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"We have given you a republic, if you can keep it."

Benjamin Franklin was supposed to have used those words in describing the new government of the fledgling United States.  Soldiers, tradesmen, farmers--ordinary men and women throughout the former colonies--had endured eight years of hardship to win their independence.  Congress struggled another six years to draft and ratify our constitution.

 

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Our founders were truly remarkable, and gave us the government we have today, over 230 years after having fired "the shot heard 'round the world."  Why has our constitution endured when hundreds of others have come and gone throughout the world in the same time frame?  First, some tremendous minds were involved in the creation of our constitution and bill of rights.  But, perhaps more importantly, we, the people of the United States, have guarded our constitutional rights jealously.  The only guarantee of our rights tomorrow is vigilance today.

 

The founders believed that an educated citizenry was critical to the success of the republic.  If a citizen doesn't know what her rights are, why they are spelled out, and what has been sacrificed to retain them, then they may be lost.  Our website is dedicated to our republic's youth, that they may know and understand what they enjoy today through the thought and sacrifice of those who came before.