There was a brief appearance on the dais of a Republican during President Obama's inauguration ceremony this morning. Senator Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.) appeared before Vice President Biden took his ceremonial oath of office to lay out why conservatives have reason to at least admire America on a day when their political adversary officially begins his second term in office.
"The American tradition of transferring or reaffirming immense power... we do this in a peaceful and orderly way," Alexander said. "There is no mob, no coup, no insurrection. This is a moment when millions stop and watch."
Indeed, the longtime peaceful transfer or reaffirmation of power is a uniquely American thing to behold. From the moment that General George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1783, peaceful transfer of power has reigned in the United States.
Sen. Alexander quoted George Washington in closing: "The peaceful transition of power is what will separate this country from every other country in the world."