As the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Ben Franklin walked out of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to find an anxious crowd.
According to a diary entry recorded by James McHenry, a signatory to the Constitution, a woman from Philadelphia was the first to speak to Franklin.
"Well, doctor,” she asked, “what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?"
"A republic,” Franklin famously replied. “If you can keep it."
Perhaps we cannot.
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