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A Republic, If You Can Keep It
by Jacob G. Hornberger, November 2001



AT THE CLOSE OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what type of government the Constitution was bringing into existence. Franklin replied, A republic, if you can keep it

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Regardless of ones judgment concerning the type of government that the Constitution brought into existence in 1787, no one can deny that it was truly the most unusual and radical in history.

Consider: With the tragic exception of slavery, the United States was a society in which people could, by and large, engage in any occupation or economic enterprise without a government license, permit, or regulation.

Where people could travel anywhere in the world without restriction (no passports) and trade with whomever they pleased without the permission of their government officials.

Where people could accumulate unlimited amounts of wealth without government interference, because the Constitution did not permit the government to levy taxes on income.

Where people were free to do whatever they wanted with their own money save, spend, donate, invest, hoard, or even destroy it.

Where government was not permitted to take care of people no Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, education grants, or foreign aid.

No longer in this country.


Edited by Stalk Hunter (09/20/12 09:52 PM)
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