Yes, the ones you call your "founding fathers" were epic political philosophers - no question. They have much to offer to any who will read and think.
It's funny - Saskatchewan had a leftist government for years and years. I used to refer to the AB/SK border as the "Straw Curtain".
We in AB were then led by mostly conservatives - conservatives and CINO's but not lefties. Anyway, that ended here when our conservative King Ralph (as he was affectionately known) stepped down as Premier. AB is now governed by liberals masquerading as conservatives.
Our provincial motto used to be "The Alberta Advantage". Our conservative poseurs ditched that motto and ditched Klein's law that required balanced budgets and now are racking up billions in debt in AB - deficit financing. These sh-theels got elected the same way they do in your country...pit one group against another, divide and conquer and make promises of bread and circuses for all the slackers.
Meanwhile, across the Straw Curtain, they turfed their history of commie governments (CCF/NDP) and elected Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party in 2007. Now, it's the "Saskatchewan Advantage". Yes, they actually stole our motto.... and then put it to very good use. He took over a sinking ship and turned it into a fast frigate in about 4 years. Everybody said it couldn't be done.
Yeah, his speech meant a lot to me, too. We're sinkin' here in AB - and there's no reason for it.