In Plain English – ‘If You Can Keep It’

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Don’tcha hate it when something important is coming up and you don’t realize it until it’s firmly ensconced in your rear view mirror?

Was your birthday yesterday? That appointment was when? What anniversary? (Dudes, good luck with the testosterone defense on that last one.)

So I’m giving you a heads up on tomorrow now. Cuz it’s important. Ready? Good. Here it is: Thursday, September 17, is Constitution Day.

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. On September 17, 1787, convention delegates met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall, waiting to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin:

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”

You know the answer.

Quick refresher for DemoLibs: In plain English, “what was produced” means Americans are not governed by a monarch or a ruling class, some two-bit tin horn dictator or a foreign potentate. Quicker, quick refresher: King George III doesn’t live here (or at least he didn’t used to).

Lest we forget, the first three words of this majestic document are: We The People. Not They, the rulers. Them, the elite. They, the Beltway Bandits. But We The People.

So if you’re looking for something to crow about tomorrow, how ’bout Constitution Day? You don’t even need to dig up your own copy. I made it easy. You can read the entire text of the Constitution on-line here.

And oh, look! Here are the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments, for all you liberal trolls). Here are the Founding Fathers (that’s Founding Fathers for you libs).

So no excuses. Especially if it’s been awhile. Even though The Man Who Would Be King thinks he’s um… a royal monarch, you oughtta know better. It’s all in black and white.

One other thing. Do you remember Franklin’s response to Mrs. Powel? He said:

“A republic, if you can keep it.”

And there’s the rub.

If you aren’t registered to vote, NOW would be good. “People” means you.



2 thoughts on “In Plain English – ‘If You Can Keep It’

  1. Eowyn, I agree it does require us the people, more accurately, it requires, as the line says,”YOU”, the one staring back at you in the mirror in the morning. “If you can keep it” does require more than just registering to vote though, it requires us to become informed voters. Voting for the sake of voting will give us slick talking sound bites presidents, that you “feel” good about having a beer with, or maybe some arugula, if you are of that bent.
    I am beginning to believe that the test the the Democrats were using to keep blacks from voting in the south, might be a good idea to re-institute for every single voter, a civics test of sorts, every two years, when you register to vote, if you can pass it, you get to vote this time, if not you will have to wait until the next vote and try again. It would be most important to have before the primaries, so if you miss too many questions on the test, you will not be determining who the candidates will be for the general election. Sample questions;
    How many Supreme Court Justices are there on the court today?
    Where do our rights come from?
    Who is the Vice President?
    How many rights are covered in the first amendment and name all you can?
    How old are you?…
    Stuff like that.
    Uninformed voters may be a bigger problem than voter apathy. If we continue down this student body Class President type of elections, where how they look or how they sound is more important than their principles and values, well than we are toast because we will keep up the policy of appeasement with those that want us dead. And sooner or later they will get that job done.


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