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I’m taking this Ben Franklin quote from the musical 1776 that I watched on the 4th, as I do most years. I’m not certain whether he said it, but most of the lines in that movie are authentic, although frequently not in the place and time depicted, so I’m going to assume that Franklin actually said it. (If only there were some resource I could use to look up answers to these sorts of questions.)
“Treason… Treason is a charge invented by winners, as an excuse for hanging the losers.”
I’ve thought about this line in the last few days, because right now the losers are yelling treason, trying the hang the winners.
Funny old world, isn’t it?