Sunday, September 17, 2017

Monologue Mania Day # 1312 A Lovely Constitutional (for Ben - and Constitution Day) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Sept. 17, 2017

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Monologue Mania Day # 1312 A Lovely Constitutional (for Ben) by Janet S. Tiger (c) Sept. 17, 2017 

Sept. 17th commemorates the signing of the Constitution - Sept. 17, 1787

Other monologues from this play can be found on Days # 7, 142, 153, 189, 755, 936, 948

                         A Lovely Constitutional
                           (for Ben)
                              by Janet S. Tiger  (c) 2017 all rights reserved     
       (Benjamin Franklin is tired, and he now stands with difficulty)

By the end of the months forming the constitution, it was very hard for me to take my usual constitutional.  Much as I loved walking through my city, my kidney stone did not like it.  That was not the only pain, however.  On the last day of the convention, there was still a tiny bit of.....

       (Cups his ear, shakes his head sadly)

A tiny bit of.....disagreement.  But I was in pain, and could not give my opinions, so I had my friend James Wilson deliver for me was five paragraphs in length, but the most important was the final-

        (He closes his eyes and takes a deep breath)

"On the whole, Sir, I cannot help expressing a wish, that every member of the Convention who may still have objections to it, would with me on this occasion doubt a little of his own infallibility, and, to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this Instrument."

       (Opens his eyes, takes out handkerchief and wipes them)

And so they did.  Age has its value sometimes, and as they signed, I knew........there was something greater than any one of us could ever produce, it was a beginning for an amazing experiment in human liberty.

        (He points at a distance)

During the Convention, on the wall, there was a painting of a sun, and I had often ... in the course of the session ... looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know it is a rising and not a setting sun.

So today, on Constitution Day, I leave you with this...

        (He unrolls a paper and reads)

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

       (Lights dim, end of scene)


For more info about Constitution Day , please click here
Franklin's major speech please click here
and for more about Franklin's Rising Sun speech at the convention please click here

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