February 19, 2018 9:07 AM
I didn’t get to vote for Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford (no one did, at least in 1972/74), Jimmy Carter, or Ronald Reagan. They were all my President.
I voted for George H.W. Bush. He was my President.
I didn’t vote for Bill Clinton. He was my President.
I voted for George W. Bush. He was my President.
I didn’t vote for Barack Obama. He was my President.
I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. He is my President.
Living in and participating in a constitutional republic doesn’t mean we get our way or we withdraw from the system. It means we have a constitutional framework to elect our leaders, and those elected serve we the people.
That’s what President’s day is about. It’s not about the person serving. It’s about a 200+ year old framework that has allowed a peaceful transition of power between widely differing people/ideologies that has still managed to foster the greatest economic power with the most personally protected freedoms on earth.
Happy President’s Day. To us.