Sunday, January 18, 2009

Peaceful Transition

I am not an American, but the peaceful transition of power in any nation is admirable. Tuesday's transition, from Bush to Obama, seems to be particularly noteworthy. Fittingly, Obama has noted this himself in his weekly radio address, posted Saturday 17 January, 2009.
Our democracy has undergone many changes, and our
people have taken many steps in pursuit of a more perfect union. What has always
endured is this peaceful and orderly transition of power.
For us, it is easy
to take this central aspect of our democracy for granted. But we must remember
that our nation was founded at a time of Kings and Queens, and even today
billions of people around the world cannot imagine their leaders giving up power
without strife or bloodshed.

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