November 5th, 2012

A Republic, if You Can Keep It!

 

As America reaches election day, 2012, we are reminded of the famous exchange between Benjamin Franklin and a Philadelphia woman as the Constitution Convention concluded and as he walked home on September 17, 1787.

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”  “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

We’ve discussed the events of 1787 in three earlier posts.

http://www.thenewfederalism.com/september-17-1787-225-years-ago-today/

http://www.thenewfederalism.com/225-years-ago-may-25-1787/

http://www.thenewfederalism.com/september-17-1787-franklin-the-other-indispensable-man/

Amicus writes about Franklin’s statement in essay “Number 6.  Our Defense against Arrogance:  Individual Freedom and Liberty.”

“Madison’s great object—placing precautions and controls in the Constitution to protect individual freedom and liberty from a government administered by men over men—needs constant renewal and support.”

We re-introduced this “Defense against Arrogance” in two prior posts.

http://www.thenewfederalism.com/the-founders-defense-against-arrogance-humility/

http://www.thenewfederalism.com/are-we-smarter-or-do-we-just-think-so-numbers-3-4-5-and-6/

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Valerius argues that federal elections are about much more than the Presidency – “Number 50:  It’s the 468 Bi-Annual Seats in Congress!  (Not the Presidency)”

“Wouldn’t it be easier if the protection of individual freedom and liberty rights could just be assigned to a single American citizen?  . . .It would be easier to leave all of this to others.  Most of us are just too busy with our lives, playing the genetic hand we’ve been dealt, exploring what we can do to make a living while balancing work and family and remaining flexible.  . . . Day-to-day challenges consume us—food, shelter, clothing, and children. . . .

The Founders—with the irrefutable support of history—scream at us across the centuries that reliance on one (or a few individuals) can never lead to individual freedom with liberty rights. . . .

In even-numbered years, on the first Tuesday of November, 435 members of the House of Representatives stand for election.  At the same time, 33 members of the Senate stand for election (once every six years it is 34).  The only choice of incumbents is whether to run.  And, on that day, the Founders ensured that elected federal officials are accountable to citizens.”

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Please exercise the Founders’ gift of individual freedom and liberty tomorrow – vote!

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With malice toward none, and charity for all!

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