Citizens of all nations must strive to keep the republic

Ideals of a republic are under assault, threatened by authoritarian impulses.

In Summary
  • Trump reminds us that despotic and authoritarian impulses are not uniquely African or North Korean or Chinese or Russian traits.
  • Liberty, democratic rights and constitutional order are not inviolable or irreversible conditions.

As he walked out of what is today known as the Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked if the framers had created a monarchy or a republic. “A republic” he replied and ...

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