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21 February 2017 @ 06:29 am
One advantage of growing old (perhaps the only one other than the alternative) is remembering that things weren’t always like this. I know that “under God” wasn’t in the Original Pledge of Allegiance as Written by the Founding Fathers because I can remember the discomfort of adding it. When the Duck Dynasty speaks up for the Eternal Verities, I remember when one of the Eternal Verities in their part of the world was beating the crap out of anyone who looked like them. And I remember when there was no Presidents Day.

There were two holidays: the birthdays of Lincoln & Washington. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that in large parts of the country Lincoln was the cruel federal oppressor who deprived them of their God-given right to own dark-skinned people, and they were not about to wish the sumbitch a happy birthday. Presidents Day was a compromise, or perhaps a sellout.

Charles Pierce has some thoughts on the holiday.
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on February 21st, 2017 04:26 pm (UTC)
Pierce discusses exactly what the President is commander-in-chief of, i.e. the military and nothing else. I did notice during the W. administration a tendency of some of his enthusiasts to claim that it was disloyal not to support him, because he was our commander-in-chief. Occasionally in the Obama years I'd remember this and wonder if they still felt the same way (or had during Clinton's term).