Liberty and a Republic
At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Ben Franklin was asked as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation. Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin replied, “A republic . . . if you can keep it.”
Franklin replied, “A republic . . . if you can keep it.”
It is now OUR task to ensure that the principles of liberty are securely enshrined in the hearts and minds of the American people.
I wrote 8 years ago on ActiveRain, (where I use to blog most of the time.) A Democracy or A Republic?
Article 4 Section 4 of our Constitution guarantees to every state in the Union a Republican form of government.
Thirty-eight years after the Declaration of Independence was written, John Adams warned “A democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There never was a democracy that didn’t commit suicide.”
I am a very optimistic person BUT, I am concerned that our kids and those in authority are not being taught The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We are on a slippery slope and have been for many years.
I saw on the news last week, someone on the streets asking people, “WHY do we celebrate the 4th of July?” If their answers are any indication of how most our citizens answered we ARE in BIG trouble.
John Adams, the second president of the United States wrote concerning Independence Day, “I believe that this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” he wrote his wife, Abigail. “It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other…”
I believe we have definitely followed his advice on the celebration NOW if we can just remember WHY we are!