“The United States is THE WORLD’S BEST HOPE … Beware…for if we stumble & fall, freedom & civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.”

-U.S. Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge, 1919 “Done…the SEVENTEENTH DAY of SEPTEMBER, in the year of our LORD one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven.” This is the last line of the U.S. Constitution.

Signer of the Constitution James McHenry noted in a diary entry (published in the American Historical Review, 1906), that after Ben Franklin left the Constitutional Convention, he was asked by Mrs. Elizabeth Powel of Philadelphia:

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

Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defined “REPUBLIC“: “exercise of the SOVEREIGN POWER is lodged in representatives elected by THE PEOPLE.”

In other words, a REPUBLIC is where THE PEOPLE are KING, ruling through their representatives.

The Pledge of Allegiance is to the Flag “and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands.”
When someone dishonor the flag, what they are saying is, they no longer want to be king.

Yale President Ezra Stiles, stated in 1788:

“All the forms of CIVIL POLITY have been tried by mankind, EXCEPT ONE: and that seems to have been reserved in Providence to be realized in America …

Most states of all ages … have been founded in rapacity, usurpation & injustice.”
John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, stated September 8, 1777:

“The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon, and choosing the forms of government under which they should live. All other constitutions have derived their existence from violence or accidental circumstances.”

James Wilson, who signed the Declaration and Constitution and was appointed to the Supreme Court by George Washington, remarked at Pennsylvania’s ratifying convention, November 26, 1787:

“Governments, in general, have been the result of force, of fraud, and accident. After a period of 6,000 years has elapsed since the creation, the United States exhibit to the world the first instance…of a nation…assembling voluntarily… and deciding calmly concerning that system of government under which they would wish that they and their posterity should live.
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