If You Can Keep It

Words Worth Thinking About

That is the question.

Can we keep it?

NOTE: The source of the quote "A republic, if you can keep it" is somewhat anecdotal, and there is no direct contemporaneous documentation of Benjamin Franklin saying this exact phrase. The account of this quote comes from notes taken by Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates at the Constitutional Convention. These notes were later published, and they included this anecdote about Benjamin Franklin.