Self Governance in the City of Brotherly Love


In historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Center for Self Governance’s three-day convention wrapped up on Sunday April 26. Founded by Mark Herr and Kurt Potter, Tennessee-based CSG hosts lectures on applied civics and activist training to promote Constitutional principles.

More than 100 liberty lovers, along with Tea Party Patriot’s Diana Riemer, met in the Powel House on 3rd Street. Built in 1956, it was once owned by Philadelphia Mayor Samuel Powel. His wife, Elizabeth Willing Powel – a close friend of President George Washington – asked this famous question to Benjamin Franklin:

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

Patriots attended Level I Program of Self Governance seminar, which was followed by breakout sessions. The three days were educational, and activists left with a better understanding on how to effectively hold public officials accountable.