We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So, after reviewing Fox News, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, The Washington Times and The Washington Post's web sites this morning, guess how many articles I saw rejoicing in the day's events as we honor our great presidents from the past?
It appears Presidents Day has joined Flag Day and Arbor Day in the dustbin of history.
Still, there is hope.
Although it's filled with the usual liberal drool (global warming is going to kill us in 30 minutes, all guns are evil, et cetera ad nauseum) the movie The American President is a wonderful flick with a great cast, clever dialogue, good music and excellent direction.
Including the beginning.
I have a post on my personal fave, Theodore Roosevelt, here.
Many have no clue to any of the holidays that we have off because almost everything is now just a Monday holiday. The only thing that matters to most folks is it is "another day off". It should have never been changed from Washington's birthday to become a generic day honoring all presidents to begin with.
Teddy Roosevelt? The self-proclaimed "progressive" who threw out the Constitution and it's checks and balances? The one who established all sorts of executive agencies to do his bidding when Congress wouldn't? The one who back-stabbed Taft and left an election open for Woodrow Wilson to win?
"President's Day" is seriously uninspiring. There are presidents who were absolute disasters; some who were reasonably competent; and a few stellar ones.
I could get into celebrating the stellar ones, but my efforts would be so diffuse.
Lincoln's Birthday and Washington's Birthday should never have been obliterated, MLK Day or no. To focus on these men once a year, the times they lived in, and the accomplishments in office, was beneficial to the whole nation.
All except Fox are too busy sanctifying Obama, and Fox probably feels they'd best not do anything to draw attention to the benefits of the president in case they get misunderstood as supporting the guy...
If we reclaim any holidays I want to start (here in Texas) with Texas Independence Day. When I was a kid in the 70s we proudly took March 2nd off to celebrate the signing of our Declaration of Independence on that day at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Sadly, the holiday is no longer observed.
Darn shame that.
For what it's worth, I would settle for this day off instead: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_san_jacinto
I think it was actually more important than 3-2-1836 b/c this day actually WON independence. To riff on Seinfeld: anyone can CLAIM independence. It's winning and holding it that matter.
"President's day"? meh, I could take it or leave it. I would much rather see both Washington's and Lincoln's birthday celebrated for what they both did for our country. And they can be celebrated without being federal holidays and being about car sales or mattress sales.
But a day honoring ALL Presidents? Nope, not my thing. Some of them (especially the current idiot at 1600 Penn. Ave) rather irk me and I do not wish to "celebrate" anything about them except when they leave office - now THAT is something to celebrate.
As long as folks remember Veterans and Memorial day, and honor those who have given us so much, then any other federal holiday can just be another day off.
P.S. I would love to say that I would like to see folks remember Thanksgiving for what it should be; but that ship (and it wasn't the Mayflower) has long since set sail. Thanksgiving is now, to far too many people, a day about stuffing your face and trampling the workers to death at Walmart for the latest electronic gizmo sold at a low price. So, instead of a day about giving thanks it has become a day of gluttony and greed.
Sorry for the rant, I guess I'm just getting cynical in this Obamanation.
Presidents Day,Memorial Day, Fourth of July, no longer
have any meaning. Each year our splended educational system
turns out drones that text, and know nothing about the past. The past after all, is who was on you tube this morning.