Monday, October 2, 2017

A Republic, If . . .

All Ben Franklin images, look like someone stole his parking space. A Republic, If and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. Marchmatron.com
Probably also his look when reading every damn Trump tweet.
We are all born ignorant but one must work hard to remain stupid. - Benjamin Franklin 

Mr. Franklin, in addition to inventing like, almost everything . . .

To the Genius of Franklin by Marguerite Gerard (1779) after Jean-Honore Fragonard. Courtesy Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Photo by R.J. Phil. A Republic, If Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com
To the Genius of Franklin by Marguerite Gerard (1779) 

After inventing the lightning rod, some conservative religious groups demanded that they not be used because . . . 

wait for it . . . 
Lightning striking the Eiffel Tower, June 3, 1902. A Republic, If and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com
Lightning striking the Eiffel Tower, June 3, 1902

God had the divine right to lightning-bolt-smite anything or anyone.  


Franklin, naturally, had a response. 
Surely the thunder of heaven is no more supernatural than the rain, hail or sunshine of heaven, against the inconveniences of which we guard by roofs and shades without scruple. - Benjamin Franklin 

and being a literary genius and a wit extraordinaire . . .


benjamin franklin, john adams, thomas jefferson, drafting the declaration of independence. A Republic, If and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com

Franklin loved pranks and satire and the Founding Fathers were concerned he would insert jokes in the document. 


and a promotor of flatulence and nudity and socialized medicine . . .

Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin in Sleepy Hollow. A Republic if and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. Marchmatron.com
Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin in Sleepy Hollow. 


and an admirer of the rattlesnake and the turkey  . . .  

Benjamin Franklin cartoon Join or Die. 1754 Newspaper. A Republic if and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. Marchmatron.com
Benjamin Franklin cartoon Join or Die from 1754 

[A rattlesnake] never begins an attack, nor, once engaged, ever surrenders. - Benjamin Franklin
Thanksgiving Postcard Our Two National Birds The American Eagle and the Thanksgiving Turkey. A Republic if and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. Marchmatron.com

For in Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America. 
He is besides, tho’ a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on. - Benjamin Franklin


but not so much of the Bald Eagle . . .  

Bald Eagle is not pleased pleased, being dissed by Ben Franklin.  A Bird of bad moral Character. A Republic, If and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com

Bald Eagle is not pleased pleased, being dissed by Ben Franklin. he does not get his Living honestly. He does not get his Living honestly.  A Republic, If and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com

Bald Eagle is not pleased pleased, being dissed by Ben Franklin. A Republic, If and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com

Franklin became, at age 70, a French fashion icon and sex symbol.

Benjamin Franklin's Reception at the Court of France 1778. Seeking military assistance for the Revolutionary war. A Republic, If Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com

Franklin, one of the most cosmopolitan of the Founding Fathers, strategically arrived in France dressed as an adventurer and backwoodsman.  
Jefferson, who was already in France attempting to arrange for military assistance, was handsome, sophisticated, and well-coiffed. 
Franklin, reportedly without his younger friend's knowledge, played off the differences in appearance and endeared the French to ideas of vast romantic wilderness and rugged individualism.
Portrait of Benjamin Franklin dressed as a backwoodsman in a fur hat. Popularized in France, his image was everywhere. A Republic If and other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. marchmatron.com

The French purchased accessories and decor with Franklin's portrait and women wore oversized wigs stylized to look like Franklin's fur cap in a style called “coiffure a la Franklin.” 
Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. Benjamin Franklin Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin in Sleepy Hollow. A Republic if and Other stories of Past Leaders Responding to Now. Marchmatron.com

A republic, IF you can keep it. - Benjamin Franklin

Franklin's answer when asked if the newly formed US government was a republic or a monarchy.
Tea party supporter William Temple at the airpor. Image ironically used to express concern over the Trump destruction of democracy.
I'm thinking, while our republic is on the precipice of becoming a kleptocracy, it would be great if Franklin could dust off the fur cap and head over to Paris again. 
We could use some help. 

#Freedom #BenjaminFranklin #FoundingFathers #Trump

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