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11.03.2004

Why today is a great day for America

No, it's not the reason you're thinking. Don't get me wrong, I am ecstatic that the President was re-elected, but as it has been every 4 years, who won is not as important as the outcome itself.

Julius Caeser's reign was ended by the dagger of a friend, King Louis XVI reign ended with the French Revolution and the guillotine, and Czar Nicholas II's reign ended with forced abdication and eventual execution. For more than 200 years the United States of America has seen the peaceful transition of power after the terms of 42 Presidents. This fact alone makes our country different than any other on the face of the Earth.

There are no tanks fueling up in Boston or California, the Texas National Guard is not marching to defend Washington, D.C., and there are no revolutionaries marching down the streets of your hometown. The process worked, that is the key. The unprecedented experiment our founders' embarked on has worked so far, and the good news is that it is still working.

After the bitter partisan fight in 2000 many feared a reproduction of it this time around. Luckily we had a candidate that knew how and when to concede with grace, dignity, and a sense that there are more important things than his party's quest for power. There were no extended lawsuits, Supreme Court cases, or bitter fights over the validity of the election. The electoral process in this country is the physical expression of the most deeply held beliefs in our form of democracy, this country has a strong belief and faith in it, as demonstrated by all the peaceful transitions of power we have seen.

This is a great day for America, because once again, we have reaffirmed our faith in the Republic.

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