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It's Washington's Birthday, Not Presidents' Day
Heritage.org ^ | February 16, 2009 | Matthew Spalding, Ph.D.

Posted on 02/19/2012 7:50:11 AM PST by Daffynition

February 22 is the birthday of George Washington -- the man who, more than any other, made possible our republican form of government.

The third Monday in February has come to be known, wrongly, as President's Day. America's political leaders should take this occasion to remember Washington's deeds, recollect his advice, and again call the holiday celebrating him by its legal name: Washington's Birthday.

Washington biographer James Flexner called him the "indispensable man" of the American Founding. Without Washington, America would never have won our War of Independence. He played the central role in the Constitutional Convention and set the precedents that define what it means to be a constitutional executive: strong and energetic, aware of the limits of authority but guarding the prerogatives of office.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: abrahamlincoln; georgewashington; greatestpresidents
It is good for patriots to reflect on our heritage onWashington's B'day. Teach your children well.


1 posted on 02/19/2012 7:50:16 AM PST by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Why should I have to know about George Washington? He was nothing but an old white man, and he owned slaves! Now gimme some Women’s Studies, some Afrocentric history, and some Queer Studies! /s


2 posted on 02/19/2012 8:06:42 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Daffynition
"He played the central role in the Constitutional Convention and set the precedents that define what it means to be a constitutional executive: strong and energetic, aware of the limits of authority but guarding the prerogatives of office.

I have no problem with his and Lincoln's and other presidents birthdays rolled into one day. The reasons are that, personally, I don't care for Lincoln (should have let the South succeed), and prefer not to see Congress institute holidays for FDR and others going back.

Of course President Day includes clinton and hussein who have corrupted our society. Do you want to see all the bad presidents out of some 44 have their own day, which Congress would eventually get around to doing if not for this day? I prefer not.

Still, as I write this, I can see a special day for the FIRST president and the CIC who led the Revolution. So maybe I'm wrong.

3 posted on 02/19/2012 8:23:26 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet

IMHO, Both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln should have their own holiday. When you study both men and their lives, you see the greatness in each of them. These great Presidents had difficult lives, unexpected deaths of children and step children, failures on the battlefield, electoral losses, etc!!! But......they learned and overcame them.

It is real a crying shame that millions of Americans know relatively nothing about these magnificent Icons in American history!!! Only four great & best ones, IMHO. Washington, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt (only for pursuit to victory in WWII) & Reagan!!! Worst Presidents, Obama & Carter!!!!


4 posted on 02/19/2012 8:40:35 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy POTUS Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: CatherineofAragon
If I didn't know that your comments are satire, I'd have to rename you CatherinfofArrogance.

The libs and progressives, if they could, would wipe George Washington and the rest of the founders from our minds. We are wise to disallow that.

5 posted on 02/19/2012 8:41:46 AM PST by davisfh
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To: Daffynition
There were t2 holidays....Lincoln and Washington. The teachers wanted a whole damn week. Creative benefit!!

A question: Do schools still get paid for these days off? We know teachers are getting paid. Kids...you're so scr****.

6 posted on 02/19/2012 8:44:30 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Daffynition

there is only one American holiday named for a person.

and it’s NOT George Washington (which irks me)


7 posted on 02/19/2012 8:53:56 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: davisfh
"If I didn't know that your comments are satire, I'd have to rename you CatherinfofArrogance. The libs and progressives, if they could, would wipe George Washington and the rest of the founders from our minds. We are wise to disallow that."

Yes, and since you no doubt saw the sarcasm tag in my post, I'm glad you know better than to "rename" me.

8 posted on 02/19/2012 8:58:02 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Daffynition

Isn’t it nteresting how the Marxists abolished the celebration of the individual for the “collective” and egalitarianism in the concept of a “President’s Day! Such Marxist propaganda to erase the individual and private property and the uniqueness of the human being—as if all people are equal and all people are due the same amount of respect. (Egalitarianism is evil—it encourages the removal of virtuous action and forces mediocracy.)

One professor remarked that the Constitution was the most brilliant political document ever written and that he didn’t understand why there wasn’t a James Madison Day. Actually, he was being facetious because he understood the Marxist intent on erasing the idea of a personal God and individual excellence and competition in children.

