Today is Presidents’ Day, which is the poorest conceived addition to our holiday calendar.
This holiday did not start out as Presidents’ Day. It began as a day to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, who was so much more to our Founding than just serving as president. But then came Abraham Lincoln, whose February birthday falls just a few days from Washington’s. So with two giants right next to each other, it made sense to combine the celebrations. Unfortunately this snowballed into a day to honor all the presidents, giving Franklin Pierce and James Buchanan the same recognition that Washington and Lincoln receive.
Leave it to the big brother government to step-in and handout a trophy to everyone for participation. So you’ll have to forgive me for saying, “happy George Washington’s birthday,” because saying “happy Presidents’ Day” just doesn’t line up with our Constitution and our separate, but equal, branches of government.