Neither did we.
Yet, Americans increasingly carry on as if, by some magic, everyone in the country can get his way. All the time.
Take the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The anti-religion fringe group has read the Constitution to say they have a right to be free from religion. That means no mention of it by government and, they hope, in the public square.
They want to fundamentally transform American society, some 200 years in, to suit their own delicate tastes. They want their way. To heck with you and the rest of the country.
One of their attacks is on the National Day of Prayer. They decided to take it down -- to deny Americans the day because they don't like it and you shouldn't have it. So they filed suit.
They did a great job of judge-shopping, too, getting a Jimmy Carter holdover, federal Judge Barbara Crabb of Wisconsin -- who ruled last week that the day of prayer was unconstitutional.
That's just ridiculous.
The people who formed this nation called for a national day of prayer back in 1775. Did they, too, act "unconstitutionally"?
Nor does the day demand anything from anyone -- unlike, say, the recent health-care bill that requires you to purchase a product. It's simply a decision by a free and religious nation to remind itself in a formal way of the need to seek God's blessings.
At the same time, it should be a reminder to our elected leaders that their own power is far from supreme.