Constitutional Convention & Ben Franklin
A constitutional convention is now a gathering for the purpose of writing a new constitution or revising an existing constitution. Benjamin Franklin (April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. /5
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On the last day of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin gave a speech to James Wilson to read on the...
I wish Carson, Rubio and Cruz could all be president at the same time. if only Ben Franklin got his way at the constitutional convention 😭
Ben Franklin was an inventor, statesman, diplomat, signer of the Declaration of Independence and delegate to Constitutional Convention.
“What have you given us?” a woman asked Ben Franklin toward the close of the Constitutional Convention. “A…” from
Ben Franklin at the 1787 Constitutional Convention had given us a republic or a monarchy by saying “A republic, if you can keep it.”
common core...coming to schools in your area...examples... 1. According to McGraw Hill, 9-12 AP, “American Democracy Now”) America is a Democracy not a Constitutional Republic. Truth: Mrs. Eliza Powell asked Ben Franklin in 1787, as he left the Constitutional Convention, “What have you given us?” He replied,”A Republic if you can keep it.” From federal to local governments, every decision made by lawmakers must comply with our Constitution. Not so with a democracy. (A lynch mob is a democracy). In a democracy, whatever the majority decides the minority must endure. Our constitution is designed to protect the minority and the individual. There is not a full explanation of the Constitution in this textbook, but a lot of art work saying we are a Democracy. 2. According to Pearson Education 9-12,”What Should Governments Do?” The Purpose of Government is: 1) “Maintain a national defense,” (Truth: yes, that’s in the Constitution,) 2) “Provide public goods and services” (Truth: uh, that ...
I attach below Ben Franklin's speech to the Constitutional Convention (1), and Sergeant Kilrain's monologue to Joshua Chamberlain (2). Neither is anywhere near as well-known or widely-circulated as other documents on the American heritage, but both capture the essence of America in their own particular ways. Anyone hoping to consider the present holiday intellectually may find it beneficial to read and ponder these two gems. Happy Fourth of July everyone! 1. I confess that I do not entirely approve of this Constitution at present, but Sir, I am not sure I shall never approve it: For having lived long, I have experienced many Instances of being oblig’d, by better Information or fuller Consideration, to change Opinions even on important Subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own Judgment and to pay more Respect to the Judgment of others. Most Men indeed as well as most Sects in Religion, think themselves in Poss ...
Where is Ben Franklin when you need him. I wish that he had gotten his way back then. During the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin considered proposing that elected government officials not be paid for their service. Other Founding Fathers, however, decided otherwise.
At a Constitutional Convention in 1787, Ben Franklin urged congress to pray to all mighty God before each session. Franklin was no atheist!
Don Crane 10 hours ago · CONFLICT AT THE CONVENTION IS CALMED Psalm 127:1, “A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it:” The Constitutional Convention opened on May 25, 1787. The stated purpose was to revise the Articles of Confederation. However, it was soon realized by all in attendance that the Articles were too badly flawed to fix. A new Constitution would need to be written, but they soon found that there were deep disagreements in the group. The North and South argued about slavery and tariffs. The large states and small states argued about representation. The disagreements became so strong, that at one point the whole Convention seemed to be sinking into chaos and failure. At this crucial point of the Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin rose to speak. The following is a part of that speech. “The small progress we have made after four or five weeks is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of human understanding. In the begin ...
Granted, God is not mentioned in the Constitution, but He is mentioned in every major document leading up to the final wording of the Constitution. For example, Connecticut is still known as the "Constitution State" because its colonial constitution was used as a model for the United States Constitution. Its first words were: "For as much as it has pleased the almighty God by the wise disposition of His Divine Providence…" Most of the fifty-five Founding Fathers who worked on the Constitution were members of orthodox Christian churches and many were even evangelical Christians. The first official act in the First Continental Congress was to open in Christian prayer, which ended in these words: "...the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Savior. Amen". Sounds Christian to me. Ben Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention, said: "...God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" John Adams stated s ...
