It Didn’t Sound Like Franklin

It often happens to me that I read a statement attributed to Franklin and get a vague sense that “it doesn’t sound like Franklin.” In one recent case, it became clear why a particular statement didn’t sound like Franklin, and I’d like to share it. This morning, The Hill published this statement: “A system where …

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Birthday Celebration 2021

The 2021 Benjamin Franklin Birthday Celebration on January 15 included fascinating and timely talks on the theme: The Disintegration of Trust: Restoring Confidence in American Institutions. The 2-hour event is now available to  watch free on the 2021 Celebration website.  Time stamps throughout the recording allows viewers to watch individual speakers: Kathleen Hall Jamieson – “The …

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BIF: Adam Schiff

How nice to be suddenly Bumping Into Franklin by seeing the Walter Isaacson biography of Franklin on Adam Schiff’s bookshelf last night. I can’t see if there is a bookmark on page 454, where Isaacson says of Franklin at the Constitutional Convention: “…he argued that Congress should have the power to impeach the president.” –MCM …

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