American Had Been Handed the Mantle of Liberty, Now What? Posted in: Opinions Upon stepping out of the Constitutional Convention in 1776, a woman approached Benjamin Franklin and breathlessly asked what kind of government the Framer’s had decided to bestow upon our new country, to which Dr Franklin answered, “A Republic, Madam….if you can keep it.” Why was he concerned there might be ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!