but did benjamin franklin actually say that? well even if he didn’t the chester county gop will share it on facebook. they share everything!

Benjamin Franklin. One of my favorite founding fathers and actual patriot. Incredibly bright, and would not survive in the 21st-century in the age of social media because well he had a lot of human failings, didn’t he?

(But I digress, look at all the politicians running this year, after all.)

The thing I always love is when people misquote and misattribute famous people. This is no different.

You see this quotehas been both misquoted and misattributed since January 6, 2021. And the Republican Party of Chester County‘s champion for governor is Doug Mastriano or as I like to call him, Monsteriano. This man is no patriot. Far from it. He took part in the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Yes, he took part in the assault on our Nation’s Capital. Oh and apparently until July 2021, he was registered to vote in New Jersey.

Registered to vote in New Jersey for all those years? While he was a Pennsylvania State Senator? So does that mean Monsteriano has been double dipping and perpetrating election fraud?

Rolling Stone: Doug Mastriano Was Registered to Vote in New Jersey Until … Last Year
BY RYAN BORT
SEPTEMBER 16, 2022 12:39PM EDT

What’s happening in Pennsylvania? Dr. Oz is not their only major candidate from: Doug Mastriano voted in NJ year before running for PA governor |

Monsteriano is voting in New Jersey, running for Governor in PA, being a State Senator from PA, and all the other stuff and this is the guy that the Chester County Republican Party thinks is the second coming of Christ? I would say that’s crazy and you can’t make that stuff up, except this is definitely a case of the truth is stranger than fiction.

But back to Monsteriano and other Trump babies misquoting and misattributing Benjamin Franklin.

I will start with a great article from the Washington Post: https://wapo.st/3Skb2id

Washington Post RETROPOLIS

‘A republic, if you can keep it’: Did Ben Franklin really say Impeachment Day’s favorite quote?

Here’s the history behind the quote.

By Gillian Brockell December 18, 2019 at 6:36 p.m. EST

These are the times that try historians’ souls.

The Founding Fathers had a big day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as members of Congress debated articles of impeachment against President Trump.

George Washington was frequently invoked — of course. Thomas Jefferson got the nod from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.). Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) brought up Abigail Adams. And Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) even referenced a deep cut from George Mason.


But none of the founders had the day Benjamin Franklin had. As the story was told and retold on the House floor, Franklin was walking out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?”

To which Franklin supposedly responded, with a rejoinder at once witty and ominous: “A republic, if you can keep it.”…..So, did Franklin actually say that?

Well, maybe.

Probably.

With some changes.

The quote doesn’t appear in any of Franklin’s writings, nor in the transcripts of the convention debate, nor in any contemporaneous newspaper accounts.

According to quote trackers Bartleby and the Yale Book of Quotations, it first appeared in 1906 in the American Historical Review. But that doesn’t mean it comes from the 20th century; the Review was publishing for the first time the notes of James McHenry, a Maryland delegate to the Constitutional Convention. This is what he wrote: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.”…

. It was a “lady” who asked him, not just “someone.” But the location of the alleged exchange, outside Independence Hall, does not appear here.

Zara Anishanslin, a history professor at the University of Delaware, recently wrote in The Washington Post that even more details are known than that. In fact, in McHenry’s original notes, he included the footnote, “The lady here alluded to was Mrs. Powel of Philad[elphi]a.”

Mrs. Powel is Elizabeth Willing Powel, a prominent society figure and the wife of Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powel. Like Franklin, Powel was known for her wit and knowledge. She often hosted convention delegates and their wives in her home….Though the anecdote didn’t become well-known until the 20th century, it must have gotten at least a modicum of attention in the 19th century…..Franklin’s witticisms often carry an ominous tinge — and were often edited. Another of his famous quotes from that era comes just after Washington had been elected the first president.

“The first man put at the helm will be a good one. Nobody knows what sort may come afterwards,” he said.

But that isn’t the full quote. He continued, “The executive will be always increasing here, as elsewhere, till it ends in a monarchy.”

Oh and one other salient truth about this anecdotal quote is that it probably took place in Mrs. Powell’s home, it definitely didn’t take place on the street outside of Independence Hall during the Constitutional Convention. They make it sound like some wizened crone hobbled up to him and asked him a question.

So we also never, ever want the truth to get in the way of anything with the Republican Committee of Chester County and their social media wonks. I will note however that the post about the drag queen event in West Chester they had up seems to have disappeared? Interesting, yes?

Oh and look what else the Republican Committee of Chester County is posting:

But hey we know that the Chester County Republican Committee isn’t racist, transphobic or homophobic, or everything else phobic right?

What we can say is they post early and often in bad taste and so does the Chester County Coalition of Republican Women. Please see next example:

And I have to share one of their welcome to Stepford comments:

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, we are a country operating without a president according to them. And regardless of their crazed conspiracy theories, to show such blatant disrespect for the newly deceased Queen Elizabeth II is appalling.

