Advice for Our Elected in Washington from Benjamin Franklin

This quotation is from a speech by Benjamin Franklin, the great American statesman & philosopher. He reminds us what the goal of government should be and the danger that faces all of us if that goal is forgotten or ignored!

“In these sentiments, 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”.

Speech to the Constitutional Convention (June 28, 1787)

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