One of our nation’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was an avid proponent for Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press. After being forbidden from writing for his brother’s newspaper when he was 16, he began writing letters under the pseudonym “Silence Dogood.” In these letters, Franklin routinely defended free speech by criticizing British censorship of the Colonists’ speech, even when the paper’s editor was jailed for lambasting the governor. In 1728, at the early age of 22, Ben Franklin founded the Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin saw the press as a device to inform the public and went on to establish an inter-colonial network of newspapers. His dedication to Freedom of the Press came from his belief that the press had a public-service duty to inform and instruct society.

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.”

“Republic”

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.

Cincinnati Republic

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.

Mission Statement

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.

 


The Team

 

Brad Johnson
Editor-in-Chief/Co-Founder
Brad graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science. He has worked on numerous campaigns throughout his life. Brad is an avid proponent of limited government and the separation of powers. He also enjoys watching the Detroit Tigers in his free time.
Cameron Uptmor
Managing Editor/Publisher/Co-Founder
Cameron is a fifth year Marketing & Psychology student at the University of Cincinnati. He is the former VP of UC College Republicans and former President of the UC Mountaineering Club. Cameron enjoys cold brew coffee, photography, the great outdoors, and capitalism.
Cody Rizzuto
Associate Editor
Cody Rizzuto serves as Vice President of Fountain Square Group, which is a political consulting firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cody graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Political Science. He served as President of the College Republicans and served as Vice Chairman of the Ohio College Republican Federation. In addition to his experience in politics, Cody has a deep interest in American History, the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees.
Mike Arnold
Digital Content Manager
Mike is a 5th year engineering student at the University of Cincinnati. He has worked across the country developing websites and branding strategies. Mike is also a committed member of Republican organizations in DC and Cincinnati.
Andrew Woodworth
Social Media Editor
Andrew is currently a 4th year student at the University of Cincinnati with a focus in Operations and Information Systems. He is driven to pursue and present the truth at all costs, and believes the voices of young people in America will be heard through this publication's platform.
Logan Kolas
Associate Editor
Logan is finishing his undergraduate program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has been heavily involved with politics for many years, including three political work – or internship – experiences along with rigorous political and economic study. Although he was raised by two loving registered Democrats in Cincinnati, Logan is a staunch conservative and an active Republican. His preferred areas of study center around public policy and are as follows: healthcare, entitlement, budget, tax, and transportation.
Mollie Finnegan
Author
Mollie is a senior Communications major at the University of Cincinnati. She has always had a passion for politics, witty comments, and National Geographic documentaries.
Kennedy Copeland
Author
Kennedy Copeland is a Xavier University student studying Political Science, Public Relations, Political Science, and Arabic. She was the Xavier College Republican president for three years but now she spends her days working full time for a political non-profit, Twitter-battling political foes, and eating takeout Chinese food. She's passionate about higher education reform, her Glock 43, and crocodiles. If she's not writing for the Cincinnati Republic, you can find her in the White House measuring for drapes.
Thomas Zimmerman
Author
Thomas Zimmerman is a third year business student at the University of Cincinnati. Passionate about liberty, Thomas has spent his time at UC helping to grow the Young Americans for Liberty chapter, as well as raising awareness of Liberty minded candidates such as Thomas Massie, Rand Paul, and Gary Johnson. When he isn’t fighting for liberty, Thomas enjoys working at a local shooting range, cooking (poorly), and learning about the men and women who created the great country we live in.
Zach Skerl
Author
Zach is a senior at the University of Cincinnati studying finance and sales. He is the current Vice President of the UC College Republicans and served as the Chairman of UC Youth for Trump during the 2016 election cycle. Zach is a gun rights advocate who can usually be found in the woods during hunting season.
Charles Heintel
Author
Charley is a 2nd year student at the University of Cincinnati studying accounting and finance. He grew up in Cleveland where he had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2016 Republican National Convention. He competes with the UC Model United Nations Team and serves as treasurer for the UC chapter of Young Americans for Liberty.
Erin Pierce
Author
Erin is an MSIT student at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Journalism/Digital Media and has taken up freelancing and part-time roles since then, including roles with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Uber Chic Media, Soapbox Media Cincinnati, West Chester-Liberty Lifestyle, and more. She is committed to the conservative/Republican ideals that many people fail to upkeep.
Constantine Politis
Author
Con graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he majored in Political Science, Minored in History, and earned a concentration in the Lugar Program for Public Policy. At Denison, he was the founder and Co-President of the Denison College Republicans. He currently works on the Hill in the Florida Congressional Delegation where he focuses on Foreign Affairs and Energy and Commerce issues. He enjoys Constitutional questions and European history, and hopes to see the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in his lifetime.
Kevin Fairchild
Author
Kevin is a freshman studying History at the University of Cincinnati, and a member of the UC College Republicans. His character is defined by a deep love of God and country. When he is not being political, Kevin is probably watching baseball.