President’s Day

by Ryan on February 18, 2013

in Anything Else,Culture,History,Politics

Today we honor the 43 men who have been Presidents of the United States of America.  It wasn’t always this way.  Originally “Washington’s Birthday,” President’s Day has only recently referred to all presidents — a move primarily promoted by businesses looking to stoke patriotism as a way to sell more goods.

Quite frankly, some of our Presidents have sucked — Pierce, Buchanan, Carter, etc. come to mind.

Lately we’ve had a pretty poor slew of chief executives:  Bush, Clinton, Dubya, Obama.  Pretty weak group.  For the last twenty-four years we’ve seen an ever-expanding administrative state which seems to become less competent the larger it gets.  The last time we had so many consecutive poor executives was during the Gilded Age, but at least then the people had the good sense to replace them regularly!  We didn’t have to settle for “less bad than other other guy.”

Yet, we are also a nation which produced a George Washington, an Abraham Lincoln, and a Ronald Reagan.  Perhaps when the times require it, the people select leaders who do the right thing.  At least, I think we all like to hope that’s the case.

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