by: the Common Constitutionalist
When watching (if you have the stomach for it) Obama’s State of the Union show tonight, with his laundry list of Nanny-State proposals and usurpation of our God-given rights, remember that nothing of this world lasts forever. That includes nations.
They do, however, have one thing in common. They all lasted several hundred to several thousand years. We may not be so lucky.
In 1787 a crowd gathered outside the hall where the Constitutional convention was held in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. As the doors were opened and the delegates began to emerge, a woman identified only as Mrs. Powell of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A Republic, madam, if you can keep it.”
Franklin knew, as did the other founders, the republic, like children, must be nurtured and given constant attention, lest they stray down the wrong path. In the case of the republic, it is the path toward tyranny.
The founders charged the citizens of this country to actively pursue righteousness in our elected officials, and to remain alert to the activities at every level of government.
With each passing decade, we have become forgetful and complacent. The average American today knows little to nothing of our own founding or the original intent of our government, or what those people endured to allow us the opportunity to rule ourselves.
Yet over time we have willingly squandered that opportunity to instead choose to be ruled by those who should serve us.
Some would say that the citizenry is just too busy to be bothered by such things. As our society has “evolved” and “progressed”, it is said that things have just become too complicated and the founders could not have foreseen the problems of today. Woodrow Wilson said just that as he advocated for a “Living Constitution“.