Now, when I say "myth" in the title of this thread, I don't mean "false." I'm referring to the common story that we Americans were all taught in school about the founding of our country. Now with that out of the way, I can ask my question. Why do people give god-like status to the Founding Fathers? Why, to some people, are the intentions of the Founding Fathers the driving force behind how we run our country? Why are quotations of famous Founding Fathers acceptable "rationale" behind a political viewpoint. I understand the importance of the Constitution, and I of course do not advocate it's subversion in any way, but why do so many in America worship this document as inerrant? The Constitution is Law, and that's it, to be modified as needed to create always a more perfect government. So I guess my main question is, for all those "strict constitutionalists" out there, which came first, your political ideologies or the Constitution (not chronologically, of course)? Is your political ideology "support the Constitution and the intentions of the Founding Fathers" or are you using the Constitution and your interpretation of the intentions of the Founding Fathers merely as support for your already-held opinions? This is something I've wondered for a while, and I'm curious to hear opinions on the subject.