In honor of Benjamin Franklin’s birthday (today!), I’m sharing this Liberty for Safety Coloring Page. It showcases one of Franklin’s quotes that is as timely today as ever:
Americans would do well to remember that trading essential liberties for temporary safety has never been a smart deal. And it’s even less of a bargain when the alleged safety is more smoke and mirrors than guaranteed protection from harm.
Would that we knew our history and would heed the warning signs! But this may be a case of never fully appreciating what we’ve got until we’ve lost it. Here again, Franklin’s words seem prescient. When he was asked upon exiting the Constitutional Convention what kind of government the delegates had established, he answered dryly, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
Time will tell whether we’re able to keep it or not.
More American Heritage Printables
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Packed with inspiring thoughts from our founding fathers and other great Americans, this journal will inspire you to think deeply about what it means to be a citizen of this great country. What is our responsibility to the rest of the world? How do we ensure the guiding principles on which our nation was established are never forgotten? Consider how you feel about these matters and use the space provided to write down your thoughts.
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