He knew why there will NEVER be a James Madison Day—because the Constitution is the most reviled document by vile, evil men who want to control and force slavery on the masses.

Wittgensteinian (and Goebbels) ideas-—control what words are allowed and you control the perceptions and worldview of the children.

This is all part of teaching children to hate this country so they have the proper Marxist, hedonist worldview which reviles all Virtue—self discipline—and destroys actual knowledge and wisdom of the ages. It is also part of the Marxist force to remove all tradition.


9 posted on 02/19/2012 9:03:40 AM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: sten

Christmas????


10 posted on 02/19/2012 9:05:48 AM PST by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: sanjuanbob; sten

The United States Code does call it Washington’s Birthday.
(I’m not sure but there may be some individual state laws that call it Presidents’ Day; the store specials call it that also).

Columbus Day, Christmas Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.


11 posted on 02/19/2012 9:16:28 AM PST by scrabblehack
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To: CatherineofAragon
"Why should I have to know about George Washington? He was nothing but an old white man, and he owned slaves! Now gimme some Women’s Studies, some Afrocentric history, and some Queer Studies! /s"

Although it's implied in your statement by owning slaves, let me add that Washington was 1%er. He was rich. Damn him for having property and wealth, which of course he was willing to lose for liberty against tyranny. But then that's of no consequence in our liberal schools.

But hey, who's taught or knows that anymore? How few know that slavery was the way of the world back then? How many are taught or know that blacks owned blacks and that blacks captured black Africans to sell to other nations, not just America. How many know that whites and asians and latinos were also slaves back when? Even the all so noble native americans owned slaves of different tribes.

How many know that America was the first to repudiate such atrocities, and that America was the first country to give equal opportunity and civil rights to all people with darker skin?

All Americans should be proud of our history (I am) and our positive influence on the world, but instead the race mongers keep whining and perpetuating their own sorry standard of living, and still blame caucasians. Sorry, got off topic.

12 posted on 02/19/2012 9:17:18 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Daffynition
Bump!

All "Monday holidays" should be returned to their traditional dates as well.

13 posted on 02/19/2012 9:18:36 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Ya, you stole my thunder here. I was thinking how the liberals denigrate the Founding Fathers because of slavery, among other things.

I always have to laugh that the Board of Education in New Orleans changed the name of George Washington School. They decided that they didn’t want a school named after someone who owned slaves. They re-named the school after some obscure African king. This supposedly helped boost the self-esteem of the black students who attend the school.

New Orleans has some of the worst public school achievement in the country. But the Board of Education doesn’t want to spend time on that matter. They want to make sure they make their political statement in naming a school.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 9:26:01 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: sten

I want one of two things. Either I want to change Presidents’ Day to Washington Day OR I want to change MLK Day to Civil Rights Day (or some such inclusive name to include others who did similar work). If there is to be only ONE day honoring a specific person then it should be the first President of the country I’d think. Changing the names of things may seem small, but it is the way that the whole culture has been tweaked, drip by drip.


15 posted on 02/19/2012 9:27:09 AM PST by Anima Mundi
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To: A Navy Vet

You have made some excellent points. But none of that matters to the liberals. The liberals expected the Founding Fathers to have had a 21st century liberal politically correct worldview in everything that they did.

As liberals look back at history, everyone who did not have a 21st century politically correct worldview is to be scorned.


16 posted on 02/19/2012 9:30:19 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Daffynition
The day that George Washington was born was marked as February 13, 1731, in Virginia.
17 posted on 02/19/2012 9:30:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: A Navy Vet

No need to be sorry-—I agree with everything you said.

Kids today are also not taught, and have no idea, that the Founders by and large abhorred slavery, but they understood that they would never have a unified nation AT THAT POINT if they abolished slavery there and then. In other words, it was a choice of having an imperfect nation or none at all. However, they acted to curtail it as much as they could.


18 posted on 02/19/2012 9:37:44 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
All "Monday holidays" should be returned to their traditional dates as well.

That sounds good in theory, but it will never happen.

