|Howard Chandler Christy's Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States|
On the day of the convention, Mrs Powel asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Benjamin Franklin answered, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Benjamin Franklin also said:
“We have been assured, sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel; we shall be divided by our little partial, local interests, our projects will be confounded and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. And, what is worse, mankind may hereafter, from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing government by human wisdom and leave it to chance, war, or conquest.”Emphasis added by me.
"..without His concurring aid...we shall be divided by our little partial, local interests..."
226 years on it with a few additions. Do we still have His concurring aid?
Let me conclude by exercising my first amendment right while I still can and say,
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safegaurd against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Now, I'm off to work. Later, I will burn some flags with my sons.