We have friends from Arkansas who are missionaries to Haiti. It’s been a tough few years for them with Covid and chaos. In three days it will be a year to the day that Haiti’s president was assassinated. One time one of them told me that what Haiti really needed was a “Benevolent Dictator”. My friend said nothing could get done because the system was so corrupt. It was impossible to make decisions to benefit the Haitian people. The people pulling the strings of the politicians would not allow it. He said they needed someone with total power and decision making authority, but who was willing to make decisions based on what was best for the people of Haiti.
That brings to mind the formation of our country. The people of the American Colonies were subjects of Great Britain, and the decisions and actions made by the leaders were not considered fair by the colonists. This led to the fight for independence and ultimately the formation of the United States of America. For 246 years, our goal has been to live up to the Preamble of the Constitution:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
Neither the citizens nor the leaders have been perfect in the years since, but there is no other country on earth that more people outside of that country want to move to. I believe the way we run America is just about as well as humans can do. We have spent 246 years attempting to “form a more perfect Union”.
I thank God for those founders who had the idea of independence and freedom. I thank God they risked everything for it. I thank God for America. We are blessed to live here.