When Benjamin Franklin attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787, he brought those convictions with him. He, along with many other Founders, established within our Constitution that Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press would not be at risk of censorship by the government. After the Convention, Franklin stepped outside of Independence Hall and was the first to be asked about the future of our nation. He was asked a simple question: “What kind of government would our country have?” He responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
A state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
“If you can keep it”
Benjamin Franklin knew that, like all forms of government, a republic could be undone. That the constraints of the constitution could be loosened, strengthening the central government, weakening the states, or leading to mob rule by the people. He knew that it would take work to maintain a republic; to prevent the people from democratizing liberty out of their own grasps.
The Cincinnati Republic exists to bring Franklin’s principles into the modern day. To keep speech free and diverse, where individuals may have beliefs without fear of retaliation from the government — or the people. To preserve the principles of our great republic — the United States of America — against authoritarians and mob rule.
A republic is a form of government where the concerns of the country are considered a matter of the utmost importance to the public. To maintain a republic requires an educated populace dedicated to espousing their beliefs, keeping their leaders in check. At the Cincinnati Republic we are fighting to do our part in preserving our liberties and engaging the people in Cincinnati and the surrounding regions. We are the Cincinnati Republic.