My Yearly Rant for small “p” president’s day

Because it is my blog and this whole small p president’s day thing pisses me off- I am going to repost this entry.

NO, Nixon, Carter and Obama DO NOT deserve the same praise and recognition as President Washington or President Lincoln. (Us old timers remember when these were two separate holidays- Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday!)

This is more new age BS- give everybody a trophy or ribbon for participation.

Kind of like how they give the Nobel Peace Prize now?

Never fails that when I start looking things up I learn something.

President’s Day or Washington’s Birthday

“Well, according to the federal government, the holiday observed on the third Monday in February is officially Washington’s Birthday. But many Americans believe that this holiday is now called “Presidents’ Day,” in honor of both Presidents Washington and Lincoln, whose birthdays are Feb. 22 and Feb. 12, respectively. It turns out that whether you honor one or the other or both of these presidents may depend on where you live.”

The Monday Holidays Act of 1968 moved Washington’s Birthday to the third Monday in February. Attempts to change the name of the holiday to “President’s Day” have never been successful. The same article linked above reminded me that States set the holidays and are not obligated to accept Federal holidays.

No matter what the law calls it most people now use “president’s Day” (and yes I used a small ‘p’ on purpose.) We have gone from honoring the First President to a holiday that is essentially a commercial event. Wouldn’t want the American people to get the insane idea that we have actually had some heroes in our history now would we? Though Federal law still recognizes Washington’s birthday I don’t hear any uproar when we reduce the day to small p president’s day- as if all the Presidents were somehow equal in their contributions and character. Everybody is a winner! Being second – or God forbid being a failure- is bad! “All animals are equal.”

What is the message American’s get for this day?? BUY BUY BUY!!! Are they even teaching Washington in school anymore???

What would Washington himself say?? Here is what he DID say!

Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.

Some advice our current crop of politicians- especially the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave should heed-

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

And two I think the citizens of this country should apply BEFORE they vote!

Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Happy Birthday- a few days early- Mr. President!

And Happy Birthday to Susan B Anthony- whose actual birthday is today! (Feb 15, 1820) Susan was one of the mothers of the women’s rights movement.

Read about Ms. Anthony here

Susan’s first involvement in the world of reform was in the temperance movement. This was one of the first expressions of original feminism in the United States and it dealt with the abuses of women and children who suffered from alcoholic husbands. In 1849, Susan gave her first public speech for the Daughters of Temperance and then helped found the Woman’s State Temperance Society of New York, one of the first organizations of its time. In 1851 she went to Syracuse to attend a series of antislavery meetings. During this time Susan met Elizabeth Cady Stanton, became fast friends and joined Stanton and Amelia Bloomer in campaigns for women’s rights. In 1854, she devoted herself to the antislavery movement serving from 1856 to the outbreak of the civil war,1861. Here, she served as an agent for the American Anti-slavery Society. After, she collaborated with Stanton and published the New York liberal weekly, “The Revolution” (1868-70) which called for equal pay for women.
In 1872, Susan demanded that women be given the same civil and political rights that had been extended to black males under the 14th and 15th amendments. Thus, she led a group of women to the polls in Rochester to test the right of women to vote. She was arrested two weeks later and while awaiting trial, engaged in highly publicized lecture tours and in March 1873, she tried to vote again in city elections. After being tried and convicted of violating the voting laws, Susan succeeded in her refusal to pay the fine. From then on she campaigned endlessly for a federal woman suffrage amendment through the National Woman Suffrage Association (1869-90) and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (1890-1906) and by lecturing throughout the country.
Anthony, along with Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage published the History of Woman Suffrage 4 vol (1881-1902) In 1888 she organized the International Council of Women and in 1904 the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. Although Anthony did not live to see the consummation of her efforts to win the right to vote for women, the establishment of the 19th amendment is deeply owed to her efforts.

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But the whole fact that we have no holiday’s recognizing any of the great women of our country is the subject of a whole ‘nother post!

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3 Responses

  1. And a Happy Susan B. Anthony Day to you too!

  2. I have been saying this for years. How about happy Freddy Douglass day? The dude was a bad arse. Educated himself, and kicked his master’s rear to eran his freedom. Talk about some conservative core values. 🙂

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