Benjamin Franklin – September 17, 1787

Experience the American dream with today’s Patriot of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.

It’s September 17, 1787. I’m in Philadelphia standing outside Independence Hall. Our Founding Fathers have just signed America’s rulebook, the Constitution. Here comes Benjamin Franklin.

JG: “Mr. Franklin, sir, what kind of government has been formed?”

BF: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Keep it, we have. But to preserve the Republic under God and the American dream of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, we must all do our part.

Read more about Benjamin Franklin and our Constitutional Republic.

John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.

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