Why I Am Proud to Be an American During Trump’s Inauguration
Today, I am very proud of my country.
Here me out. No one was more anti-Trump than me during the election season. Yet, as I sit and watch the inauguration, I am in awe of our tradition of a smooth transition of power. Our Presidents are not our kings (or future queens), and they are only the Commander-in-Chief of the military. To the rest of us, they are our peers tasked with the temporary work of administration.
It is possible to support the office of the President while fighting tooth and nail on every issue. The genius of the founders was to set up a system with checks and balances which would make it nearly impossible to screw things up entirely.
James Madison knew that as long as there were different opinions and unequal quantities of property and prosperity, human nature would cause individuals to align with those who agree with them the most. He knew these factions would infringe upon the liberties of others and work against the interest of the public. Therefore, Madison knew it was crucial to ratify a constitution that would protect against these threats.
In The Federalist Papers No. 10, Madison wrote:
…the smaller the number of individuals composing a majority, and the smaller the compass within which they are placed, the more easily will they concert and execute their plans of oppression. Extend the sphere, and you take in a greater variety of parties and interests; you make it less probable that a majority of the whole will have a common motive to invade the rights of other citizens[.]
Ironic as it sounds coming from me, and in its full “civically religious” meaning (and perhaps to push a few buttons), I say, God bless America.
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