Monday, February 18, 2013

Honoring Democracy on Presidents Day

The history of our great nation is often remembered in presidential chapters. From Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt to Kennedy, Reagan and Obama, the United States has weathered good and bad under the watches of 44 men.

Regardless of their politics, achievements and shortcomings, each of these men holds the elite distinction of reaching the highest and most powerful office in the world. As citizens, we can choose to agree or disagree with each president’s charted course, but we must do it with the respect and dignity befitting of the Oval Office. We must also recognize that our voice – whether in agreement or opposition – is afforded to us by the democracy that each president is sworn to protect.

As we celebrate Presidents Day on February 18, let’s be mindful and thankful of the political process it represents. Each of our 44 presidents was voted into office by a free citizenry that is constitutionally empowered to do so. That democratic process makes us the envy of the world. Let us also always remember that while we, the people, select a president to lead, we, the people, have a responsibility to participate in the process and demand on accountability and transparency every step of the way. Our responsibility doesn't end with voting.

On Presidents Day and every other day, may God continue to bless democracy and America.

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