Friday, January 20, 2017

Transfer of Power

"And, when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat?"
--Sir Thomas More (A Man for All Seasons)

Today Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Many people are none too happy about it. Thousands of protesters in DC alone have police working overtime in attempts to keep the proverbial transfer of power peaceful.

Ah, yes, the transfer of power. This is what concerns many. It is not about Donald Trump the person. As observed here, Trump has been around for 70 years and, prior to his presidential campaign, he was not viewed as a significant threat. Although his personality may have been distasteful to some, there were no riots or media meltdowns when he was merely a successful entrepreneur and television celebrity. He had no legal power to commit acts of aggression on others.

But now he does.

And Trump can thank many of those same people wringing their hands over his presidency today for that power. Maybe he will during his inauguration speech.

"I'd like to thank all those partisan to the Obama administration and to administrations before that, for permitting the executive branch to assimilate ever more power--power that our founding ancestors toiled so mightily to avoid."

When it's your guy in the Big Chair, that power feels good. Someday, however, it might not be your guy.

And for many #NeverTrumpers, that day has come.

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