When Benjamin Franklin left the Pennsylvania state house on the last day of the Constitutional Convention, a Mrs. Powel approached him and asked if a monarchy or a republic had been created. “A republic if you can keep it,” was Franklin’s response.

Franklin, like many of the other Framers, knew that republics were fragile—history had shown that republics were likely to fall due to factions, inequality, deceitful politicians, corruption, and an assortment of other evils. Yet, Franklin and the other delegates chose this form of government, believing it was the best option for securing peace and the natural rights of the people of the United States. 

Choosing this form of government showed great faith in the people of America—republics are only as successful as their voters are wise. We at Keeping The Republic believe that this faith was well bestowed. However, we are worried about the future of the Republic. Factionalism, inequality, injustice, corruption, poor education, and a host of other issues pose severe challenges that, if not addressed, may very well result in the fall of our beloved polity. Keeping The Republic’s mission is to facilitate great discussions that will empower Americans to seek truth, justice, and unity over the selfish interests of any one political party.

James McHenry's Journal
This photograph (from the Library of Congress) of James McHenry’s diary recounts the interaction between Franklin and Mrs. Powell