2018-07-04 / Opinion

Why is there no tranquility?

While I celebrate each July 4, this year will seriously test my confidence in our ability to maintain Democracy. I pulled out the Constitution hoping that the rhetoric of THIS document and the words of our Founding Fathers, would block out the harsh and ugly rhetoric of today.

When George Washington was administered the Oath of Office on April 29, 1789, he said “in humble supplication, that since He has been pleased to favor the American people with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquillity, and dispositions for deciding with unparalleled unanimity on a form of Government for the security of their union, and the advancement of their happiness, so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations and the wise measures, on which the success of this government must depend.”

Even this half sentence is more than most of us will read even though the meaning is deep and painful. George Washington is saying that we are fortunate to be ABLE to deliberate in tranquillity. That the Revolutionary War provided us that ability. And the people decide on the form of Government that is to provide for our security and happiness.

While I understand that there was plenty of turmoil throughout our “founding,” there is a responsibility of those who represent us to find a way to work out problems together. I want this to happen! I am tired of the hateful rhetoric. I want our representatives and leaders to recognize and solve the suffering of so many.

Washington tells us that we have the “opportunity to deliberate in perfect tranquillity.” Then why is there none? No deliberation and no tranquillity.



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