Posted: January 15, 2017 in Uncategorized
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This will appear in the Farmerville Gazette, Farmerville Louisiana, the week of 1/15/2017.

“Inauguration” is defined as “a formal ceremony or special event to mark the beginning of a major public leader’s term of office.  America is about to have its’ grandest inauguration of the American political cycle, the inauguration of the president of the United States.  This happens just like clockwork every four years and this year on January 20th, we will see the 45th President of the United States sworn into office.  Unfortunately, at a time when America should be coming together to pray for Devine guidance for our future leadership and celebrate the beginning of a new era; we are witnessing adults who are well educated with various experiences acting more like spoiled children that grown men and women.  I’m talking about men and women who are widely respected and possess great leadership potential behaving like a child that does not get his or her way and throwing down their toys, pitching a fit and declaring that they are going home because they didn’t get their own way.  How sad that our country has come to this and unfortunately this tirade is based on speculation about a person that has not even taken office and who is surrounding himself with some of the most successful individuals in America.

Several years ago the History Channel teamed with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to produce a movie called Band of Brothers.  This movie followed an Airborne Company, Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne Division from the time is was formed in basic training through to the end of World War II.  At the initial formation of the company, an officer was assigned that drove the men unmercifully and keyed on one individual officer that was junior to him.  Eventually the tyrannical office was replaced and the junior officer rose through the ranks over the years to be a highly-respected officer of the 101st.  Several years later the airborne company had endured the landing at Normandy on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and countless other fights slogging across Europe.  The two officers then met up in Europe.  The original officer of Easy Company had never left the states.  When the two men met the original officer walked by without saluting the now senior officer that he had slighted years earlier.  The senior officer said, “You solute the rank, not the man.”  The now Junior officer stopped, turned, saluted and walk away.

So it should be with the President of the United States, the leader of the greatest free country in the world.  We respect the office of the President.  Regardless of the person holding the office we must cherish the office and respectfully display reverence for this position.  The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States discloses some disappointments and some bright points in our country.  When a person declares that they will boycott the presidential inauguration we see that as a slap in the face of the office of the president.  When another person or group declares they will attend the inauguration, especially when the attendance in in direct conflict with a specific group or organization, this is an example of respect for the office and should be commended.  Talladega University, a predominantly black university, will be there and performing despite calls for the college president to be fired.

When I was researching one of my books I found a letter from the chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Central Committee.  At the time of the letter, the late 1920s, the Democrats and the Republicans were every bit at odds with each other as they are today.  The letter from the Democratic leader was addressed to Herbert Hoover, President of the United States.  The correspondence was to compliment the President for a speech he had recently given.  It noted that even though the two parties were at odds with each other, when someone makes a valiant statement or action, regardless of political party, that person should be complimented.

Wouldn’t it be a valiant gesture to solute the president of the United States, complement him on being elected to the office and wait to see if he needs to be criticized or applauded or a combination of the two.  Come on America, lets’ get it together.


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