A child from Snowflake, Ariz., doesn’t typically get to witness such historical past, and so I stored a journal:
The household flew house on Friday afternoon. I needed to keep till Saturday afternoon as a result of the Home and Senate met in joint session to depend electoral votes. Given the disputed election, there have been fears that the Democrats would attempt to pull one thing. A dozen or so Home Democrats did object to the Florida electoral votes, however as a result of they did not get any Senate Democrats to signal on with them, they did not thwart the proceedings. It was fairly a spectacle nonetheless. Vice President Al Gore, who presided over this historic assembly, was compelled to name the sport for his opponent, George W. Bush. I met Gore afterward, who needed to be feeling fairly rotten to have received the favored vote however to have misplaced within the Electoral Faculty.
One factor I omitted of my journal entry was that in affirming that his opponent, George W. Bush, can be our subsequent president, Mr. Gore mentioned this: “Could God bless our new president and new vice chairman, and will God bless america of America.”
Mr. Gore’s was an act of grace that the American folks had each proper to count on of somebody in his place, a testomony to the robustness and sturdiness of American constitutional democracy. That he was merely doing his job and discharging his accountability to the Structure is what made the second each profound and strange.
Vice President Mike Pence should do the identical as we speak. As we at the moment are studying, a wholesome democracy is wholly depending on the nice will and good religion of those that supply to serve it.
As we speak, the American folks should witness the majesty of a peaceable switch of energy, simply as I noticed, awe-struck, 20 years in the past. As an alternative, we discover ourselves on this weird situation of our personal making, two weeks from the inauguration of a brand new president, with insanity unspooling from the White Home, grievous injury to our physique politic compounding every day.
My fellow Republicans, as Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of Georgia has proven us this week, there may be energy in standing as much as the rank corruptions of a demagogue. Mr. Trump can’t harm you. However he’s destroying us.
Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake), a former Republican senator from Arizona, is the creator of “Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Damaging Politics and a Return to Precept.”