Thursday, July 05, 2012

Ben Franklin

was a pretty upbeat guy. But his words at the Constitutional convention resonate with the story of his reply to the woman.
In these sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, — if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.
Speech to the Constitutional Convention (1787-06-28)

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