Steven, I respect your thinking greatly, but this time I feel you are guilty of sloppiness in your argument. You write " They've bequeathed it to us in the form of a new experimental form of government" but I would contend instead that the only "new" part was to call the head of state a "President" instead of a "King of the People". Before anyone says Kings arent elected, that wasnt always the case (e.g. the King of Scots - the People, never the Land- who was elected by a Parliament of Nobles and Commoners at least 500 years before the American Constitution). Nor was the notion that all men were created equal all that new or experimental, and in any case in the US it was effectively " All men ( who are over the age of 30 and landowners and not mad or criminals and are white) are created equal".
http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/home/scotland/ar... for an english translation of a Declaration which resonates still in the far later American one.
Finally, it has been written many times by those far more erudite than myself that the American Constitution was primarily a product of Masonic ethical and political reasoning. Many, if not a majority, of the signatories to that document were masons, and many influential early Americans were also either Scottish by birth or by close decent. The origins of the American "experiment" were not new; they were simply a continuation of the ancient government of the Scots by other means following the disasterous and traitorous Union with England which had destroyed that tradition not too many years before.
To sit in silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men