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Mount Rushmore: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln
There's been a lot written this weekend about President's Day, most of it the usual collection of what it means, how to best mark the holiday (other than red tag sales), etc. But this op-ed by Werner Lange in yesterday's Chicago Tribune caught my eye... He argues that we should do away with President's Day altogether:
What or whom are we really celebrating on this day? The office or the occupant? An individual or an institution? All the presidents, past, present and future? Even the impeached and impeachable ones? The corrupt as well as the incorruptible? Peacemakers along with warmongers? The good, the bad and the ugly?
Not all presidents were worthy ones. Some were completely worthless.
And Lange goes on to point out that we've had drunks, racists, and short-timers in the White House, and of course one recent President who was forced to resign (Nixon), and one who was never elected (Ford).
So, who should we celebrate on President's Day? Washington and Lincoln, he argues; Anything further only dilutes the meaning of the holiday.
Agree? Disagree? Should we do away with President's Day and instead only celebrate the actual birthdays of Pres. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington?