Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Patriot's Pride

Forty-two times in twenty-two decades, over a dozen generations, the American people have taken the baton of power from one leader and handed it to another. In most cases, the ballot box, the supreme (and sublime) symbol of our democratic republic, has determined who the new leader became. In some tragic cases, our constitution has determined the new leader to whom OUR power peacefully passed even before the previous leader was buried with honor. As contentious as each electoral contest is, the wonder, the strength, the greatness of America is our peaceful transition of power.

As you witness the forty-third such peaceful transition today, please realize how rare it is in the experience of man.
As you witness the forty-third such peaceful transition today, please remember that a continued strict interpretation of our constitution is the only thing that will preserve our nation for forty-three more peaceful transitions.

As you witness the forty-third such peaceful transition today, please remember that nearly a million graves hold the remains of patriots whose ultimate sacrifice was for this day.
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