February 22, 2018
Today is the birthday of George Washington. This birthday was a holiday when I was a kid. That was before we made three day weekends and honored all the presidents, whether they deserved honor or not. By all accounts Washington was a great and substantial and significant character. A man of integrity.* His life and legacy are the direct antithesis of the degraded office and dissipated character of the current president whom we were supposed to recognize last Monday as one of the 44 who came after the First.
“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”
*note: Washington was, by no means, a perfect man nor model. He owned slaves! A man of his times, he is to be judged and condemned along with his times. Still, he was a great man among great men.
(Portrait above by Ken Corbett, after the iconic portrait of Washington by Gilbert Stuart)