By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National Sentinel) Constitution: Founding father Benjamin Franklin is said to have been asked by a woman upon leaving the Constitution Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 what kind of government he and the others created — a republic or a monarchy.

“A republic, if you can keep it,” Dr. Franklin is said to have replied.

A new poll from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that Franklin was, sadly, prophetic.

According to the survey, four in 10 Americans can’t name a single right contained in the Constitution’s First Amendment — which, in the interest of education, reads:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

It is our most basic of rights — the right to be who we want to be, say what we want to say, and hold our government accountable through peaceful demonstration and protest.

And nearly half of Americans don’t know that or, at a minimum, can’t list the amendment that gives them such political power.

More: The survey also found that 33 percent of those polled were unable to name one of the three branches of the U.S. government, such as legislative, executive and judicial. And only 26 percent of the respondents could name all three branches.

That’s pathetic.

“Protecting the rights guaranteed by the Constitution presupposes that we know what they are. The fact that many don’t is worrisome,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. “These results emphasize the need for high-quality civics education in the schools and for press reporting that underscores the existence of constitutional protections.”

She’s right. Lack of constitutional education is the fault of the U.S. primary education system, which is run by a bunch of Left-wing Marxist types whose leaders, long ago, figured out the best way to subdue Americans and hold political sway over them is to keep them dumbed down — about their history, their roots, their liberties, and their rugged individualism. You tend to rely more on “the state” when you’re taught that “the state” holds all power over you, instead of it being the other way around.

What these Leftist “progressives” fail to understand is once “the state” holds all power, that will include having all power over them, as well. No more freedom, period – for anybody. So yeah, we’ll all have to accept the climate change lie, but no one gets to live where they want, work where they want, and do what they want. All that will be “planned.”

“A republic, if you can keep it,” said Dr. Franklin.

Two hundred thirty years is a short period of time in the history of nations, but it appears that’s all the time it took for Americans to piss away the incredible gift of liberty and self-government our founders passed along to us.

Left-wing progressivism, which used to dwell within the American communist movement, today has found a home in the Democratic Party.

The Democratic Party is the party of authoritarianism, anti-Americanism, and tyranny — all of the things Dr. Franklin warned about when he spoke those prophetic, sage words.

The Democratic Party controls the education establishment.

The education establishment is projecting Left-wing Marxism onto our children. Marxism is not conducive to freedom.

The progressive plan is working as designed, evidenced by the University of Pennsylvania poll.

We have a choice as a nation: Take back our local school boards, get rid of the Marxist educators, and demand our kids are thoroughly taught the Constitution — or lose this republic.

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