If only Ben were here… Ben Franklin, you know him, a member of the Continental Congress, who signed the Declaration of Independence, attended the Constitutional Convention, and was our 1st Postmaster General, who is the great quotable one, such as…. God heals and the doctor takes the fees. Here is another quote worth pondering. "Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
BEN FRANKLIN (along with Jefferson) are often thrown out as weak examples of non-Christian Founding Fathers by the liberal left, however history shows otherwise: Ben Franklin - Constitutional Convention on July 28, 1787. The Convention had not once joined in prayer, and after 5 weeks they were mired in deadlock. On that July day, Mr. Franklin addressed the assembly with these words: "...In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection.- Our prayers, Sir, were heard, & they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending providence in our favor. ...We hav ...
I've been reading a lot about our Founding Fathers lately - you know, those guys who created the vision for this one time great country. The history of what they believed is amazing, it's as if they looked well into the future and had the perfect plan for a new country, a free country, a country founded on many vital values. It's a shame that we have chipped away at the things they held most important. Anyway, this quote below was delivered at the Constitutional Convention on June 28th, 1787 by Ben Franklin. "I therefore beg leave to move" means "here's a motion for y'all, let's do this". "I therefore beg leave to move, That henceforth Prayers, imploring the Assistance of Heaven and its Blessing on our Deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to Business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that Service."
The number 1 most famous librarian is... Ben Franklin: Ben Franklin didn’t sit behind a circulation desk and help college kids find research materials, but he is still a legitimate librarian. In 1731, Franklin and his philosophy group Junto organized the “Articles of Agreement,” which set up the nation’s first library. Their library, called The Library Company, was first meant to benefit only the members of Junto, so that they could share books on the issues they discussed during meetings. It was organized as a subscription library, and members of Junto payed a small fee to retrieve books. Franklin was actually the second librarian, and the Company grew to include more books than most university libraries at the time, plus artifacts like coins and fossils. Over time, The Library Company granted access to members of the Second Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention and others.
Remember, the story about Ben Franklin being asked by the lady following the Constitutional Convention, "Sir, what have you given us?", "A Republic ma'am, if you can keep it." he replied.
After 1787 Constitutional Convention, Ben Franklin was asked: 'What have we, a republic or a monarchy?' 'A republic, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT.'
actually it was built as a republic. Ben Franklin walked out of the constitutional convention and was asked, "what did you
An excerpt from Steve Cook's interpretation of what Ben Franklin's seminal address to the Constitutional Convention might have looked and sounded like.
Today's Constitution Day question comes from Lenita Newby of Prospect Valley School: "We know it took four months, but how did they do the writing? Did they work all together or in small groups?" Great question Lenita! In 1787, the Continental Congress decided a convention of delegates should convene to revise our previous governing document, the Articles of Confederation. The original 13 states, except Rhode Island, appointed a total of 70 people to attend the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and 39 of them signed the document. These individuals are referred to as the Founding Fathers and deserve a great deal of credit for working together both in small groups and as an entire convention to write the Constitution which has lasted so long. It is said the Constitution was born from compromise, because only by compromising could all the disagreements be resolved. Ben Franklin said he was not sure if the plan was perfect, but it was probably as perfect as it could be.
Ben Franklin & the Constitutional Convention at the Havre de Grace Library on September 20 from 7-8pm. Get the details:
An excerpt from Ben Franklin's speech to the Constitutional Convention, Sept. 17, 1787: "...Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults--- if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other."
Asked at the close of Constitutional Convention in 1787 what the Founders had wrought, Ben Franklin said "A Republic,if you can keep it."
Benjamin Franklin was asked after the constitutional convention, ''Mr. Franklin what kind of government did you bequeath us''. Ben Franklin answered, ''We have established a Republic, If you can keep it''.
"When a broad table is to be made, and the edges of planks do not fit, the artist takes a little from both, and makes a good joint. In like manner here, both sides must part with some of their demands." Ben Franklin on necessity of compromise at Constitutional Convention. I wish tje people who govern today understood this as well.
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