Today is the day we celebrate President’s Day. According to History.com, this holiday came to be to celebrate Washington’s birthday, and then got moved for the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. And, as the site mentions, along with Lincoln’s birthday on 2/12, it is now basically considered a holiday to celebrate all presidents.
I want to share a few quotes from our first president to celebrate his birthday (2/22), and the reason for the holiday. From Brainy Quotes:
~ If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
~ Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
~ The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.
Wow, right? How prescient, how prophetic. Anyone who says that those who wrote the Constitution could not possibly know what we would be facing today are so, so wrong. They knew how government can become. They fought a revolution against the tyranny of a government, for heaven’s sake – who would know BETTER than they?
And I thought the following quotes were interesting in light of the current raging debate over gun control:
~ Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples’ liberty’s teeth.
~ The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.
And there ya have it.
A few more from our first president:
~ I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country.
~ The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.
~ Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
~ It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. (Read more HERE.)
It is not hard to see why President Washington was called out of retirement to join the Constitutional Convention. A man with this intellectual, moral, and patriotic sensibilities, is exactly the kind of person who needed to be a part of that groundbreaking, monumental undertaking. And he is a man all Americans can be proud of having as the first president of the United States.
Speaking of pride in the United States, here are the Teas Tenors performing, “Proud To Be An American”:
What nice voices these men have!
On another note, my friend, Katmoon’s post is a very nice companion piece to my post on the conversation with Dr. Benjamin Carson on Sunday, “Think For Yourself & Open Thread.” Kat makes some good points, and also highlights some independent thinkers and writers in her post. I recommend her post to you.
Have a good President’s Day! Feel free to share your favorite quote(s) from Washington, or any other presidents that are meaningful to you. And feel free to share anything else at this Open Thread.