There is no official “Presidents Day”, no matter what TV talking heads and your calendars say. You do not have to celebrate James Buchanan, Jimmy Carter nor, God forbid, Barack Hussein Obama.
There was an attempt to rename today’s national holiday years ago to consolidate the celebration of birthdays of The Great Emancipator with the Father of our Country. That attempt failed. In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays Act, which moved the official observance of Washington’s birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday in February. Some “reformers” had wanted to change the name of the holiday as well, to Presidents’ Day, in honor of both Lincoln and Washington, but that proposal was rejected by Congress, and the holiday remained officially “Washington’s Birthday”.The quests for the immortality of Millard Fillmore, Warren G. Harding and Martin Van Buren goes on. There is no generic celebration of presidents, nor should there be.
Meanwhile, today we celebrate the officially named Washington’s Birthday holiday, as always. The following are legal public national holidays according to The Law, i.e. the U.S. Code of Laws, Title 5, Part III (e)(61) Section 6103:
- New Year’s Day, January 1
- Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., the third Monday in January
- Washington’s Birthday, the third Monday in February
- Memorial Day, the last Monday in May
- Independence Day, July 4
- Labor Day, the first Monday in September
- Columbus Day, the second Monday in October
- Veterans Day, November 11
- Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November
- Christmas Day, December 25
General George Washington joined thousands who fought and fell on the battlefield so that we could ordain and establish self government based on the Rule of Law, as opposed to the tyrannies of the rule of men, whether they be kings, despots or judicial oligarchs. He nearly lost his life many times leading Revolutionary War battles. As our first President he astounded the world by peacefully giving up power to a successor chosen by We the People.
“Reformers” tried to water down this date but the true reformer was the man whose birth we celebrate today. The man who, according the legend, admitted chopping down a cherry tree and went on to chop down the barriers to Liberty so that men could truly live free.
George Washington was truly the first “One man with courage [who] makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson