Inaugural Firsts: 1st POTUS Inaugurated on Jan. 20th?

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Please pray for a safe Inauguration for our 45th POTUS on January 20th. Thank you! God bless U/SA!

 

 
 
Who was the first POTUS inaugurated on Jan. 20th?
       
Franklin D. Roosevelt
YES! In his second term, the 32nd POTUS  became the first to be inaugurated on Jan. 20th.
       
George Washington
In his first term, the 1st POTUS was inaugurated on April 30; in his second term, he was inaugurated on March 4, which became the ordinary Inauguration Day until the 32nd POTUS’ second term.
       
Theodore Roosevelt
It was not Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th POTUS), but his cousin, the 32nd POTUS, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was the first POTUS inaugurated on Jan. 20th.
         
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Inaugural Firsts: 1st POTUS Inaugurated in D.C.?

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Who was the first POTUS inaugurated in Washington, D.C.?
George Washington  
The first POTUS was inaugurated in New York  (first term) and Philadelphia (second term).
John Adams
The second POTUS was inaugurated in Philadelphia.
Thomas Jefferson
YES! The third POTUS was the first inaugurated in D.C.
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Commiseration for some key GOP leaders’ resentment of Mr. Trump

In some small measure, I can relate to and sympathize with the resentment that lifelong politicians must be feeling as Mr. Trump is on track to become the 45th President of the United States, arguably the highest prize our “one Nation under God” offers a career politician.

If you, like me, have had someone come into your workplace, seemingly from nowhere, without having paid his/her dues, without having labored over many years–decades even–to gain credentials and experience to earn a collateral or supervisory position, I submit that you would be resentful, too.

When someone was hired with an alternate route teaching certificate to share the job I was doing, but without the years of coursework and certifications, I was “ticked,” to put it mildly–especially when that person was undermining processes and programs I had sacrificed so much time, energy, and personal resources to establish–processes and programs I felt I had the right to see continued. Procedures I was sure, based on my expertise, were best for the students.

My professional and personal moral choice became clear. Either I openly or passively aggressively tried to undermine the unqualified newbie, exposing the truth of the interloper’s unpreparedness and incompetence, or I respect our differences, look for collegial strengths, offer mentoring, and when necessary—offer respectful correction.

As a woman of faith, I choose the latter route, but not without emotional cost, since I was so personally opposed to the other person’s style. In the end, I had to admit that there actually were some things from our different backgrounds and experiences that, when taken and made my own, actually improved my performance. Still, my preference was that the other person never had been hired; I found the person’s work ethic and style unacceptable.

Please. You have every right to be resentful. You have every justification for believing that you know better how to be in government–you have the proven experience to back it up. The truth is, just as I was forced to share responsibilities with someone I viewed less than my equal, I cared about the students. Some of those who had exclusively been my responsibility were transferred to the other person. I still cared about them. I still wanted what was best for them. Even though I believed with every fiber of my being that I could do better for them, I had to face facts. They were no longer exclusively mine. The best way to impact their well-being, I had to admit to myself, was to help the other person—not to fail for my self-satisfaction—but to be superlative.

Although my experience is only slightly analogous, I implore you, for the good of the people who trust you to govern wisely for them, as well as for our entire Nation, to please transform all the justifiable resentments and concerns into a determination to serve from within, to impact through respectful coaching and criticism and not to make the American people pay by having a Democratic President who will, at the least, appoint Supreme Court Justices who will undermine our Constitutional form of government.

In every Presidential election year that I can remember (and I’ve lived through many!), we have been told that the stakes are higher than ever. Surely, with the threats to our national security being what they are, I implore you–I beg you–please work from within to help Mr.  Trump and his administration make this country safe, strong, secure for all Americans–including your constituents. Yours will be a tremendous sacrifice, calling for heroic humility, and I pray that God will reward you as only He can for dying to yourself in favor of giving us all a better America.

