A Republic

"A Republic, if you can keep it."

by Dr. Earl Taylor, Jr., National Center for Constitutional Studies

Most of us are acquainted with the remark by Benjamin Franklin as recorded in the notes of James McHenry, a delegate from Maryland, when Franklin was asked by a lady after the Constitutional Convention ended, "Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy?" "A republic," replied the Doctor, "if you can keep it."


What Franklin was no doubt referring to was the delicate and time consuming nature of the precious, freedom-preserving document they had just painstakingly authored, and the knowledge he had that it would take a constantly enlightened people to preserve it. Otherwise it would quickly fall into the other forms of government that history shows always results when a people let themselves be governed by the whims of men. 

During his life of 81 years, Benjamin Franklin became a master student of human tendency throughout history. He understood what might be termed the "Pride Cycle." It follows these steps:


  1. When people have real equality and freedom, which he felt this Constitution would provide, they always become prosperous, which is a blessing God always bestows upon a righteous people.

  2. Over time, people tend to lose sight of the Godly source of their prosperity. This leads to class distinction driven by pride and arrogance. This is fueled by strife between the haves and the have-nots. The Fatherhood of God and the equal brotherhood of man are forgotten.

  3. As internal contention and difficulties arise, less attention is paid to external challenges which brings wars from without and faltering economies and famines within, all leading to the demand for a leader with monarchial powers to "fix" it all. This leader usually gains more power by promising more to the "have-nots" who envy the "haves" and who become more numerous and politically powerful.

  4. All these monarchial leaders know to do is to build a stronger bureaucracy with more and more centralized control over the people. Of course, to retain power, they promise more and more gifts to the growing class of poor who keep electing them to power.

  5. Because of heavy government control and taxation, individual initiative falters and the economy produces less and less. In an attempt to keep the gifts flowing, the master-minds incur huge debts which cannot be paid back and eventually the whole economy collapses under the weight of regulation and debt. Chaos ensues, and, if the people are not conquered by a foreign enemy, the central government breaks apart and law and order breaks down. People are left to survive with what they have saved up during the good times. Hopefully, enough law and order can be had on a local level to provide some protection.

  6. When the people have been sufficiently humbled again, maybe they will begin to remember the prosperity, freedom, and peace they enjoyed before and take steps to, once again, reestablish Constitutional freedom. As with all such attempts it will, no doubt, take the shedding of blood to restore.


Benjamin Franklin seemed to sense these patterns of human nature when, during the Constitutional Convention, made the following statements:


"Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambitions and avarice; the love of power and the love of money." 

"Reasons will never be wanting for proposed augmentations [speaking of public salaries and political power]; and there will always be a party for giving more to the rulers, that the rulers may be able in return to give more to them." 

"Hence, as all history informs us, there has been in every state and kingdom a constant kind of warfare between the governing and the governed, the one striving to obtain more for its support, and the other to pay less." 

"But there is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government. It sometimes relieves them from aristocratic domination. They had rather have one tyrant than 500. It gives more of the appearance of equality among citizens; and 


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  • commented 2013-11-24 09:28:18 -0500
    TY :)
  • commented 2013-09-07 18:13:27 -0400
    Will you become a “FLDF” First Line of Defense Fighters"?
    Well so let’s see since 2010 “Our Big Winning the Congress” and then came 2012 election and many sat on the sidelines due to investigations by IRS into why, what etc and told us to keep our mouth shout or else. Well guess what that my friends was the major step in taking away your “Freedoms and replacing it with Tyranny”. So some of you sat out the election and now we come to the 2014 election. So lets see you sat out 2012 and got Tyranny, is that the same path you are going to take in 2014? Or will you stand-up and get involved and be the “First Line of Defense Fighters” “FLDF”, in the world to keep your “Freedoms” by electing “Conservative Candidates” to all levels of government. If that is you desire then come join with me a great organization with a proven track record to help elect “Conservatives”
  • commented 2013-08-30 19:39:52 -0400
    Why we will lose in 2014
    First of all I want to make it very clear that I am a conservative and what I am about to tell you is based on fact and reality.
    The conservative movement is not united and is slip into 3 units.
    • The GOP Leadership, lead by RINO’S. The GOP Leadership will not let Conservatives run for high level positions, thus many conservatives will not vote or get involved.
    • Conservative Groups (tea Parties) Power Push by a few large groups. Some are made to look like they are conservatives but in true nature are really RINO’S undercover.
    • Then we have the so-called gentle public (Joe) conservative, which is slip into 2 groups.
    1. The Doer’s; those who get in the fight to win and do whatever it likes to win.
    2. The Sitters; these are people who will so yes to singing up to help in a task. But when it comes time to do the work they are nowhere to be found. This is a large part of the conservatives.
    The conservative movement is not just fighting the Progressives (Commie) it is also fighting the GOP Leadership. The GOP leadership does not like the Conservative movement. Then within in the Conservative movement we have some groups who are on a Power Trip and a money grab operation to increase their power.
    As much as I hate to say it the Left is Totally United in their efforts to get people elected.
    I hope I am worry in my thinking, but being involved since 1995 I really don’t see much change.

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