“A republic, if you can keep it,” said Ben Franklin when asked what kind of government the Founders had in mind. We didn’t keep it, though: their successors have turned it into an empire. The Founders also gave us a Constitution – and their successors have turned it into a meaningless piece of parchment.

Our foreign policy of perpetual war has confirmed the Founders’ worst fears: we are losing our liberties to an all-powerful government that spies on its own citizens and wreaks havoc across the globe. This isn’t what Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson envisioned, and you can be sure of one thing: they’re rolling over in their graves.

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