Letter: Some bad news for Benjamin Franklin

Published: 8/7/2020 12:01:31 PM
Modified: 8/7/2020 12:01:21 PM

An open letter to Dr. Benjamin Franklin at his current celestial address: Dr. Franklin, Sir, it is with profound sorrow that I respond to your famous quotation regarding the new republic under a constitution that you, Madison, John and Abigail Adams, Jefferson, Washington, and others created.

When asked, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” you stated, “A republic, if you can keep it.” I regret to inform you, Dr. Franklin, that we have not been able to do so.

Over these past 244 years our republic and Constitution have managed to survive dangerous foreign and domestic challenges. However, like the Roman Expire we are struggling with internal forces that are capable of bringing a disgraceful fall. Oh, we continue to elect our government’s representatives, but that process is under serious pressure by our current president and administration. And, yes, your three branches of the federal government can still be seen, but your ingenious system of checks and balances has failed. Rather than checking and balancing each other, under the current administration, the legislative and judicial branches are aiding and abetting a most unusual executive.

As mentioned, even our electoral process is under attack by our president as he accepts and appeals for interference by foreign governments. This is sad, and there is so much more. Dr. Franklin, please do not think that the citizens of the United States are in despair. The test of our resolve will come on the constitutionally designated date for our national election, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November . . . if we can keep it. I remain ever grateful to you, Sir.

CHARLIE STEPANEK

Concord


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