Originalism and Benjamin Franklin
posted by Gerard Magliocca
During the conference, I had the following (somewhat whimsical) thought. After the Constitutional Convention, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin what the delegates had given her and other Americans. ”A Republic, madam, if you can keep it,” was his reply. (Real or apocryphal). I wonder if that comment should be read as supportive of or contrary to originalism. Think about it.