Did Benjamin Franklin foresee our times?
In the records of the Federal convention of 1787, volume 1, Benjamin Franklin is quoted:
I am apprehensive therefore, perhaps too apprehensive, that the Government of these States, may in future times, end in a Monarchy. But this Catastrophe I think may be long delayed, if in our proposed system we do not sow the seeds of contention, faction and tumult, by making our posts of honor, places of profit. If we do, I fear that, tho’ we do employ at first a number, and not a single person, the number will in time be set aside, it will only nourish the foetus of a King, as the honorable gentleman from Virginia very aptly expressed it, and a King will the sooner be set over us.
He did indeed; he did indeed…