A Word On Behalf of Our Republic

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It took 55 ordinary, or maybe extraordinary men, to draft a document at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to conceive and forge our great nation. And it is taking just one man in 2017 – a rather simple-minded, ill-spoken and illiterate man in the ways of world affairs and human character -- to conceive the obliteration and destruction of the very foundation of a nation founded on truth, liberty, justice and honor

A WORD ON BEHALF OF OUR REPUBLIC

By Al Garcia

It took 55 ordinary, or maybe extraordinary men, to draft a document at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to conceive and forge our great nation.  And it is taking just one man in 2017 – a rather simple-minded, ill-spoken and illiterate man in the ways of world affairs and human character -- to conceive the obliteration and destruction of the very foundation of a nation founded on truth, liberty, justice and honor.  Our new national was perceived on principles of separation of powers, checks and balances and federalism, the concept that the federal government should set national policy, with the state and local governments carrying out those policies. 

In the summer of 1787 Benjamin Franklin walked out of the Constitutional Convention where he was confronted by a friend of George Washington, Elizabeth Powell, who asked Ben Franklin, “Well, doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin responded, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.”

In the almost 245 years since the formation of our nation, generation after generation has fought and struggled defiantly, jealously and without hesitation to protect and defend the freedoms and promises written on parchment on that hot summer day in Philadelphia. 

Our Forefathers foresaw the possibility and dangers of a tyrannical government (or “governor”) so they devised a system wherein each branch of government would be used to check the powers of the other two branches.  Unfortunately, they never foresaw weak men and women in Congress or in the Justice Department placing their personal and political interests ahead of the national interest, unwilling to be the nation’s safety net.  And so today, Ben Franklin’s warning to Ms. Powell on that hot summer day 230 years ago, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it,” rings loud and ominous. 

Our nation’s history is made up of men and women who sacrificed, bled and even died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.  Our nation’s history proudly displays the courage and selflessness of the men and women who serve in such agencies as the FBI, the CIA, and other agencies and institutions tasked with ensuring the safety and protection of this country and its citizens.  Yet, today, these institutions and these men and women are being publicly and tragically demeaned and their institutions dishonored and debased at every opportunity, as the guarantors of our nation’s legacy – the men and women in our Congress and our Justice Department -- sit in their throne-like high-backed chairs seemingly oblivious to the attacks on our nation’s foundation from within the walls of the very government they are sworn to protect and defend.  Has allegiance to a man and his party replaced their allegiance to our nation?  If the answer is “yes” or “possibly,” then how can we keep our Republic?

Our nation will continue down this downward spiral both at home and throughout the world until We the People and our Representatives in Congress and in the Justice Department begin to realize the threat we are facing from within and begin to take steps to right the sinking ship of state. 

I am fearful of our fate every time I watch and hear Congressmen on the Judiciary Committee decry, criticize and denounce their own efforts to find the truth.  What lies beneath the deceit and even duplicity that has already surfaced?  Will our nation endure another attempt to influence our very national survival?  As a nation we have always questioned painful and even harmful situations and actions that confront us, and we have found answers and solutions.  That is who we are as Americans.  What makes this episode in our current national debate so different?  Why are so many from within our government and individuals and organizations without trying to stop us from finding answers?  Are we strong enough to keep our Republic?  Are we still the strong and the brave?  Are we still the guarantors of our forefather’s dreams for this nation?  We are already in the process of dropping the torch of freedom for the world that we have carried high and proudly for generations.  Are we also now in the process of releasing our hold on that piece of parchment signed by 55 men that forged the greatest nation on earth? 

We must as a nation step up to the challenges before us today, just as we have stood up and confronted every challenge in the past.  We cannot let this episode in our history dictate the demise of a concept and spirit that changed the world – the American experiment.  We are strong, we are brave and we deserve the truth, whatever that may be.  Our Congressmen should cease and desist their efforts to quash all efforts to get to that truth.  For it is America’s path and a guidepost of hope and inspiration for millions of people throughout the world. 

On behalf of maintaining our Republic, let’s answer Ben Franklin’s question resoundingly and strongly.  “Yes, we can and will keep our Republic!”  And eventually we will once again hold freedom’s torch high and we will hold that old yellowed parchment containing words of wisdom and truth securely in our grasp. 


Submitted: May 24, 2021

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