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Jules Witcover

Witcover: A republic, if we can keep it

Witcover: A republic, if we can keep it

In 1787, when Benjamin Franklin was famously asked what had been created at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia, his reply — “a republic, if you can keep it” — was a prophesy never more appropriate than it is today.

Keeping our republican form of government — of, by and for the people — has not been more challenged in peacetime than it is now under the corrupt and dictatorial regime of Donald Trump.

The dilemma is defined in his broad and brazen confrontation with prime tenets of the Constitution drawn by the Founding Fathers. Among them is the separation of co-equal powers among our three governing branches: the executive, legislative and judicial.

This president has...