that was the foundation, or cornerstone, of the emergent system. Unfortunately, because of the repression by religious interests of anything not pertaining to a belief in, primarily, Christianity, all other endeavors of a scholastic nature or scientific endeavor were deemed heretical. "Heresy", after all, is derived from the Greek "hairesis', which meant "choice', and any choice of belief other than the churchianic dogma was forbidden at the threat of torture and death. From the fourth century A.D., the beginning of the "Dark Ages" when collected works of wisdom and thought were systematically destroyed by the Roman Church until the Reformation and Rennaissance when those works were beginning to reemerge, every effort was made by the Church to maintain itself in a dominant position. The Prostestant faiths which broke from the Roman Church were hardly more forthcoming in support of anything intellectual or scientific. Freemasonry, thus, was labeled as being "satanic" and diabolical, and many of those labels are evident still. The Royal Society of England which emerged in the 17th century and became the world standard for the pursuit of scientific knowledge, was initially regarded as a "secret" society for those reasons.
The "cornerstone" of the American Revolution was the separation of any religious belief from the governing structure over its citizens, resulting in the very greatest of American "freedoms", that being the Freedom of Thought. For the first time in recorded history, the United States as a national entity protected the individual from a forced belief doctrine, the result of which, perhaps, has been the unfettered and dynamic growth of American industry and science, and a continued reach for knowledge.
There are those interests now in the United States which wish to "turn back the clock" and have imposed over the laws of this nation a doctrine of religious belief and a discouragement of individual free-thinking. Education is under assault by these forces, as an educated mind is a danger to dogmatic control. This movement seeks to position any thought differing from its own as being "unAmerican", which is nothing more than the reimposition of the term "heretic", and it is time for the free-thinking, average American citizen to sit up and take notice of this threat now presented before us. Ultimately, no freedom is guaranteed unless the average citizen is prepared to protect it.
Think about it.