The story has been told and retold: Ben Franklin was walking out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when a lady asked him….
“Well, Doctor, what have we got a republic or a monarchy?
Franklin, “A republic, if you can keep it.“
But that’s not the end of the story which most likely took place in the lady’s home. The woman was Mrs. Elizabeth Willing Powel, the wife of Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powel. She continued her inquiry …
“And why not keep it?”
Franklin, “Because the people, on tasting the dish, are always disposed to eat more of it than does them good.
Franklin’s witticisms often carry an ominous tinge — and were often edited. Another of his famous quotes from that era comes just after Washington had been elected the first president.
“The first man put at the helm will be a good one. Nobody knows what sort may come afterwards,” He continued, “The executive will be always increasing here, as elsewhere, till it ends in a monarchy.”
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Hello family and friends,
I’m sharing this to comfort myself mainly, as well as others’, if any sympathize with my feelings &/or even if you don’t. It has become increasingly too clear that Donald Trump has and will do whatever he feels like to keep control of the office he was never fit to hold. He, or some of his more savage henchmen, have ordered our soldiers to ignore the rights of those who don’t support him. Is the president beginning a war by proxy with his goons? A friend told me today that he’s threatened to do what he did in Portland but to larger cities, all of which, are in Blue States. He’s said as much and more, but only to Democratic States and Cities.
That’s not what a President who loves The Constitution and the American People does; and it’s certainly not an offence that we can let go unaccountable for. Kidnapping is Capital Crime!
He’s breaking laws ignoring the foundations of the our rights, the Bill of Rights. Think Portland, Oregon last week: The Federal Government cannot simply jump out of unmarked cars and take you into custody without telling you why. Whether from local or national government, we are SUPPOSE to be protected from kidnapping. Those poor kids must have some tale to tell! Where are they? Why haven’t we heard from them? Were they released or imprisoned? WTF!?
Ok, I won’t rant and rail, I promise, just let me add one thing: This is FUCKING OUTRAGEOUS! I’ve said worse in some of political poems. I want to point to things said in similar past situations. I will add to this post as I find more inspiration. For now, I’m good but yeah, I’m very aware and nervous about it. Like you are, yes? I invite you to comment.
First, look at how the Southern States Rewrote History and sold it to generation after generation to establish their “heritage” and memorialize traitors to the United States.
Lincoln: Before the War:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other.
After the War
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
The Tulsa Massacre of 1921
Even by low estimates, the Tulsa Race Massacre stood as one of the deadliest riots in U.S. history. Approximately 300 people were killed. For decades, there were no public ceremonies, memorials for the dead or any efforts to commemorate the events of May 31-June 1, 1921. Instead, there was a deliberate effort to cover them up.
Edward R. Murrow
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.
“This is no time for men who oppose ( Donald Trump’s ) methods to keep silent, or for those who approve,” Murrow continued.
We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”
The American Civil Liberties Union
“Make no mistake: Trump’s federal troops will not be a constructive force in Chicago,” said Colleen Connell, “As our colleagues have seen in Portland, Trump’s secret forces will terrorize communities, and create chaos. This is not law and order. This is an assault on the people of this country, the specific protections of protest and press in the First Amendment, and the Constitution’s assignment of policing to local authorities — not from a president acting like a despot.”
~ Colleen Connell, Executive Director, ACLU
Republican Extremists are talking Civil War. The hate & miscommunication have gone that far and both sides are using this from Jefferson. The only time I ever saw this was in the Sixties when so much change happened. It’s a quote again from Jefferson.
Remember Kent State University when the Feds opened fire on our own people killing four young people?
I sincerely hope we are not seeing the beginning of such dreadful times.
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