there is no Presidents Day

27 02 2008

Did you know that there isn’t a holiday called Presidents Day?  The actual federal holiday is Washington’s Birthday.  It used to be on February 22, which was George Washington’s birthday.  A draft of the Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 would have renamed the holiday to Presidents’ Day, but it didn’t pass.

I know, what difference does it make?  Why am I putting this out here for you to read?  Well, I came across it while reading an article about George Washington, who has been called the second-most important person to the history of United States of America, after Jesus Christ.  I know, you still may not care.  But I want to share this quote by Washington, which says a lot (and it’s something you don’t hear politicians say anymore) :

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. … Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. ~ George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796

That’s true, and it’s well-documented in our nation’s history, yet so many politicians have forgotten that…  It’s somewhat scary to consider the path our country is on in terms of morals and values.  We really need a revival!




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