Failure to Honor Washington: a Triumph of the Left

By: Greg Halvorson
On this, what would have been George Washington’s 279th birthday week,
Americans will go about their business, a free people, without
acknowledging – nor celebrating – the man whose toil on their behalf
was measureless.  I say “free people,” sadly aware that we’re becoming
less free, and that diminution of Washington symbolizes the push to
“alter” history to make this so.

This, of course, derives from the Left, which spreads tales – false
ones – of racism amongst the Founders, and which last year had members
of the NAACP hide the General from view.  Indeed, they boxed him in,
shielding the Offender, even as they praised the author of the line,
“Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

And now “President’s Day” disrespects George again.  The equivalent of
“every leader gets a prize,” it mocks history, inspires no one, and
displays the lengths to which fools go to be foolish.  There is no par
between George Washington and James Polk, between Thomas Jefferson and
Millard Fillmore, and to assert otherwise says: 1) that no president
is different from any other; 2) that individuals must bow to the
Collective; and 3) that history is a dull, generic ride.

False on each count.  When you honor everyone, you honor no one, and
honor becomes meaningless.  The name of the law which created
President’s Day – The Uniform Monday Holiday Act – is absurd, much
like the mush it inspired.  Debating the bill, Rep. Dan Kuykendall
(R-TN), foresaw the outcome:

“If we do this - change the date of the Washington holiday – ten years
from now our children will not know what February 22 means.  They will
not know or care when George Washington was born.  They will know only
that in the middle of February, they will have a three-day weekend for
some reason…. This will come.”

It has.  The progressive effort to rewrite history and to demonize –
and erase – the Founders has succeeded.  General Washington is now
less revered than Lady GaGa. Obscurer still is the honor President
Coolidge bestowed on him:

“Wherever men love liberty, wherever they believe in patriotism,
wherever they exalt high character, by universal consent they invoke
the name of George Washington.  No occasion could be conceived more
worthy, more comprehensibly American, than that which is chosen to
commemorate this divinely appointed captain.”

Divinely appointed captain. (ITALICIZE)

Makes one wish His Excellency were alive.  And that somehow, through
Providence, he could lead us again.

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