Before I totally say goodbye to the founding fathers, which I am obviously sad to do, I thought I'd share something I've used to occupy my mind on the commute lately.
The Founding Fathers as played by The Fellowship of the Ring
or vice versa
Bilbo Baggins : Benjamin Franklin
about half a generation up from the other guys. already a legend on his own merits. given in his old age to silliness and ribaldry, which is tolerated because he's earned the right to sit on his laurels, but soulful and wise when it counts.
Gandalf : one of the Greek philosophers who the fathers are always quoting
dave has a crush on a girl who could tell us which one
Aragorn : George Washington
courageous military commander who is reserved and wise beyond his years in everyday life. a leader whom men line up to follow.
Legolas : Thomas Jefferson
understated, pithy, seems above it all. intimidatingly perceptive and detached.
Boromir : Alexander Hamilton
a soldier, and somewhat likeable, but ultimately treacherous. is killed.
The Hobbits : John Adams
chronically underestimated because of their size, appetite, and capacity for merriment. when relied upon, will go anywhere and stop at nothing to succeed. approachable and well loved.
The Dwarf : i have no idea!
this one's been puzzling me. at first i thought john adams, because of his gruffness and unlikely bond with jefferson, but he's too optimistic and helpful to be the dwarf. maybe john marshall, just because he deserves to be on the docket. i don't know, and dave's never read or seen lord of the rings, so this one may be left up in the air.