It is much better for businesses to be closed for a long weekend, if it's in the middle of the week there are going to be a lot more people taking additional days off either before or after and making it a LONGER weekend.

19 posted on 02/19/2012 9:39:31 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

No, it’s all window dressing and political correctness. Re-naming a school after an African king, hm? Someone should ask them how they feel about the current-day issue of slavery in the Sudan.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 9:40:22 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Or as the NAACP says on Jan 15:

“We’ve had many presidents but only one King”

Puke..........


21 posted on 02/19/2012 9:43:07 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: nascarnation

You know, a few years ago I was watching my local news on MLK day, and a black civil-rights leader actually called King “savior.”


22 posted on 02/19/2012 9:46:25 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: CatherineofAragon

The ironic part is that although King was a philandering commie, he was a far better person than Baraq.


23 posted on 02/19/2012 9:50:07 AM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Daffynition

We studied George Washington in my public school, but we used his full name “George Washington Carver.”


24 posted on 02/19/2012 9:53:24 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: sanjuanbob

“Christmas?”

was it renamed to “Jesus of Nazareth day” and i missed it?


25 posted on 02/19/2012 9:56:49 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Anima Mundi
I want one of two things. Either I want to change Presidents’ Day to Washington Day OR I want to change MLK Day to Civil Rights Day (or some such inclusive name to include others who did similar work). If there is to be only ONE day honoring a specific person then it should be the first President of the country I’d think. Changing the names of things may seem small, but it is the way that the whole culture has been tweaked, drip by drip.

i would agree completely

26 posted on 02/19/2012 9:58:16 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: CatherineofAragon
"No need to be sorry-—I agree with everything you said."

Thank you. I was only apologizing for the rant.

"Kids today are also not taught, and have no idea, that the Founders by and large abhorred slavery, but they understood that they would never have a unified nation AT THAT POINT if they abolished slavery there and then. In other words, it was a choice of having an imperfect nation or none at all. However, they acted to curtail it as much as they could."

Yes, those of us who have read the Constitutional debates know that many of the Founders wanted to include that in early drafts. Unfortunately, others were still locked into the ways of the time. Still, those exceptional men of conscience gave us a way to amend our societal compact, and so we did and to the betterment of the world.

27 posted on 02/19/2012 10:08:29 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet

Yes. Today I see no men of that caliber in the public eye, so it infuriates and pains me to hear our Founders slandered.


28 posted on 02/19/2012 10:20:41 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: nascarnation

No doubt. There’s a dead skunk in the road near here-—I’m sure it had better character than Obama.


29 posted on 02/19/2012 10:22:42 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (I can haz Romney's defeat?)
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To: CatherineofAragon
"Someone should ask them how they feel about the current-day issue of slavery in the Sudan."

NO one knows that is going on there - thank you MSM and State Department. If there's any reason for the US to get involved for humanitarian reasons, that would be it, not to mention the past with Rwanda.

It's like the feminists ignore the atrocity of girls/women experiencing genital mutilation. Where are they? I find that to be one of the most horrific actions taking place in the world today. Killing in civil wars is one thing - we all die, but the deliberate painful mutilation and living with the mental scarring in the name of religion is beyond my capability of understanding.

But let's be so PC and understanding of the Religion of Peace. I would have no problem with them all dying today. Like I said, we all die. Think how better the world be if they simply didn't exist - no more mass murders; mutilation; women as cattle; threats of nuclear terror/explosions, etc. Again, off topic.

30 posted on 02/19/2012 10:36:09 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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Tired of the disruptions?


31 posted on 02/19/2012 10:53:06 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"I always have to laugh that the Board of Education in New Orleans changed the name of George Washington School. They decided that they didn’t want a school named after someone who owned slaves. They re-named the school after some obscure African king. This supposedly helped boost the self-esteem of the black students who attend the school."

Pathetic.

"New Orleans has some of the worst public school achievement in the country. But the Board of Education doesn’t want to spend time on that matter. They want to make sure they make their political statement in naming a school."

Big surprise with the entitlement attitude New Orleans has. They couldn't even bother to get the hell out of town with a major disaster bearing down on them (Katrina), not to mention their historically pathetic and corrupt leadership.

