March 4, 1789 the first Congress of the United States meets in New York City, puts constitution into effect, receives proposed Bill of Rights.
I'll save you doing the math: that was 227 years ago.
We've come a long way, Baby. The question is: Are we headed in the right direction?
We've grown, we've seen many advances in technologies, many changes in the social fabric; we've engaged in many conflicts. Old Glory has fifty stars and she still flies. The question is: How long will she continue to wave?
We are given to "progress," to compulsions, and to deliberations, to argument, and even, alas, to outrage and insults: The question is: Are these the values by which we really want to live?
One could hope that the momentum of descent into a morass, a quagmire, could be slowed, could be stopped before it is too late. And the question is: If that original set of congressmen of 1789, in their powdered wigs and frilled shirts could see us today, would they see the extension of the body and the nation as they envisioned it, or would they see an asylum run by the inmates?
The prayer is: God help the denizens of the USA.