“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” a lady asked Benjamin Franklin.
“A republic – if you can keep it,” he replied.
It was at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation, according to the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention.
We have struggled to keep it from that point to this, and it has indeed been a struggle.
I fear that the days of that Republic are drawing to a close, at least the Republic as defined by the hard-fought Constitution they were drafting back then.
Some things have been changed for change-sake, not for the better. The definitions and dimensions of our Republic are being redrawn, our Constitution being redrafted even if not on paper. So many things are going on before our eyes and behind our backs that it’s hard to know where to begin reversing this course, this downhill slide backward toward — what? Monarchy? No, at least not yet, although I think Obama sees himself that way.
Well, I don’t think it’s time to wring our hands, throw in the towel, give up the ship, and any other cliche you can think of that declares defeat.
We can still keep our Republic, though we may to fight to re-take it first. Sort of like the news story that came across my email a little while ago…
“American Crew Overpowers Somali Pirates”
American Sailors Turn Table on Somali Pirates
(By LUIS MARTINEZ, DANA HUGHES, MARTHA RADDATZ and ZOE MAGEE
NAIROBI, Kenya, April 8, 2009)
A crew of American sailors turned the tables on armed Somali pirates today who hijacked their ship after a high seas chase – and then were overpowered by the U.S. crew.
The pirates picked on the wrong ship when they went after the Maersk Alabama, a 17,000 ton container ship carrying relief aid to Mombasa, Kenya.
Sometimes you just have to resist change – change of leadership of the Alabama, for example – have to fight, fight to retake ground and then fight to keep it.
Whatever it takes, we need to keep our Republic.