Taking the Oath of Office

Taking the Oath of Office

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”– Oath of Office, US Constitution, Article II, section 1, paragraph 8.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.    –Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence.

Today is Inauguration Day, and Donald J. Trump will take the oath of office as our 45th president.  It is a ceremony that signifies a peaceful transition of power not available to the 90% of the rest of the planet.

Everyone in America has an opinion, and those opinions are deeply divided.

I am not going to rehash the election, except to say that my first choice was anyone but Hillary Clinton. I am not a fan of Barack Obama’s policies or overall performance. Then again he is not a fan of me. So, I consider us even.

However, there is a bigger picture here today than just one man in a temporary job.

If the past eight years have shown us anything, it is that Americans are resilient. America is resilient. We have roots not easily uprooted, we have survived a “leader” determined to, “fundamentally change us,” when deep in our hearts it is Washington that needs changing, not America, not us.

Some of us, tired of war, and unaware of the power of a dishonest media, were fooled into believing a false prophet; an empty suit; a vessel for your hopes, and a mirror for your dreams. Those refusing to accept the paper tiger were marginalized and falsely called racist. Silently we fought back, removing over 1000 of Obama’s party members from the Senate, Congress, State Houses, and Governor’s Mansions.

November 8th was America’s second revolution (third if you count Reagan) where average citizens said, “No More.” It takes a lot to awaken us, our patience is near infinite, but when we do arise we strike fast and decisively. Trust me when I say that Trump’s victory gave hope to millions around the world that have no voice, and live under tyranny.

Freedom and liberty are rare and sacred ideals. We must guard them with eternal vigilance.

Congratulations and best wishes to Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America.

God Bless America

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