The Interests of the Nation Are More Important than Political Interests

September 28, 2020

President Donald Trump has recently made several troubling statements. However, a few days ago, he crossed the red lines that surround our democratic government – the basic condition of which is the peaceful change of the parties in power.

“We’re going to have to see what happens,” he told a reporter. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”

And this is not the first time he has said such a thing. In recent days, and at other times, he has refused to commit to peaceful change, in case he loses the election.

He has been questioning the integrity of the elections, the cornerstone of democracy, for a long time. As the President of the country, he is the  one responsible for ensuring the integrity of the elections. A few days ago, however, we experienced a truly "American moment," like one of those that used to take place in the past, when top U.S. politicians put aside their party affiliation and put the interests of the homeland above all else.

Among them were Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat. They made it clear in public speeches that the winner of the election will be sworn in as President on January 20, 2021.

It is not often that the President of the country is ‘corrected,’ not only by his opponents, but also by the members of his party.

McConnell wrote on Twitter: “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th.” He said, “there will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”

(Of course, there is not always a transfer of power every 4 years, as there are cases of re-election of presidents, but the message is clear).

For her part, Pelosi asked, “What would our Founders think?” adding: "Calm down, Mr. President."

And Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said: “What country are we in? I'm being facetious … Look, he says the most irrational things. I don't know what to say.”

Such an issue should never be raised in America. There should not be  the slightest doubt about the peaceful change of parties in power.

It is possible that Trump was testing the waters. To see if such a thing would pass.

But after the reaction of the leadership of his own party, he will probably back down.

His words, however, can be imitated by authoritarian leaders in other countries. Where there are no other powerful officials to pull their ear. Like Turkey, for example.


Everything was reminiscent, with minor differences, of one of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's visits to America.

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