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Learning From Lincoln

George Washington was lauded as “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen,” in the words of Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. But even our nation’s first president couldn’t prevail over the desire for a three-day weekend.

Washington’s birthday, which falls on Feb. 22, was celebrated for decades on the actual day. But then, according to the History Channel’s website, “the holiday became popularly known as Presidents Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.”

The result: Our first president—as well as President Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday falls on this day—are simply swallowed up in the name “Presidents Day”—which, the History Channel notes, “is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.”

That is, simply put, ridiculous. Are we seriously expected to put Washington on par with the scandal-ridden Warren G. Harding? Or place the Great Emancipator on the same level as James Buchanan, whose inability to deal with the slavery question helped hurtle the nation to the brink of civil war?

Read the full story from The Daily Signal

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