Who said you have a Republic if you can keep it?
Moreover, do we have a monarchy or a republic?
“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” “A Republic, if you can keep it.” ATTRIBUTION: The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation—in the notes of Dr.
Secondly, what did the founders mean by Republic? Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson defined a republic as: John Adams in 1787 defined it as "a government, in which all men, rich and poor, magistrates and subjects, officers and people, masters and servants, the first citizen and the last, are equally subject to the laws."
Beside above, what kind of government did you give us?
They asked Benjamin Franklin, 'What do we have, a republic or a monarchy? ' Franklin replied, 'A republic, if you can keep it.
Does the Constitution say we are a republic?
The term republic does not appear in the Declaration of Independence, but does appear in Article IV of the Constitution which "guarantee[s] to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government."