Under Trump, a presidency declines: Has US voted for republic or monarchy?

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As the US constitution was being drafted in utmost secrecy in 1787, an anxious citizen asked Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers, "Well, doctor, what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?" Without the slightest hesitation, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

Franklin's words seem eerily prescient, if one considers that the Latin words from which the word "republic" is derived — res publica — means a form of government where the country is considered a public matter, not the private concern or property of the rulers.document.write(""); googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineOutOfPageSlot('/6516239/outofpage_1x1_desktop', 'div-gpt-ad-1490771277198-0').addService(googletag.pubads()); googletag.pubads().enableSingleRequest(); googletag.pubads().enableSyncRendering(); googletag.enableServices(); });

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