The founders, however, were not trying to create a democracy. Creating a republic was their ideal, and that, in fact, is what they did. When exiting the 1787 Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked what type of government did the members decide on. His famous response was, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” The word ‘democracy’ is nowhere in the Constitution. Article IV, Section 4 states that the United States guarantees to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government.