Yesterday’s early snowfall left our rooftop satellite dish glommed up and dysfunctional. So Jo Ann and I, with our puppy, watched the inaugural doings at our neighbors who also happened to be close friends and more wisely had their dish installed at easily accessible ground level. What we witnessed was and continues to be an historical transfer of power and change of governance, most certainly in its style but hopefully also in its execution.
President Trump’s inaugural speech painted a decidedly dark and depressed state of our union that he ascribed to years of power accumulation toward a hubristic center that is distant from most Americans. The basis for his offered solutions to the categorical problems we suffer from is to “give power back to the people.” This echoes the national perception that our government is supposed to be Lincoln’s ‘of, by, and for the people’. But today our country is so deeply divided that even this universally accepted shibboleth has a radically different interpretation for the socialist/collectivist Left and the conservative/libertarian Right.