In America, no other distinction between man and man had ever been known but that of persons in office exercising powers by authority of the laws, and private individuals. Among these last, the poorest laborer stood on equal ground with the wealthiest millionaire, and generally on a more favored one whenever their rights seem to jar.
—Thomas Jefferson: Answers to de Meusnier Questions, 1786
ALTHOUGH WE HAVE MUCH THAT WE MIGHT CHANGE ABOUT OUR GOVERNment and business, it’s clear that we also have a great and noble heritage on which to build and many great leaders in whose footsteps we can follow. Unlike America’s Founders, however, we don’t have to start from a blank piece of paper.