(In all honesty, I would not want to look in the mirror on November 9 and have to confess to myself that I am responsible for the election of Hillary Clinton. The momentary satisfaction in having put down Donald Trump, preventing him from obtaining a distinction you count him unworthy to obtain, will pale next to the dissatisfaction that you will live under a President Obama extended term of office.)

Please pray about what you are doing and saying between now and November 8, and on that day, please be statesmen. Warts and all, Donald Trump–with proper mentoring from you and Cabinet guidance– is heads and shoulders over HRC. I believe in the Republican Party as the best hope for America; I hope and ask that you do, too.

God bless you.

Sincerely,
Barbara Krawiec

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Open response to GOP critics of Mr. Trump’s repudiation of Mr. Khan’s personal attacks

“Captain Humayun Khan was a hero to our country and we should honor all who have made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country safe. The real problem here are the radical Islamic terrorists who killed him, and the efforts of these radicals to enter our country to do us further harm. Given the state of the world today, we have to know everything about those looking to enter our country, and given the state of chaos in some of these countries, that is impossible. While I feel deeply for the loss of his son, Mr. Khan who has never met me, has no right to stand in front of millions of people and claim I have never read the Constitution, (which is false) and say many other inaccurate things. If I become President, I will make America safe again.”
Statement made by Mr. Trump, released Sat, July 30.

My  statement to you Honorable GOP Public Servants 

Condolences and respect for the service of his son notwithstanding, unlike you (if media is correctly positioning your Trump-repudiation statements), I do not hold that being a Gold Star father entitles Mr. Khan (whose reputed ties to Clinton Foundation, Lynch, and Muslim Brotherhood are being investigated/reported) to derogatorily question or discredit the legitimate sacrifices made on behalf of this country by hardworking, law-abiding everyday American citizens who have not been called upon to bury a loved one in Arlington.

Unlike others who have criticized Mr. Trump’s rebuttal, I found Mr. Khan’s attacks in that regard an attack on my sacrifices to America, too. Therefore, I support not only Mr. Trump’s “right” to defend himself, but I insist that he do so because Mr. Khan’s attack is an outrage to those of us who are making sacrifices—albeit other kinds—for our families, neighbors, and Nation.  Thank you for your sacrifices, which I view as honorable and legitimate, also.

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Open response (1) to Mr. Khizr Khan

Sincere condolences on the death of your beloved brave son, and echoes of the sincere gratitude that the USA offered before, during, and after his military burial.

In projecting on to myself the question-accusation you directed at Mr. Trump, I have spent the last days introspecting about whether or not I ever have sacrificed–not for “this” country or for “my” country– but for “our” country.

Since my answer is lengthy and I don’t have a national televised platform from which to share my heartfelt response, I will share it as multiple Tweet attachments, starting with this introductory one.

Thank you for arousing in me an introspection concerning whether I have made any sacrifices for our country.  Thank you, too, for arousing in me a need to recognize and to appreciate the sacrifices made by my fellow Americans.

God bless you. May your son rest in peace.

Barbara Krawiec

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Open response (2) to Mr. Khizr Khan

Day in, day out, God-fearing, law abiding American men and women  care for their families and their neighbors, going about doing good in big and little ways that don’t necessarily make headlines, or earn accolades.

Nonetheless, being a responsible, productive adult day in and day out demands a sacrifice, a dying to oneself for the good of the other.

In that context, then, I respectfully submit that each day that I have lived to exercise and to fulfill my freedoms and responsibilities under the US Constitution, I have necessarily sacrificed some measure of personal desire, inasmuch as freedom is not a license for unlawful self-indulgence.

It is the routine, daily sacrifices for family and neighbors, I submit, made by “we, the people” who determine what kind of sacrificial country the USA has been and will continue to be.

God bless you.

Barbara Krawiec

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Open response (3) to Mr. Khizr Khan

Although I don’t know where you were on the morning of 9/11/01, I can write an entire book on where I was and how my life changed that day.

For purposes of this exploration of sacrifices I have made for our country, here is a HUGE deliberate one in response to that terror threat.

The company for which I worked and regularly traveled from Coast to Coast gave us the option—without penalty—of choosing not to fly when flights became operational again.