And every organization affiliated end/the Republican Committee of Chester County does this crazy stuff. It’s like they have no filter. And that is what’s terrifying about what they have turned the Republican Party into. And they do a disservice for any decent Republican anywhere. They also provide a rare opportunity for Pennsylvania Democrats.

TTFN readers.

“Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.”

~benjamin franklin (an actual quote)

stealing history update

In August, I told you about the precious artifact stolen from a Bryn Mawr home.  It was so egregious to me, I called the post “stealing history”.

Well apparently, at long last, there is an update.  The thieving former cleaning lady has been caught.

This case caught world-wide attention, and even late yesterday was in the news in the UK and Europe.  Of course, as many feared, this greedy ignorant  woman not only stole history but damaged it as well.  Between the Federal and local charges pending against Andrea Lawton, I hope they throw the book at her.

I am still curious to know whether or not she was part of a larger theft ring. Or just one stupid woman acting on her own.

Housekeeper arrested with $3 million Franklin bust

September 24, 2012|By Bonnie L. Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

The owner of a stolen portrait bust of Benjamin Franklin valued at $3 million said Monday that he was relieved that the art treasure had been recovered, but was anxious to know how badly it was damaged by the thief.

George A. D’Angelo said he “stopped breathing” when he was told the porcelain object stolen Aug. 24 from his Bryn Mawr home had been recovered in Elkton, Md., with a cracked breastplate.

The FBI is holding the piece for fingerprints, so he has yet to see it. Once “Ben is back,” D’Angelo said, he will hire a restoration expert.

“I think it can be repaired,” said D’Angelo, 85, a Philadelphia lawyer. “I hope so. It would be ghastly if it can’t.”….

Andrea Lawton, 46, of Philadelphia and Mobile, Ala., was arrested Friday as she got off a bus in Elkton. She was carrying the bust in a gunny sack, D’Angelo said.

Lawton, also known as Andrea Gresham, was charged with theft, fraud, and interstate transportation of stolen property, according to papers filed in federal court in Philadelphia….

The 25-pound, 28-inch-high bust was made in 1778 by Jean-Antoine Houdon while Franklin was visiting Paris. There are only three others like it in existence.

A framed case containing a picture of Victor Herbert, a conductor’s baton, an autograph, and a list of his music – valued at $80,000 – was also gone. D’Angelo said police told him that piece was still missing.

“It’s a bizarre story,” D’Angelo said. “She said she doesn’t know anything about Victor Herbert” and may have disposed of the picture at a secondhand shop without realizing its value.

Police and the FBI traced the address of Lawton, who has four burglary convictions, to Hazelhurst Street in Philadelphia, but when she didn’t return there, the FBI tracked her to Mobile, her hometown.

On Sept. 19, a witness told the FBI that Lawton “still had possession of the bust, and that she intended to transport it outside of Alabama in order to sell it on the black market.”

“It’s like stealing Venus de Milo from the Louvre,” said D’Angelo. “What in heaven’s name would you think she was going to do with it?”

Daily Mail Online: Housekeeper arrested for stealing $3MILLION sculpture of Benjamin Franklin  from millionaire’s home

PUBLISHED:21:38 EST, 24  September 2012| UPDATED:07:40 EST, 25 September 2012

A bungling housekeeper turned thief was  arrested Friday for stealing a precious sculpture of Benjamin  Franklin she managed to break in the heist.

Andrea Lawton, 46, was briefly employed by  Philadelphia attorney George A. D’Angelo, 85, this summer when she first spotted  the 18th century bust when she was told to be careful cleaning around it because  it was ‘extremely valuable.’

She was fired on August 21 before returning  three days later to grab it from Mr D’Angelo’s Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, home and  run off to Elkton, Maryland, with the $3million bust stuffed in a burlap  sack …

Lawton was seen rushing out of the  home on  August 24 by the new cleaning staff, who recognized her getting  into a red  Chevy Taho or SUV.

Police said she entered the home by pushing  in an air-conditioner on the porch while another woman was waiting in the  car.

When she didn’t return to her Philadelphia  home, police tracked her to another address in Mobile, Alabama.

stealing history

On the Main Line they are stealing history now.  Specifically in my former home community of Lower Merion.

Lower Merion seems to have increasing issues with crime.  Maybe that is why insurance premiums often drop when you now leave this municipality?  Read this article and be disgusted.  More commentary below.

Posted: Sun, Aug. 26, 2012, 3:01 AM

Ex-household staffer sought in $3M Bryn Mawr art theft

By Jonathan Lai and Bonnie L. Cook Inquirer Staff Writers

For a brief period this summer, Andrea Lawton worked on the housekeeping staff of their home, according to a Bryn Mawr couple. Now, say Lower Merion police, she is suspected of cleaning them out of a rare bust of Benjamin Franklin said to be worth more than $3 million.

Lawton, 46, of Philadelphia, learned her employers’ routine during her month working at their residence on the 600 block of Black Rock Road, according to homeowner George A. D’Angelo.

