There is this book I’ve found. It’s not a new book, it’s quite old, written in 1880 and it made me think about the framers of our constitution. They seemed to be so knowledgeable. What books did they study? Are they still there to be referenced? Benjamin Franklin’s answer to woman’s question: “What kind of a government do we have now, Mr. Franklin, a democracy or a republic?” was somewhat helpful. He answered, “You have a republic madam if you can keep it.” If you can keep it, if you can keep it, rings in my skull. His answer demonstrated a certain acquired knowledge about things like republics and perhaps their weaknesses. As I opened my PDF of a historical observation about republics this first struck me.
‘ There is the moral of all human tales,
‘Tis but the same rehearsal of the past.
First freedom, and then glory ; when that fails.
Wealth, vice, corruption, — barbarism at last ;
And History, with all her volumes vast.
Hath but one page.”
If you can keep it, madam, if you can keep it.