If you can keep it…

Dr. James McHenry is famous not so much for his practice of medicine back in the day but, instead, for his practice of writing. You see, the good doc captured a rare conversation between Mrs. Powell and Mr. Franklin (Benjamin, that is). We don’t know much about her but we know Ben was 81, the oldest delegate in the Constitutional Convention, and considered the “sage of the constitution.” According to McHenry , Mrs. Powell was some kinda ccd magic with her question to Ben. “Well, doctor,” she began, “what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?”

She was asking the question that the entire American public was asking each other. You see, the delegates had been meeting for 100 days inside a hot Philly address that had gotten even more heated as delegates tried to put into words what it meant, this idea of America – a government in which the people would, well, self govern. Never been done before and nobody much understood if it could be done, period. So, Ben Franklin’s response was more ccd magic.

“A republic, madam – if you can keep it.”

Want more freedom, friend. Take more responsibility. I’m not sure that means taking a knee, but I’m quite certain it requires you and I to take a stand. Turns out you and I are all we got when it comes to keeping this crazy republic the land of the free and home of the brave. Good…

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2 responses to “If you can keep it…

  1. I’m reading Eric’s book as we speak, Chet. Sobering and deeply engrossing. Yesterday (September 22nd), as I read again the story of young Nathan Hale, I felt time and space and history fuse to the present moment when Metaxas’ words pierced me: Hale was hanged on September 22, 1776–exactly 240 years to the day. As you might say, “Funny, huh?” If Metaxas has a single thesis, it is that we today have forgotten that we are the torch-bearers of Liberty, and learning our heroes’ stories again for the first time is one way to wake up. Let me tell you, I thought I was wide awake before I read that. It’s a different kind of awake afterwards.

  2. Good stuff, Sully. Metaxas knows how to recall great stories and wake us all up if we’re letting it in. Be good. Do good. Good…

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