In 1797, the world became witness to a process that was rare in history but would set the standard for how the United States would conduct its transfer of Power. Then President George Washington stepped down willingly and handed his power over to the newly elected President John Adams. The unique thing about this was the head of a government changed hand, not at the barrel of a gun or the point of a sword, but with the peacefulness of the ballot box. Not only was George Washington humble enough to not seek another term as President but he also excepted the will of the people’s decision to elect John Adams. Through out history when changes like this happened it happened with lots of blood shed from competing factions. When competing brothers or anyone who thought they had claim to the highest seat of the countries government (usually a king) the decision was made on the battlefield and who ever was left standing was declared leader. Often times the blood letting did not end there, as those loyal to the former leader were often also killed. The advisors, other members of government, and sometimes even other family member were killed so they could not challenge the new leader.
What does this have to do with the current situation? Today, claims are swirling about how the Trump administration collaborated with Russians to seal the election from Hillary Clinton by people who are loyal to the Obama administration. While, claims of improper use of surveillance by the Obama administration on the Trump administration are trumpeted by supporters of Trump. We see the long knives out on both sides in a partisan battle that is causing a huge divide in our nation. I am not convinced we will know the truth of what is happened in this situation. Could this be the first shots fired to end the peaceful transfer of power? Either way we are seeing the results of a deeply divided Nation and the echo of , “United we Stand, Divided we Fall” has never been more true.