by Allen West
On the day our Constitution was signed, September 17, 1787 (for those of you who didn’t know), Benjamin Franklin was met by a Philadelphia socialite, a woman named Mrs. Powell. She made a simple but powerful inquiry of Franklin asking him, “Well, Doctor, what is it that we have, a monarchy or a republic?” Franklin with his well-renowned precision wit responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
The United States of America is not a democracy; it is a Constitutional Republic. However, when we don’t teach our history, instead choosing to revise it; when we don’t teach civics, instead choosing to create a generation of subjects, mindless drones, and not citizens — we cannot keep the Republic. The reason is we don’t even know what a Republic entails, and as Franklin once quipped, we then get the government we deserve.
We live in a representative Democracy, and our representatives in political office are selected to represent and be accountable to us — that is a Constitutional Republic. But what happens when we’re too ignorant to know the difference between that which we were created to be, and that which we are becoming — a Constitutional Monarchy? We find ourselves not being governed, but rather being ruled, by a class of political elites enabled by a complicit media and entertainment elites. They see themselves as above us, the common folk, and direct us to do as they say, not as they do, and accountability to us be damned.
The United States of America is not a democracy; it is a Constitutional Republic. However, when
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