||The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order 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?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
I believe that he was referring to the fact that there will always be people who want power and the the ability to control other people. The framers of our constitution were smart enough to know that. They built a system of checks and balances to make it very hard to destroy the system of government they created. After all, it was the first time in history that man ruled himself rather than kings, queens, emperors, sultans, etc. Other than conquest, there really is only one way to destroy our constitution: control the educational system.