Never a fan of flying under any circumstances, prior to the company’s announcement, I had seriously considered resigning from my job to avoid flying again.

I listened to our President and his call for us to resume our normal lives. I considered the way that our economy and our way of life could collapse if we stopped doing that.

So, terrified as I was, I packed my suitcase and went on a cross country business trip. I made a moral, patriotic decision that no one but my God and I knew about. No one but my God and I knew that I had decided that if it was necessary, I was willing to die for my country in another airplane attack.

Obviously, I did not die. Yet I submit that every one of us who try our best to face and not to shrink from our daily responsibilities in the light of prior and potential terror attacks are making sacrifices for our country. And I am grateful to my fellow Americans for doing just that!

 

God bless you.

Barbara Krawiec

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Open response (4) to Mr. Khizr Khan

In addition to being in corporate America, I have served as a teacher to thousands of children and adults, having taught Preschool through undergraduate and adult school students.

With a salary that never was reciprocal for the amount of time and energy I invested in preparing motivational, meaningful lessons, I sacrificed many personal opportunities for leisure activities, putting my responsibilities to my students first.

Like every other teacher I ever have known, I invested my own money, as well, to provide tokens of incentive and affirmation for my students.

I would submit that throughout our country, American workers are going the extra mile, making sacrifices in response to the responsibility and pride they feel for their work and the recipients of their work.

Having done so much travelling across our country, I have been impressed with the generosity and goodness of workers who go about their jobs with a generosity and dedication that makes their work a ministry. I appreciate their sacrifices big and small. We are a sacrificial group of workers. And our sacrifices are real and significant.

God bless you.

Barbara Krawiec

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Open response (5) to Mr. Khizr Khan

Within the framework of everything I have previously shared in responses 2-4, I turn now to my reactions to whether Mr. Trump has made sacrifices for our country.

Based on what I have seen, I have no doubt or hesitation in unequivocally saying that Mr. Trump has set aside what could be a “cushy” life to exhaust himself for more than a year, working to make our country great again.

Perhaps some question his motives. Not me. Being about the same age as Mr. Trump, I have no doubt that he is answering the call President Kennedy made to Americans when the two of us were impressionable teenagers: “..ask not what your country can do for you.–ask what you can do for your country.”

If you weren’t a teenager or young adult then, you might not be able to fully fathom the impact those words had on our impressionable patriotic psyches.

I do believe that Mr. Trump sincerely believes that he has a business-based skills set that can offer solutions to our country’s problems. I appreciate and applaud the sacrifices he is making, including monetary ones, to repay his debt of gratitude to this country for affording him the opportunities that have made him a billionaire.

God bless him for his sacrifices for all of us who want a vibrant America again.

Barbara Krawiec

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Open response (6) to Mr. Khizr Khan

Although I am not a lawyer, I do have a B.A. and an M.A. in social studies/sciences, with a concentration in US History, and I have taught about the US Constitution to high school students.

One of my graduate research papers focused on the sense of “noblesse oblige” displayed by American philanthropist-businessmen.

When I heard Mr. Trump’s reference in his acceptance speech to his father’s insistence that he had a responsibility by virtue of his wealth to work hard/to provide for others, I immediately thought of that research that I had done. Hearing, too, of the anonymous contributions that Mr. Trump regularly made helped substantiate my hypothesis.

When Mr. Trump referred to the hard work he has done for those he has employed as the sacrifice he has made for our country, his words ring true to me.

I do believe that Mr. Trump has taken upon himself the burden of working not just for his immediate family, but for all the families his company employs. Pooh-pooh his answer all you want; no one, but God, can accurately read his soul. No one, but God, can fully know his motivations.

Having been a supervisor of just a handful of people, I know that I felt a greater responsibility to work longer and harder for them than for myself.

When Mr. Trump pledges to work hard for us, for the common everyday Americans, I believe him. And that kind of work demands much sacrifice.

Thank God for his generosity of spirit.

Barbara Krawiec

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