Friday, January 20, 2017 prayer

Special Day for Prayer


An image of a marching band
An image of a marching band

Today is a very special day for our nation.  Our constitution provides for the orderly transition of leadership.  The 20th amendment to our Constitution was ratified on January 23, 1933.    Check out this link on the history of the 20th Amendment.  These paragraphs are included in the article.

In order to ensure a smooth transition of power, there is a need for a period of time between the election and the swearing in of the new period.  New presidents have to choose cabinet members and other key administration members, as well as get up to speed on security issues and simply began the task of physically moving a new team to Washington.  For the old president, this time in office is referred to as “the lame duck” period, a term taken from Wall Street that used to refer to people who could not pay off their loans–persons, like the lame duck president, without much capital.

Before the enactment of the 20th Amendment in 1933, the new president was not sworn until the March following the election.  This long delay caused problems.  In the “secession winter” after the election of Abraham Lincoln, President James Buchanan watched as secessionists seized federal forts and arsenals.  By March 1861, when Lincoln finally took office, the Civil War was nearly lost before it even began.  Seven decades later, in the middle of the Great Depression, the lame duck period of president Herbert Hoover seemed far too long.  Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt barely communicated and the country waited for decisive action from its newly chosen leader.  In response, the 20th Amendment was proposed and adopted.

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