I absolutely hate my government but unfortunately, it’s all we have right now.
Extract from Thomas Jefferson to William Stephens Smith
Paris Nov. 13. 1787.
"...what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Benjamin Franklin (170690)
QUOTATION: Well, Doctor, what have we gota Republic or a Monarchy?
A Republic, if you can keep it.
ATTRIBUTION: The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLINat the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation.