“A Republic: If You Can Keep It” – Benjamin Franklin

When Ben Franklin exited the Constitutional Convention he was ask, what form of government have you given us.  His response reflected the delicate nature of their genius experiment.  A Republic, he said; If You Can Keep It!

The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.

Franklin’s well chosen words served, not just as a warning but they were prescient. For a Republic is established on a Rule Of Law and it’s Protection of Personal Liberty.

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THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

“A Republic: If You Can Keep It” – Benjamin Franklin

4 comments to “A Republic: If You Can Keep It” – Benjamin Franklin

  • Ben

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear”.

    – Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • rainmaker

    Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!

    -Andrew Jackson (and rout them out, he did)

  • SilverSmiles

    Are we not already an oligarchy?

  • SilverSmiles

    Plutocracy, Oligarchy, Fascist Corporatocracy, Kleptotocracy; why yes, I believe we are!

    Ben:

    Very nice quote – Thanks

    Rainmaker:

    And rout them out, he did I think they tried to kill him too.
    That got us 89? years without a central bank. No interest, no inherent deficits that comes from fiat currency issued at interest.

    The last guy that attempted to do such a thing also tried to extricate us from involvement in SE Asia and waged a frontal assault on organized crime: strike 1-2-3. He was shot by a lone gunman in Dallas; my first cognition of an international news event.

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