We have remained a Republic and have managed to prove Lord Acton’s theory that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We have had powerful Presidents and powerless Presidents, but all were freely elected and not at any time in our history did we have military or civilian coup. We did have a Civil War, but even though it pitted family against family after the North won, the South were welcomed back into the fold and our country grew and grew fast primarily because we were one country, one people. Today, we face more domestic and foreign problems than I can ever remember and how we act, and how we will grow or not depends greatly on us, the individual American and how we allow our government to act. We are still the Untied States and we are still pretty free and I believe most of us want it to remain that way.