I spent 3 weeks in NO during Navy recruiting school, and I was surprised to find how lazy and slow and uncaring the service was EVERY place I went.

Everyone thinks NO is so cool with their laid back mindset and party just because it's Tuesday. Yes, it has its history, but the general attitude is of "gimme". I made the mistake going back the next year for Mardi Gras after I got out of Navy...same lousy service and same f**k you mentality if you weren't a resident.

Screw New Orleans. Gawd knows, they screwed Texas for taking them in after Katrina. The Houston crime rate sky-rocketed from those miserable leaches. Many still don't want to go back because of getting a free ride in Texas.

32 posted on 02/19/2012 11:09:59 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Daffynition

I’m with you. Eliminating Washington’s birthday celebrations was just one step in the destruction of our republic, which, since they did that, has proceeded with alacrity.


33 posted on 02/19/2012 11:31:06 AM PST by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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To: Daffynition

I think people are missing the point here: the way Washington’s Birthday (and Lincoln’s birtheay) both of which were celebrated when I was a schoolchild, morphed into the nonsense known as “President’s Day” was when Everett Dirksen, Rep. Senate Minority Leader, decided that the restaurants and resorts needed another three day weekend (who knows if there were “contributions” involved. Out went our hisotry and our honored leaders, in came that we are now celebrating Jimmy Carter’s and Lyndon Johnson’s day (ugh!) as well as Washington’s and Lincoln’s. It will always be Washington’s brithday in this house.


34 posted on 02/19/2012 11:42:01 AM PST by laconic
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To: Sacajaweau
School districts/teachers are paid for approx 180 days [depending on your state laws or district.]

In a large urban city here, teachers used to be obliged to work/be paid for 180 days. The AFT union capitulated in negotiations and teachers now work 185 days, without commensurate pay for those five added days to the school year.

If you don't like the law in your state...work to get it changed. :)


35 posted on 02/19/2012 3:40:34 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: A Navy Vet; CatherineofAragon; savagesusie
Rep. Frank Wolf is fighting to have Washington's birthday switched back.

"We need to change the focus from celebrating sales at the mall to celebrating the significance of Washington’s birth to the birth of our nation."

"Today many states, the media, advertisers and the general public have abandoned recognition of Washington’s Birthday and replaced it with a commercial ‘shopping holiday’ that leaves American history and patriotism by the side of the road. The holiday was far more meaningful when it revolved around George Washington, and schools were able to focus on his sterling example of character and leadership. We look forward to the day, when once again, February 22 is marked by patriotic festivities and lessons about the life of George Washington, which can teach and inspire American leaders of today and tomorrow."

36 posted on 02/19/2012 3:50:40 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
Yes indeed!

Lincoln should have his own birthday honored as well.

37 posted on 02/19/2012 5:44:18 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: fortheDeclaration

38 posted on 02/19/2012 8:27:36 PM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: RoadTest
Where are our leaders with spine?


39 posted on 02/20/2012 12:14:06 AM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition
"We need to change the focus from celebrating sales at the mall to celebrating the significance of Washington’s birth to the birth of our nation."

Good luck with that ever happening. Liberal acadamia and pop culture has pretty much drummed that out of our childrens' minds.

40 posted on 02/20/2012 12:22:14 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: A Navy Vet

Sadly, I agree with you..........I had a long, grueling road trip today...when I got home, turned on the teevee to unwind a bit, and the first thing on was a commercial for *Washington’s Birthday* mattress sale...........I screamed!

We’re doomed.


41 posted on 02/20/2012 12:53:03 AM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

Cool pic! Where is that schoolhouse?


42 posted on 02/20/2012 1:05:39 AM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Oklahoma. ;)

http://www.rogermills.org/Museums/Museums_OneRoom.htm


43 posted on 02/20/2012 1:27:38 AM PST by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

T H A N K ! ! ! for the Correct Title of this holiday !!

Have been doing some ‘drive by’ postings this morning fixin
mis-assigned holiday names.


44 posted on 02/20/2012 6:56:32 AM PST by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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