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A Republic, if you can keep it: Celebrate Constitution Day

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by the Founding Fathers on September 17, 1787. There is a famous quotation of Benjamin Franklin, following the final day of deliberations at the Constitutional Convention: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” Franklin’s answer was “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Unfortunately the fear that Madison had about factions is becoming more and more the case. If anything truly endangers the Republic, it is that. There is also a sizable effort to de-legitimize the Founding Fathers as racist and elites and to call the Constitution stupid and outdated. That needs to be resisted. When we have a Supreme Court that has basically become a means to circumvent the appeal process of the Constitution, we remain just a few SCOTUS appointments away from true tyranny.

Howard Chandler Christy: Signing of the U.S. Constitution