The Transfer of Power
At this point in my life, I have watched a lot of inaugurations. Richard Nixon’s second inauguration in 1973 is my first clear memory, and I haven’t missed one (on television) since. Regardless of my personal feelings about either the incoming or outgoing president over the years, the strongest emotion I always seem to feel at the end of the ceremony is one of relief.
When I think of the way the democratic transfer of power is often subverted in other parts of the world, and recall the paroxysms of violence that can accompany it, I can’t help but marvel at how peaceful and seamless our process is, president after president, and generation after generation. This speaks not only to the venerable nature of our Constitution, but to our collective willingness as a people to be bound by its dictates. That is not only a source of relief to me, but of pride, as well.
Posted On: 01-20-2009 17:16:51 by Jim Splaine
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