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Originalism and Benjamin Franklin
Posted By Gerard Magliocca On February 18, 2013 @ 4:55 pm In Constitutional Law,Uncategorized | 6 Comments
I presented my John Bingham biography to the Originalism Works-in-Progress Conference in San Diego on Friday, and I want to thank Mike Rappaport and the other conference organizers for inviting me.
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.
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