An Inaugural Reflection

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The American inauguration is one of the great traditions of the American Republic, and of freedom itself. But why? First because since 1800, no matter what, the office of the President, which has come to be the most powerful job in the world, transfers completely peacefully from one incumbent to the next. Yes, there are often protests, and sometimes riots, but they never have any impact on the event. President Washington believed that the peaceful inauguration of President Adams was more important than his own. He had a point. It happened in the midst of the beginnings of our Civil War, and again during that war. It happened when Franklin Roosevelt died, without a pause in the war effort. It’s a touchstone of American freedom.

Jane Hampton Cook wrote for Fox News about why she loves it.

The inauguration is why I love America. Of all the presidential events, from election night to the State of the Union, from press conferences to state dinners, the inauguration is my favorite for one simple reason. More than any other moment, the inauguration is a picture of our Constitution, proof that we are a nation based on representation, not royalty.

In a single instance the three branches of government— the executive, judicial and legislative— come together for a united purpose. A new president takes the oath of office administered by the chief justice of the Supreme Court while standing in front of the U.S. Capitol that houses Congress.

This doesn’t mean that everyone is happy about the winner of an election, though many are. But it does mean that this American experiment, the “sacred fire of liberty” as George Washington called it in his first inaugural, is still burning today.

John F. Kennedy, who won by a mere 112,000 votes in a bitter election, poignantly explained America’s ceremonial unity at his 1961 inauguration. “We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom.”

Read it all at Fox News, and yes, I agree.

Bookworm noticed some differences from the previous administration.

Instead, Trump made the American people the stars of his speech. For example,

That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.

This is your day. This is your celebration.

And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people.

January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Trump’s focus on the American people (“you”), rather than himself, is in marked contrast to Obama’s speeches, which invariably are all about . . . Obama.

via Donald Trump’s speech and the Judeo-Christian religious tradition, do read the whole thing.

That’s pretty much what we’ve been saying for a long time, isn’t it? In Christianity, it’s called servant leadership. That’s why the Pope is sometimes called “The servant of the servants of God”.

Another example was General Secretary of Defense Mattis’ first act, a message to our troops. Here it is.

It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense.

Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind.

Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people.

I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your secretary.

via The Right Scoop in this case.

The Warrior Monk is about my age, and so likely trained as a Marine, about when I was in college, I suspect he believes the same things about leadership that I was taught so long ago.

First: The Mission

Second: Your People

Third: Yourself.

The analogy to our Judeao-Christian ethics as Bookworm described above is exact.

I am more and more convinced that We, the People, have chosen wisely. But actions count for much more than words, so we will see in the coming months and years, but it is a very good start.

Oh, and this, setting things right, both large and small.

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16 Responses to An Inaugural Reflection

  1. Jan Hanssen says:

    I’m wondering how you explain the poor inauguration attendance, or the poor reviews of the inauguration speech by the Economist, Financial Times (on the Brit side), or numerous US Conservatives such as George Will? I was skiing in the Bavarian Alps (if you saw someone checking your site from Germany) but we watched the speech and the protests.

    There were protests all across the world, but i noticed they were particularly interesting in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. FWIW.

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    • NEO says:

      I don’t. It needs none. I will watch his performance of his job, which so far is exemplary. I haven’t believed the media in many years, or George Will, for that matter. I read source documents and mostly corroborated ones. The rest, and that includes this blog, are simply opinions.

      Sure there always are, when America acts like America, and when America does, they are free to.

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      • Jan Hanssen says:

        A few days ago you said that the world was ready for Anglo-American leadership, but the Anglo-American world seems to have already rejected that leadership. Even America seems to have rejected that leadership. The protests against Trump were historical in their numbers and geographic diversity.

        And Mattis served 4 decades in the military, you don’t think he learned and developed in those decades? It would be odd that you have similar leadership models. Warfare leadership is very different from business management.

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  2. Mattis will always be a Marine and a General, though retired! (And sorry there is no “likely” about it! 😉 )

    Btw, UGH to the idea that the pope & papacy is “The servant of the servants of God”, even our Eastern Orthodox friends would NOT agree with this, nor certainly us Reformed Christians! Sorry but we must be historical here. For the Orthodox the best that could be said, is that the pope is in the place of equals among those who are called “bishops”. But of course Luther could not go here, as a Reformer: “This shows authoritatively that he [the pope/papacy] is the true antichrist or contrachrist, who raised himself over and set himself against Christ because the pope will not let Christians be saved without his authority, which amounts to nothing. It is not ordered or commanded by God.” (Luther SA II, 4, 10)

    *An today with “Francis” all we see is mere religion with liberalism, and NOT fully Biblical & historical Christianity! That’s the way I see it anyway, and I am not alone! And yes, to disagree IS the way of freedom! 🙂

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    • Good ole NEO, he knows and sees freedom, even if he does not fully agree with me! Thanks!

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    • NEO says:

      Making a point, Fr, and yes, you have much right, but remember Jesus Himself set Himself to serve us, not glorify Himself.

      On Mattis, yes he will, thank God. But the proper title (which is why I did it that way) is SECDEF. A promotion of sorts, we don’t call a general “Colonel” usually either, although he was one.

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      • Yes, the papacy has done that, i.e. glorify itself, plenty of history there! I am nothing but an old protestant Anglican rector myself, and a sinful one at that!

        *Those 4 stars of Mattis speak for themselves!

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        • NEO says:

          They surely do, and loudly, at that!

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  3. the unit says:

    So when do we get the figures on how much mess and debris the worldwide rejectionist protesters left to be cleaned up from the historically yuge geographic areas? As they always do. 🙂

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    • NEO says:

      I’ve seen a few already. It looked about knee deep, at least in Washington. Hardly unexpected, wasn’t like it was the Tea Party or something rational, after all. 🙂

      Not to mention the riot damage. Useless mouths is the phrase that comes to mind.

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      • the unit says:

        And other useless anatomical parts about the size of pink “pussy hats.” Meaning big empty headed women, of course. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yeah, and from what I saw, big is the word, although not only heads. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          I think the word now is “yuge.” 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          So it is! 😀

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    • NEO says:

      Here ya go!

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      • the unit says:

        Well…
        “I’m a nasty woman,” Judd began,…”…Our p—ies are for our pleasure …Judd, 48, then led the thousands of women in attendance in a chant of “Hell yeah!”
        http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/ashley-judd-reads-passionate-takedown-trump-women-march-article-1.2952384
        Oh Hell yeah? Try that pleasure part after the Islamization of America.

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