Abraham Lincoln

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Presidents Day is the only way in which some Presidents would ever get a national day of honor.

When Richard Nixon issued a proclamation moving Washington’s Birthday from Feb. 22 to the third Monday of the month, retailers began calling it Presidents Day and it stuck.

That’s why Tricky Dick and Bill Clinton and a few others are included in what should still be observed as Washington’s Birthday in honor of the Father of our Country.

Washington deserved that singular honor. Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day in 1809, deserves honoring as well.

But we wonder how long it will be before even the memory and deeds of Washington and Lincoln are torn down and tossed on the ashheap of history.

After all, George Washington owned slaves.

And it took President Abraham Lincoln practically forever to issue the Emancipation Proclamation and even when he “got around to it,” it only freed slaves in the Confederate States.

When Lincoln won the Civil War, he turned right around and let the Confederate soldiers go home — with their rifles!

We would like to think this is sarcasm but the slow degradation of the history that made America great, if we may use that term, may soon grind it into dust.