Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Great Celebration

Although the actual inauguration ceremony for the 45th President of the United States is tomorrow, some related activities begin today. The inauguration schedule has been posted. 

The peaceful transfer of power for the greatest country in the world is underway and while we agree with the choice, or not, this is where our process has brought us. We are on the brink of a new administration.

There are news reports of low approval ratings; however, perhaps the polling is as flawed as those done days before the election which indicated that the President-elect had a very slim chance to win the election that he ultimately won walking away. 

Thomas Jefferson
The inauguration is a uniquely American activity and in this case it culminates a two-year electoral process that ranks as one of the most contentious in history. I am reminded that the third election in American history, whereby Jefferson became the vice-president through some interesting subterfuge, may one of the most contentious and interesting as it also effectively launched the two-party system of American politics. 

So while many are protesting, I believe it is a time to celebrate the process if not the person. Elections and inaugurations are what makes America great, and I maintain that America is still great. And truer still, that people can disagree and protest without fear of retaliation or retribution is another reason that America is great.

If Americans celebrate and encourage diversity, then America will continue to be great, despite what some profess. 

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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