Benjamin Franklin: We Have Given You a Republic, It Remains To Be Seen If You Will Be Able to Retain It

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We Have Given You A Republic. It Remains To Be Seen If You Will Be Able To Retain It: Benjamin Franklin said “We have given you a Republic. It remains to be seen if you will be able to retain it.” The statement was made soon after Benjamin Franklin and the other delegates had concluded their work on the Constitution. A woman approached Ben Franklin outside and asked him "Well, Dr. Franklin, what have you done for us?” The response from Ben Franklin was directed or likely meant as a warning to “we the people” (the electorate) due to our Founders’ fear of our country losing its republican form of government (in the future) by transitioning into a democracy. I am of the opinion that Ben Franklin and other signers of the…show more content…
Considering our Founders’ view of a democracy, I suppose it was intentional that one cannot find the word “democracy” in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States. From what I understand, the founding republican principles used to be widely understood and commonly accepted by our populace. It appears to me, during the last century, the notion has fraudulently become nearly widely accepted that our country is a democracy. I am of the opinion this is especially true amongst the less educated due primarily to years of liberal indoctrination within our public schools, the liberal media, and other leftists fulfilling agendas as they rewrite history. Past presidents have even implied the United States is a democracy; for example, Woodrow Wilson declared that we fought World War I “to make the world safe for democracy.” & Franklin Roosevelt said that the U.S. “must be the great arsenal of democracy.” Democracies have always been known to self-destruct when the majority realizes it can vote itself hand-outs from the minority by electing the candidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury. To maintain their power, these candidates must adopt an ever-increasing tax and spend policy to satisfy the ever-increasing desires of the majority. As taxes are increased, the incentive for the productive to produce decreases

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