The First Nations peoples of what became the United States of America did not have a written language. As a consequence words were very important to them. Very early on they noted how the leaders of the United States of America were lying and duplicitous bastards. They would speak flowerly words that would cause another to think they believed in the values of freedom justice and fair play but their actions were totally divorced from the same.
We see that today with political leaders speaking of “freedom and democracy” in countries like Venezuela. A Hartmann type writing 100 years from now could very well quote them and claim “This proves how committed to freedom and democracy Donald Trump was”.
As you observed , the same applies to those hallowed “Founding fathers” . They were scoundrels and thieves intent on lining their pockets with as much wealth as they could. They spoke with forked tongues. They were just like the 1 percent of today.
As Howard Zinn observed , the vast majority of freedoms and liberties citizens of the United States might exercise was in spite of the founding fathers and came to them from the people who used the words of the 1 percent against them. Democracy is not a top down thing. A true Democracy does not have hierarchy and does not have a “ruling class” nor does it have a small group of people passing laws to ensure that they always rule.