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Discerning Moment: Timeless Truths from America's Treasury

A Republic...If You Can Keep It
A lady asked [Benjamin] Franklin,
“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
–“A Republic,” replied the Doctor, “if you can keep it.”
Quoted in A Republic If You Can Keep It by Dr. Gai Ferdon

September 17, 2015 marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. On that day in 1787, 40 bold men from 12 states signed the document that would guarantee in writing the rights and liberties of citizens of the newly formed United States of America. They would no longer be subject to the arbitrary whims of lawmakers or monarchs, but be governed by a written document guaranteeing their rights and liberties. Several months later on June 21, 1788 the remaining nine states ratified the document, and a Bill of Rights was added to further insure protection for individuals and states from a central federal government.

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