This is as it should be, primarily because government is not our God. Easter Sunday seems an opportune time to remember this and renew our commitment to a republic under God rather than one that displaces or subjugates the creator.
James Madison Had It Right
In 1785 James Madison wrote, "The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." Born in King George County, Virginia in 1751, Madison's words seem prescient when applied to our day and time. Often referred to as the "Father of the Constitution," Madison rightly expressed caution and concern for the power that government can assert over its people. It could be said that this quote of his captures the principle difference between the political left and right in America today. Ronald Reagan echoed Madison's fear when he asserted that "government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."