The Fourth of July is over and so are all the celebrations,
which I have not been big on in my adult life. You can have the crowds, the
noise, the accidents and the rush at every hospital emergency room in the
country. Like I said, I’m not big on any of this. But, I am big on
America. Here’s why.
No other country can endure its trials and tribulations and
make peaceful transitions of power like the good old U.S.A.
Just look at Egypt for a comparison. In my lifetime, they
have had violent overthrow of Farouk, Nasser, Sadat, Mubarak and now Morsi. Are they having fun yet? Don’t think so.
The closest we came to a violent transition in my life was
1968. The country was bitterly divided over the Vietnam War. Race relations
were extremely tense with the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Dr. King. If
we were ever going to have a violent overthrow, it was then.
But it didn’t happen.
And I don’t think it ever will. I truly believe that most
Americans take great pride in our electoral process, even though it is far from
perfect. It has become ingrained in our national culture that we maintain our
history of peaceful transitions, even though our presidential elections get
more and more slimy. None the less, when
the votes are counted, despite some dirty maneuverings by candidates and
parties, we settle back and accept the legal decision about the results. I don’t know how we have arrived at this as a
nation, but I’m glad we have. Other
countries should take note, especially Egypt.