A Republic — If You Can Keep It

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Legend has it a woman asked Benjamin Franklin a question as he exited Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787. “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin supposedly replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

As I’ve expressed before, I keep looking around at what’s happening in this country, both in our government and among our society, and I’m not liking what I see in either place.  I see a nation divided, one in which half the population is increasingly bigoted, intolerant of those who either don’t look, act, or think in the same manner as they do.  I see a nation in which violence is becoming an accepted norm.  I see a situation that is untenable, that must either be resolved by peaceful means, by acceptance and mutual cooperation, else will be resolved by violent means.  With the Big Lie that began even…

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      • It matches the tone mostly lol. In my Law and Democracy class, we just went over the case from England, R v. Dudley and Shepard (1884) where the two men named in the case at their fellow sailor, Brooks, after being marooned on a life boat for 25 days. It was a murder case, and they were convicted. A month later they were cleared.

        Moral of the story…in dire times, we will always do what needs to be done to save ourselves…even if that means eating our fellow shipmate because he was weaker, younger, and didn’t have a family yet.

        🖤 Love and Hugs, dear Sis!

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      • As Hippocrates is credited with saying, “Desperate times call for desperate measures.” And then there was the Donner Party …

        Now how the heck did we get on that topic??? Love and hugs to you, dear Sis!!! ❤


      • 🤣 I call that ‘brain bounce’ and I have a case of it too, though it comes and goes. Some days, I read half a sentence, something triggers another thought, so I go off in search of something, which leads to something else, and then after a while I find myself scratching my head and saying, “How did I get here … and why???” Love and Hugs, dear Sis!!!

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