The unpardonable

The unpardonable

There is one thing that is unforgivable about our reaction to Russia’s attack on our democracy through its computer hacking and social media manipulation during our 2016 elections: We do not have a high-emergency, exhaustive, all hands-on-deck, “all-tools-of government” national and state response in full force beyond a feeble “name and shame” slap on the wrist to make sure it never happens again. Now is the time to recall the answer Benjamin franklin gave to the famous question posed to him by a friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Powel of Philadelphia:

“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have answered without the slightest hesitation: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Tim Mannello

Williamsport

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