Archive for February 16th, 2009

A Stupid Holiday

February 16, 2009

Presidents Day is  a meaningless celebration that replaced recognizing two great presidents–George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Technically, Presidents Day is the legal holiday Washington’s Birthday.  But somewhere along the way, all the presidents got lumped together into one day.

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809.  Born in very humble circumstances, Lincoln became our 16th President of the United States.

George Washington was born on February 22, 1732 in Virginia.  He served as the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army throughout the Revolutionary War.  After the Constitution was ratified in 1787, Washington was elected as the First President of the United States on the Electoral College in 1789.  He was the only President to be elected unanimously.

Both Washington and Lincoln are worthy of their own holidays.  And some presidents are not worthy of a holiday at all.  For the presidents that served during my life time, Jimmy Carter would certainly fit the category of not worthy of being honored.

So, today, remember and honor the great ones.  Forget about the forgettable ones.  And don’t go to the mailbox.  It will be empty.