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The illusion of a Republic

We all remember the quote from Benjamin Franklin outside of Independence Hall in 1787 when the Constitutional Convention concluded.

Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”

Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The question is have we kept it or do we have something much different than our founders envisioned?  I believe we have something much different than our founders envisioned and the transformation started about 100 years ago.  This transformation has been greatly accelerated in the last 6 months with the passage of ObamaCare and the Financial Reform bill; two laws that encroach upon individual liberties and property rights.  Two laws that only 50 years ago would have never passed because the people had a better grasp on the Constitution and would have immediately cried foul.  Just the other day the Senate attempted to pass the Disclose Act.  They were three votes away from passing a bill that clearly would have abridged freedom of speech violating the first amendment.  They knew this bill was unconstitutional and dared to pass it anyway.  Is this the Republic that our founders envisioned?

I was sitting outside last night watching the sun dip below the horizon and I was thinking about Rome and the last days of the Republic.  Corruption was the norm and the Senate had turned over much of their power to the popular Julius Caesar; they became irrelevant.  The Roman Republic died long before the first emperor claimed the title emperor.  For years the people lived under the illusion of a Republic.  They believed that their elected officials mattered when the truth was they had very little authority and were powerless to do anything.  This illusion of a Republic held Rome together until it could be finally transformed into an empire where Rome became much more than just a city but the seat of an empire where the citizens no longer had a say.

We have witnessed our own House and Senate pass bills they don’t read.  We have seen them abandon their responsibility to rein in a President that clearly has a radical agenda to transform America into something completely 180 degrees out from what our founders spilled their blood to achieve; self-governance, liberty, and property rights.  They have exceeded the scope of their authority and trampled all over our Constitution in the name of social, economic, and environmental justice.  We have lost a number of our liberties during the past 6 months and our elected representatives simply don’t care anymore.  They’re a corrupt group who are on the verge of becoming powerless to do anything.  They are building a structure that will make them less relevant and expand the power of the executive branch, just as it was during the last days of the Roman Republic.

I worry that soon like the Roman citizens we will be living in the illusion of a Republic where we will have little or no say.  So the question you must ask yourself is have we kept the Republic or do we just think we have kept it?  Is the Republic alive and well or like Rome has the Rubicon been crossed and the Republic is already dead?  Think about it.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


Filed under: Benjamin Franklin, Congress, Constitution, Republic, Rome, united states

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  • theCL July 29, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Our form of government was dramatically changed in 1913. Our politicians have become our rulers. Americans who once swore an oath to a creed, now choose to swear upon the alter of the state.

    America is but a shadow of its former self.

  • republicanmother July 29, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Check out this documentary:
    The Money Masters is very informational in detailing the monetary history of the Republic. It made a lot more things make sense to me.
    Just as the Roman Empire overextended itself militarily and financially, America has followed in the footsteps. This expansion was made possible due to the Federal Reserve.

  • John Carey July 29, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    The question I have is it too late to reverse or have we crossed the Rubicon CL?

  • John Carey July 29, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Thanks for dropping by Republicanmother. It's a pretty long video. I agree that we, like the Roman Empire have overextended ourselves. Something will have to give sooner or later.

  • Matt July 29, 2010 at 9:18 PM

    Those are some scary comparisons. It will end up like Rome unless we act, and act soon. November seems to be good time! 😀

  • John Carey July 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Indeed Matt. We need to keep the focus and turn this thing around.

  • Steve Dennis July 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    I think that we have lost it, but I think we can get it back if we have enough time left. I am not sure we do because it will take years to educate the younger generations about what the role of government is supposed to be.

  • John Carey August 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    We need to continue to expose the progressives as to what they are trying to do with our history and Constitution. The more people learn about the progressive movement, the more they reject it. They have gotten a free pass simply because they didn't understand what progressives really stood for. Thanks for the comments Steve.

  • republicanmother August 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    That video is best watched in parts. My 11-year-old found it interesting. It's really amazing how many people got assassinated when trying to do something constructive about central banking. I'm looking at US history in a totally different light after seeing that and researching its claims for myself.

  • John Carey August 1, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    Thank you republicanmother. I will take a look at it and reserve my comments until I view it. Once again thank you for dropping by.

  • Anonymous August 3, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Once the XVIIth Ammendment was passed allowing for the direct popular vote of Senators as opposed to appointed by the state governments, we ceased to be a republic and became a limted democracy. This ammendment essentially ended the recognized sovereignty of the several "states"(look up the definition of 'state') and effectively handed the federal government a broader degree of control.

  • John Carey August 3, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    I 100 percent agree with you anonymous! Thanks for the comments!