posted on 08 November 2016
Written by Frank Li
They created a republic by heavily copying the Roman Republic of more than 2,000 years ago!
1. "A republic, if you can keep it"
According to American legend, at the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a woman stopped Benjamin Franklin as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation, inquiring whether we had a republic or a monarchy. Below was said to be Franklin's reply.
2. Why a republic?
Our Founding Fathers surely had examined all the major options available at that time, especially the following two:
They asked George Washington to be King, but he declined. So the only option left was a republic.
3. What a republic?
A republic is not a monarchy. Other than that, a republic may have many forms.
3.1 Why not a democracy?
Democracy was perhaps never seriously considered as an option for one simple reason: Not only was it a proven failure way before 1776, but most, if not all, of our Founding Fathers did not believe in it. Three examples:
Bottom line: the word "democracy" never appears in the U.S. Constitution!
3.2 Anything but a democracy!
With democracy out (perhaps never in contention), our Founding Fathers debated about many other forms. Three examples:
Jefferson won the debate! As a result, America was built as a representative republic!
Now, was it an American invention? No, not at all!
4. Copying the Roman Republic
America, at its birth, resembled the Roman Republic in five major aspects, at least, as follows:
America was built as a representative republic, by heavily copying the Roman Republic of more than 2,000 years ago, specifically precluding democracy!
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