I'm sure you're aware that the United States is the only government that has ever lasted
more than 200 years. All but ours has fallen sooner or later because of flaws in the basics, or through a longing for power,
or other feelings of superiority which leaders felt the need to flaunt. Napoleon, Hitler and a long list of others have led
their nations into oblivion.
Our nation has held together in spite of politics because rather than have one person,
a dictator in direct charge, like Hitler, our forefathers, Thomas Jefferson and others during George Washington's time, set
up this country under three separate branches: The Executive, the Legislative, and the Judicial. Those are the President,
the Congress and the Supreme Court. One may come up with what it thinks is a grand idea, but the other two must agree. And
even in the Congress, which is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. And to keep as much fairness as possible
among these people who represent us, each and every state, no matter how small or how large, has two senators, while in the
House of Representatives, these are numbered according to the population of the state the represent. And when these two bodies
disagree on a thing, it doesn't become law. And even if they do agree, but the President of the United States feels the idea
is wrong, he can veto it. After that, it can become law only if both the House and the Senate pass it by two-thirds majorities.
All this is called a "Checks and balances" system. It takes a lot of people for a law, bad or good, to be enacted.
After that, if a thing seems wrong to the population, it can be brought before the Supreme Court, which is made up of nine
persons; a chief justice and eight associate justices. These people are chosen by the president for life.
lies a problem, to my way of thinking. Chosen for life can be a long time for the wrong person to be interpreting our laws,
and that is showing up now, as bad things are happening, often by close votes, like five to four. Personal feelings seem to
be sneaking into earth-shaking decisions, including the religious beliefs on which our country is built.
form the foundation of this nation: Our Constitution and the Holy Bible. The first was modeled upon the second, and we have
proof in the quotations from those men who wrote that Constitution. They believed in God, in right and wrong, and how those
things make a great nation through following those principles.
Include our leaders in your prayers, that they will
ask God for guidance, and then will obey that Highest Authority.
37BT Bill Thornton October 18, 2004