War power and our republic

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June 30, 2011
Orange County Register
by Stanley Kober  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary, PND Commentary

"At the conclusion of the convention that wrote the American Constitution, Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government had been created. 'A Republic,' he replied, 'if you can keep it.' Franklin's warning was a recognition of the fragility of governments based on popular sovereignty. Our founders were trying to find a balance: to create a government strong enough to protect the people from foreign attack and to preserve domestic tranquility, while at the same time not being so strong that it would itself become a danger to their liberties and peaceful pursuits." (06/30/11)


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