Police responded to a call by the household staff, which reported the burglary about 12:30 p.m. Friday, while he and his wife, Brenda, were not home, D’Angelo said. But the porcelain bust and a small, framed portrait were already gone, he said.

The bust is 28 inches tall and weighs 25 pounds, including its brass supporting structure, D’Angelo said. Made by Jean-Antoine Houdon in 1778, while Franklin was visiting Paris, the bust is one of four in existence, he said….The three other busts are at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Louvre in Paris, according to D’Angelo. The Louvre version is made of terra cotta; the two others are marble.

When the marble bust was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was valued at about $3 million, said D’Angelo, who believes the stolen work is worth at least as much.

It is unique, he said, because Franklin’s expression seems to vary from different angles. The work is part of a collection of historical objects his family has collected, D’Angelo said.

Lawton and another woman were seen leaving the house Friday by a staff member, D’Angelo said. But because both had been recent employees there, their presence did not raise suspicion, he said….D’Angelo said he was considering offering a reward as an incentive for the safe recovery of the historic Franklin bust.

“I just hope it’s returned,” he said. “It’s our history – American history.”

I am posting this because this is one of these things that just pisses me off.  The stories of housekeepers and house cleaners or anyone who basically take domestic jobs to rip people off is just the lowest of the low.

There is honor in any job, as long as it is well-done.  That includes being part of someone’s domestic staff.  Domestic staff has unusually close access to people and whether they are gardener, nanny, housekeeper, cook, nursing aide or someone who helps one of the aforementioned, one would think they would do the job with some sort of honor and ethics.  After all they chose to do the job.

But to steal from nice people?  Ugh.  I know all too well what it is like, it happened to my mother shortly after my father passed away.  There was a lady who was helping clean her home, who had been in and out of the homes of many my mother knew.  Your basic cleaning lady.  She had been around long enough to steal my mother’s trust, and then her valuables.  This woman stole most of the jewelry my late father ever gave my mother, silk scarves, underwear with the tags still on it, and oh yes a dog collar because it had a silver tag.  Flash forward a couple of years and another woman my mother knew was also cleaned out.  Nothing was ever recovered.  And face it, when you steal from a widow, it doesn’t get much lower, does it?

Truthfully, the news has too many of these stories.  There was one in May covered by The Times Herald.  Let’s not forget the story of domestic theft from 2009 that had Main Line and West Chester connections, right?

Remember this:Prosecutor: Housekeeper’s story is lying, stealing By Carl Hessler Jr. Wednesday, October 06, 2010

NORRISTOWN — A former East Goshen housekeeper earned the trust of her wealthy Main Line clients and then stole their jewelry and valuable sports memorabilia out from under them, according to prosecutors.

“Kimberley Williams is a story of stealing and of lying,” Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Bradford Richman argued to a jury as Williams’ theft trial got under way Tuesday. “She ingratiated herself … so that these families grew to trust her.”

But Williams, through her lawyer Douglas Breidenbach Jr., implied to the jury that Williams’ estranged husband, a Marple Township police officer, had the opportunity to enter the homes from which the items went missing and had “great motive” to frame Williams for the thefts….Williams, 46, formerly of Margo Lane, is charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property in connection with alleged incidents that occurred in Montgomery and Delaware counties between January 2007 and December 2008 at the homes of five people who hired her as a housekeeper.

Williams is accused of making more than $50,000 by selling jewelry, sports memorabilia and other items she allegedly stole from the homes. Williams, who most recently resided in Summerville, S.C., faces a possible maximum sentence of 35 to 70 years in prison if she’s convicted of all the charges.

 

So anyway, this stealing of history is a new all time low as far as I am concerned.  And stealing something so famous as one of the busts Jean-Antoine Houdon did of founding father Benjamin Franklin while he was not only alive, but in Paris in the 18th century?

Now I have to wonder, as this (at least to me) seems somewhat a very specific thing to steal, was this housekeeping staffer turned  thief sent in specifically by someone else to steal this?   After all what are the chances of an every day person no matter who they are recognizing this as a priceless artifact? How would someone sell this other than on a very specific black market?  Did this suspect only take the job to case the house?

There are only four other versions of this bust by Houdon – one in terra-cotta, two in marble.  If I did my research correctly, one of the marble busts last came up at auction in 1996.  Follow this link to check out the one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  My research indicates there are ones that are of the Houdon school, probably students of his at the time that come up.  In your mind’s eye you can almost see Benjamin Franklin sitting for this sculpture.

Well hopefully Lower Merion cops will be information sharing with other police departments and even law enforcement on a Federal level who deal with art theft to bring this piece of history home.  Read more on Houdon here.

And I have to wonder, are there any other art thefts that have not been reported to the media?

For more on Benjamin Franklin click HERE.  The Biography Channel did a piece on him over the past couple of years (click HERE).  The best biography/documentary I have seen on Franklin and his life was done by The History Channel.

This whole thing is so White Collar I can’t stand it.  Here’s hoping they find Ben Franklin before some fool who doesn’t know Wal Mart for Art breaks him.