What would the founders think of the space program?
Would the founders have gone to the Moon? Would they go on to Mars? Would they have launched the shuttle Discovery?
Although Benjamin Franklin was the only founder who was a true scientist, many of his peers were learned amateurs, curious about the natural world. Thomas Jefferson, in his second term as president, sent the Corps of Discovery (the Lewis and Clark expedition) to the ends of the Louisiana Territory and beyond partly for military and political purposes: he wanted to map his new acquisition, and literally show the flag in it. But he also had a romantic interest in the possible discoveries Lewis and Clark might make. All his life, he yearned to find specimens of gigantic North American beasts, to contradict the Abbe Reynal and other European scientists who maintained that everything degenerated in the New World. (Jefferson was over six feet tall, and the Abbe Reynal was, in Jefferson's words, a "shrimp," so Thomas Jefferson hadn't degenerated.) He never found anything bigger than a moose, and the bones of a gigantic prehistoric sloth, but he looked hard.
He also looked on the public dime, which made other founders cautious about research for its own sake. Rep. James Madison suggested that the first census (1790) ask a number of questions about what Americans did and how well off they were. His fellow congressmen balked: the new Constitution required them to take a census to count Americans for the purposes of representation in the House and the Electoral College. They weren't going to spend any extra time or money gratifying James Madison's curiosity.
Between these two poles ? vision and prudence ? how would the space shuttle fare? The founders would probably want to push the boundaries of knowledge, but the experimental minutiae that the shuttles perform would probably strike them as an extravagance.
The founders are in undisclosed locations, and the Patriot Act forbids me from saying precisely how I am in contact with them, but be assured that I am. All direct quotations from the founders are on the record. In fact, they have been on the record for two hundred years.