Monday, February 20, 2012

Presidents Day

Happy Presidents Day!

To those of you in the United States, most of you probably do not have work or school today. I have spent much of my life reading and studying history. A subject that has always fascinated me was that of the Presidents of the United States. They are not kings or dictators and unlike any other nation prior, are elected by the people.

What is the most remarkable about the Office of the President in the United States is the transition of power between old and new Presidents. George Washington was the only President who was not aligned with a political party. Despite his warning, stated in his farewell address, those competing for the presidency have been at odds with one another over party issues ever since. Despite this, there has been a peaceful transition of power with each Presidential election.

The peaceful transition of power is evidence of the skilful designing of the United States Constitution and the balance of power spread between the three branches of government. The President is the Head of State, but if there have been laws or increases in governmental powers that WE the People have not liked, there are more people to blame than just the President.

Anyway, to my friends in the United States: I hope you enjoy your holiday and take a moment to appreciate the land you live in and that Constitution- which set the role for the federal government. (even if it has grown much more powerful than any of the founders would have allowed)

Have a great day!

1 comment:

EmmaP said...

Awesome post. And yes, I've given much thought to Cherry Trees, The Emancipation Proclamation and the fact I am grateful to have a day off from work today! :)

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