Yesterday on the way home from Ashland, I heard several reports that it was the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation as President of the United States. More than once the question asked was: Do you remember where you were when you heard?
Yes. We were in Antigua on vacation. We were also the only US citizens in our complex and so we instantly became the experts on the US Constitution and the smooth transition of power without military intervention. We both stretched our brains back to our government classes, but also to the ethos with which we were raised. We realized it was, and I hope still is, just in this country’s air that we change governments every four years through a peaceful process and if the unheard of happens as it did 40 years ago, that peaceful transition will still take place, the government will continue to govern, and all will be well. We were grateful to be able to share that vision with people from all over the world. Not only were we comforted by our knowledge, so were our international friends.