They created a robust Constitution and Bill of Rights, and wisely reserved the majority of power for the states and the people. That is why our government is the oldest on earth, while other nations–France, for example–have gone through five or more in the same amount of time. - Bob Owens, via Tam. Emphasis mine.I was really surprised by this statement. Usually when we talk about history and who's been around the longest, we are talking about countries and civilizations, which implies that there was a government, but governments come and go, so maybe our government is the oldest on earth, although I think maybe the UK is older.