Do we rely too much on the Founders to settle our policy arguments?
I've never heard anyone rely on the Founders in a policy argument. I've heard people rely on the Constitution when arguing whether something is legally permissible. But I've never heard someone say e.g. "Our taxes should be such and such a percentage of income because that's what George Washington believed." And if someone has made that kind of argument, I certainly can't remember any time when it "settled" the argument.
Strange. Really strange.