The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Ambition Quotes Page 4
How we cite our quotes:
I had always understood from our Charters, that our Laws were to be made by our Assemblies, to be presented indeed to the King for his Royal Assent, but that being once given the King could not repeal or alter them. And as the Assemblies could not make permanent Laws without his Assent, so neither could he make a Law for them without theirs. (4.2)
Here, Franklin can be seen as speaking on behalf of America as a growing nation (although it's not being revolutionary yet). Like Franklin, America has dreams and goals – it too aspires to better things. America has dreams of governing itself, of not being run roughshod by the English government, and of making laws that can't be knocked down. Franklin's just standing up for them.