Presidents Day? Maybe we should go back to celebrating Washington's birtday.

Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor ofGeorge Washington, the first President of the United States, who was born on February 22, 1732.[1] It can occur on the 15th through the 21st of February inclusive.[2]

Colloquially, the day is also now widely known as Presidents' Day and is often an occasion to honor the incumbent president and all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington.[3][4]

The day is a state holiday in most states, with official names includingWashington's Birthday, Presidents' Day,President's Day, and Washington's and Lincoln's Birthday.[3] Depending upon the specific law, the state holiday might officially celebrate Washington alone, Washington and Abraham Lincoln(whose birthday is February 12), or some other combination of U.S. presidents (such as Washington and the third president Thomas Jefferson, who was born in April).[3]

When used with the intention of celebrating more than one individual, the form "Presidents' Day" was usual in the past. In recent years, as the use of attributive nouns (nouns acting as modifiers) has become more widespread, the form "Presidents Day" has become more common;[29] theAssociated Press Stylebook, most newspapers and some magazines use this form.[30]

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Presidents Day can never be the same as it once was.Maybe we're better served by returning to the traditional day of celebrating and honoring the very first President of the United States and the Office of President. ....

And yes, for obvious reasons, I am conflicted and ambivalent about this suggestion.

However, consider this:

If Trump were Washington, our Democracy and the Republic would have been choked to death in infancy....

The Revolutionary War  would have been all for naught.

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Comment by Ron Powell on February 16, 2018 at 7:35pm

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 16, 2018 at 10:39pm

If Trump were Washington one his own soldiers would have bayonetted him. That said, while eighteenth century politics and race relations and culture still need to be looked at through a lense, we have to admit who was on the right side of what and who showed courage and leadership so it should be Washington's Day forever.

Trump has ruined it for good, but, I have to say that besides Obama being a stellar roll model, Nixon, Ford and certainly Bush the Lesser also denigrated the office. I also think Reagan did but the Right is awfully busy deifying him in another after the whitewash revision so that would cause too much howling. How about we rotate Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Truman and make the fifth year a vote on who actually also deserves consideration.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 17, 2018 at 1:20am

"a vote on who actually also deserves consideration...."

Trump’s name would come up sooneror later. ..

'Presidents Day ' is almost entirely a commercial device created to put calendar space between Valentine's Day and Washington's Birthday.

It also serves to obscure Lincoln's Birthday which the southern states would never observe as a holiday...

Comment by koshersalaami on February 17, 2018 at 6:51am

Nixon is a mixed bag. He understood what he was President of, which Trump absolutely does not, and while he did some things that were awful, like starting the Southern Strategy that Johnson knew was coming, he did a lot of very important things for his country. He was paranoid but also way competent. Founding the EPA, opening relations with China, nuclear arms limitation with the Soviets, getting us out of Vietnam are all his. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 17, 2018 at 10:13am

As much as I despise tRump and all he stands for, let us never forget that sixty-odd million of our fellow citizens voted for him, and that another ninety-odd million eligible voters wouldn't even get off their sorry asses and vote. Sad as it is to say, this country deserves what it gets when so many of its citizens fail to do what it is so obviously right and reject someone so obviously wrong.

Comment by Tom Cordle on February 17, 2018 at 10:16am

One more, if you can stand it. All you need to know about krapitalist Amerika is that President's Day has become a vehicle for hawking mattresses.

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 17, 2018 at 11:16am

Tom, President's Day and mattress sales should really go sky high this year, I mean, after the hookers urinate on them and the President is on the hook for buying them who the hell else would want want to make a purchase. Can you imagine, wanting to de-foul a mattress strictly because Obama and Michelle had once slept in it, and during the joke telling portion of the address he slayed Drumpf so brutally and easily that he actually ran for president to try and respond, not knowing the Russians would overlay a couple Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania algorithms and realize they could put him in as their lap dog. Someday, it will be funny ... not yet.

Comment by Ron Powell on February 17, 2018 at 11:37am

Let's not forget the car sales for "qualified buyers".

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