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Reflections: Inauguration of a President 2013

A new beginning, every four years.

I have had the privilege of hearing the Marine Band play "Hail to the Chief," and watch a president appreciate it from a short distance on an Inaugural Day.

I was all of 21 at the time, yet every time I watch another president get sworn in I reflect back to being young, cold, confused, proud and concerned.

I sat next to Pat Boone, his wife and children including daughter Debbie, who was about my age. Within two years, I would watch this very same president get impeached. I was present in the staff gallery of the House of Representatives when New York Representative Elizabeth Holtzman read her speech for the impeachment of that president.

About 30 other similar resolutions followed, Speaker Carl Albert presided. It was a wild partisan session. Just a short time before that day, perhaps a month or so, I had actually taken an oath by Speaker Albert in that same chair, as I was seated, then stood on the House floor. During the session with all those introductions of impeachment a congressman held up a real noose on the floor and called the session a lynch mob. For me it was a sad day, I knew what was going to follow would be ugly for the nation.

Fast forward to Inaugural Day 2013. Watching from my computer screen in my warm bedroom I watched the pageantry. I thought about the last election of 2012, which I feel had the nation as divided at it was in 2000, which I think was as divided as it has been in my lifetime.

The result, President Barack Obama is presiding over "a House divided." Hopefully it will not destroy itself.  Yet the tenor of the debate these days is as uneasy as it was, in the darkest days of our country's history.

Free states and slave states are now perhaps called red states and blue states. I am not saying slavery is the issue, but that the division and disgust is at a similar pitch. At the age of 60, it is tough to hear good people, many good friends, be so passionately on the polar ends of the tough issues.

Due to the process, in four years, there will be a new president, and a new direction. But we are now in the present of many fiscal, social, and moral issues. Verbal hand to hand combat is being fought openly in the media and on the floors of elected assemblies from town halls to the U.S. Congress itself.

I am hoping the passions of the extreme do not destroy the process of ruling, fairly, equally, justly and legally. The continual revolution that Jefferson spoke about is in fact the elections that are suppose to be the peaceful transition of power between opposing factions based on the will of the majority. Majority rule with minority rights is what this country was built on. Let's hope this rule and these rights will be the mortar from which our country endures.

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Hazel Wilkonson the First January 30, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Patchogue Stoop, the investigation was led by DARRELL ISSA. Are you familiar with your fellow teaparty-extremist? The man who led the sham, political investigation. The same man who has wasted 10's of millions of taxpayer dollars attempting to bring down Holder. This Senator, yourwingnut doppelganger, admitted that he could find no wrong-doing by Holder. Yet you persists on your insane conspiracy theories when the Glenn Beck of the senate admitted there was no connection? You have perfectly demonstrated the lunacy of your ilk.
Hazel Wilkonson the First January 30, 2013 at 04:55 PM
As soon as someone cries "marxism" you can rest assured that they have no idea what they are talking about. You and Christie should hook up.
Darren Gengarelly Sr. February 01, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Why did Obama stomp it out? Issa did what he could considering he got zero support from those neccessary to find the truth. What are you without propaganda? " My friends we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join me , as we change it " Barack Obama " Life's tough pilgrim , And it's even tougher if your stupid " John Wayne
John Gruber February 01, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Patchoque, maybe you should know that that Christie has previously stated only the President should be sexually assaulted and murdered before you start accusing people of hatred. And it's true, most people who use the words "marxist, communist, socialist" in reference to our country have no idea what in the world any of those words mean.
mary February 01, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Reps - don't get mad. Instead lie low for the next 4 years. put as little money into the economy as you can. take a government job so that you can get a big pension in just a few years, work only 9-5, never longer, and get 4 weeks paid vacation. dont forget the mandated hour for lunch every day. treat the next few years like a vacation. take from the government which is so willing to give. dont get angry. life is too short. aim to earn only what you really have to earn. lets see how that works out.

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