As Ben Franklin was leaving Independence Hall in September of 1787, the work of the Constitutional Convention having just been completed, he was stopped by a woman and asked, “Mr. Franklin, what have you wrought?”
“A Republic, madam,” was his reply, “if you can keep it.”
By a Republic Franklin meant a Representative Democracy, a Government Dependent Upon The People Alone.
Today, many of us intuitively understand that we have lost that Republic. We are no longer a Representative Democracy. Our government makes decisions that are made based on the ideas and desires of the economic elite and not a majority of Americans. This belief has been confirmed by a recent academic study by Martin Gilens, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, and Benjamin I. Page, the Gordon S. Fulcher Professor of Decision Making at Northwestern University.