I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America. And to the REPUBLIC, for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty, and justice FOR ALL.
Can anyone else remember reciting this every morning in school?
Can We Keep This Republic?
CNSNews.com Commentary by Michael Quinn Sullivan
November 22, 2000
Perhaps we are in need of a dictator; perhaps we are unfit to govern ourselves, as the King of England once declared. The folly of Florida is only the
latest symptom of our ailing republic.
The day must have been a long one. These men had suffered hours of long and acrimonious debate, knowing crisis upon crisis threatened to implode the
War with England had successfully concluded, and now the fledging nation of 13 states had to go about the business of governing itself. Debts were
mounting; factions accused each other of undermining the spirit of the revolution; the nation appeared poised on the verge of collapse.
And so delegations from the states had gathered to form what they hoped would be a lasting government based on the foundation of law, and not on the
whims of men. They envisioned a society of simple laws with a minimum of compulsory rules or obligations. Their vision was for a land of freedom and
Benjamin Franklin, an elderly man by this time, left the meeting hall and was asked what had been decided, what form of government had been
"A republic, if you can keep it," came the storied reply. He feared that the nature of human government, to devolve into dictatorship, resulted from
our desire for security over liberty. He, and many of his compatriots, feared the population would not sustain a free society, eventually demanding
the strong, yet secure, arm of government over the uncertain promise of freedom.
Some 213 years later, one must admit that Mr. Franklin's fears were well founded. Laws, rules and regulations dictating every facet of life are
promulgated exponentially. Taxes are increased without hesitation, while freedom is restricted as a matter of political convenience.