The Founding Fathers are properly revered for being farsighted during extraordinarily complex, perilous times. They were idealistic, pragmatic, political and fallibly wise–but not 21st century prescient. They couldn’t foresee, for example, where the (anti-mob-rule) Electoral College would lead nor could they divine how a cherry-picking gun-culture–enamored of assault weapons in a non-militia context–would interpret the Second Amendment. The Founders did their best in 18th century America. We should honor that sui generis, contextual effort–and do our “American exceptionalism” best–in 2019.