237 years later, are we still a Republic?

Today is September 17, 2014. Two hundred and twenty-seven years ago on this date, in 1787, the greatest governing document the world has ever known came into existence as it was signed in convention in Philadelphia — our United States Constitution.

On that day as our American history teaches, us there was a very memorable exchange.

According to Mount Vernon.org, “Elizabeth Willing Powel was an important figure during the Revolutionary Era, a woman involved in the social and political maneuverings of the era. She was known as the premiere Saloniste of Philadelphia, in charge of a location where elite men and women in the late colonial and early national era spent their evenings. Among them, George Washington became a close personal friend of Powel’s, often asking for her advice about his political career and personal life. Following the Constitutional Convention in September 1787, a famous story surrounding Elizabeth and Benjamin Franklin arose. Elizabeth purportedly questioned Franklin on his way out of the Pennsylvania State House as to what form of government the delegates of the Congress had agreed upon. He replied, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” The story was originally told by James McHenry, George Washington’s final Secretary of War.”

A republic, if you can keep it — the challenge issued not just to Mrs. Powel but to every generation of America to come. A challenge to maintain this Constitutional Republic and uphold the sanctity of individual liberty and freedom, and the rule of law.

So on this day, pause and ask yourself, are we meeting Benjamin Franklin’s challenge to keep this Republic, or are we failing? If you are honest, there is only one response — or perhaps your response is that Franklin was just an old white guy and who cares what he said.

Well, those of us who took an oath to support and defend the seminal document that defines our Republic — we care. As a matter of fact, we’ve been willing to give our lives to meet Franklin’s challenge.

Here are those beautifully written opening words of James Madison — who had contributing writers and thinkers Alexander Hamilton and John Jay — that we call the Preamble to the United States Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Happy 227th birthday to our Constitution, to the establishment of this Constitutional Republic and to ol’ Ben Franklin. I will always fight to keep this Republic and thank you for your challenge. I will not surrender the fundamental premise of our existence.

Steadfast and Loyal. Molon Labe!

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Bob Watkins
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How soon we forget. Sadly most of us don’t even understand what you’re talking about. What an outstanding tribute to educators and their principles.

citizen
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“Those who would give up essential liberty for a little security shall have neither.” They knew what they were doing.

TruConserv
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Here’s the actual quote: “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

JustAl
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I’m sorry to say the destruction of the Republic was assured with passage of the 17th amendment. We are now a populists pseudo democracy ruled by those who vote to grant themselves largess from the public treasury.

Dzzy
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According to a study at Princeton University, we are no longer a democracy. We are an oligarchy. Look it up. Google it. Sure not gonna hear about it on the news.

MissDiane47
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“According to a study at Princeton University, we are no longer a ‘Republic.'”

It is highly apparent that you don’t know the difference between a Democracy & a Republic, so I took the “liberty” to fix your sentence.

Dzzy
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Actually the study says ‘Democracy’. So maybe Princeton got it wrong, but I doubt it.

MissDiane47
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Then both you AND Princeton got it wrong. America has never been designed as a Democracy. Princeton has been lying all along, and you should know that by now.

Earl Lee
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OH AMERICA IS NO MORE!!! Allen (rob these loons blind) you are truly sickening!!!! But I got to hand it to you…you know exactly what to say to get these loons to donate to your FRAUDULENT guardian fund! Keep up the good work you THIEF!!

Terry Lee Robbins
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You must be an Obama supporter. He is attempting to destroy our Constitution by abuse of his executive authority.

Earl Lee
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Sure he is…un huh…no other president has done what Obama is doing…unhuh…Obama is the first president to take a vacation, play golf or sign a executive order!

Terry Lee Robbins
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I didn’t say that Obama was destroying our Constitution by playing golf or taking a vacation. And, if you have been paying any attention at all, it is not the number of executive orders he has signed, but the substance of those executive orders. Obama has been bypassing Congress with his executive orders in violation of the Constitutional separation of powers between the three branches of government. Obama has been ignoring laws passed by Congress, rewriting and changing laws passed by Congress and acting as though he is a king. Why? Because the only experience he had was as a… Read more »
Earl Lee
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Yes…Obama is the first president in history to sign a executive order and no other president has ever signed on!!! Get outta here with that

James Johnson
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“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”–John Adams “The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the… Read more »
TruConserv
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Swap the name of any president into the second graph in place of Obama. Notice that it still makes sense, even if you might disagree with it? That’s because it’s drivel. It proves nothing than one person is pissed off and wants to whine about how because we didn’t get out way, the sky is falling and everyone is an idiot. It’s eye-rolling, cringe-worthy pandering unsupported by fact or logic. There are so many good reasons to dislike and oppose Obama, why must the radical fringe act like he’s the anti-Christ? “The danger to America is not Jimmy Carter, but… Read more »
James Johnson
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If you voted for Obama because of his work experience, then you are delusional ….of his qualifications, then you are ignorant ….of his economic plan, then you are a moron ….he is black, then you are racist ….you want free stuff, then you are greedy ….your union told you to, then you are a tool ….you want free healthcare, then you are an idiot. But if you voted for him because you TRULY know what he stands for, then you are a traitor.

Go ahead and try to swap Obama’s name with any president here. I’ll wait…

TruConserv
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I didn’t vote for Obama, and, yes, it’s still drivel.

Swap Obama with anyone and black with white, and then, yea, it could be anyone.

Obama never ran on free healthcare, so that’s nothing specific to him. Perhaps union gives him away for a (D), but if you swap “boss” then you have one for (R).

Seriously, if all you have to do is swap names and now generalizations, I guess it better than just names, but it’s still drivel.

Joel Busher
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At the close of the Constitutional Convention, Bengamin Franklin was asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Mr. Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Is that right, America is losing her republic… Two Choices: 2 hours of television every night or 2 hours of Cicero, Thomas Jefferson, Plato, Socrates, and 24 books of the Old and New Testament. Cicero witnessed Rome fall from a republic into a despotism. He remarked that houses were …filled with libraries but no one read the books. History shows the coliseums were popular and full. Ignorance allows the… Read more »