Have we as a nation lived up to the ideals of the founding fathers?

I don't think we have. They wanted to set up a system of government where people could participate in government and have their voice heard. Today only about half the people who could vote do. People don't participate. We broke away from England because of the taxes and the monarchy. Today it is big corporations who run our country, and the rich people. There are a few in charge, and the common people don't actually have much power.