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
What visionaries. In a day before television, cars, airplanes, radio, cell phones, microwaves, computers, and all this modern clutter... And at a time of outhouses, moldy clothes, feather and straw beds only if you were lucky, and no regular showers, no deoderant, and no bug spray... ...they had the ability to think, to think about, and to think through how to make a government. They looked at examples of governments they didn't want for their children's future, so they created one that would reflect the will of the people and one of peaceful transfer of power, keeping it in the hands of those people. They only needed the power of ideas to do the job, and a writing instrument to put it to paper. Quite remarkable, really.

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