This is a little late because my inbox was crowded but it is never really too late to reflect on a great man versus a narcissist.
President’s Day is a time when we allegedly honor all the Presidents who served our great country but in fact as Heritage states below it is actually the day to honor our first President; George Washington. President Washington set the tone of the executive office for many years and although we have had a few bumps along the way, we have never until recently had a President who did not faithfully execute the laws of the country. As many of my readers know that is Barack Obama and what a shame that is. President’s Day is a time to honor George Washington and to see the difference between him and other presidents is fun and interesting until you reach the current President then it is shocking.
When Presidents Upheld the Law
Today is known as “President’s Day,” a three-day weekend retailers use to lend an air of Founding-era seriousness to their sales. But its legal name is Washington’s birthday—and how appropriate to reflect on a President who took his bearings from the Constitution while serving in office.
George Washington “understood himself to be the President of a Republic in which the people, through their elected representatives in Congress, make laws,” Heritage’s David Azerrad writes. As the chief executive, Washington recognized that his constitutional charge to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” was a duty rather than an optional responsibility to exercise at will. Laws, no matter how unpopular, had to be upheld, so long, of course, as they were constitutional.
Perhaps no law was more despised in Washington’s time than the excise tax on whiskey. It fell especially hard on farmers on the frontier of Pennsylvania, for whom whiskey was the drink of choice and grain the most lucrative crop. Washington saw the farmers’ violent resistance to the tax—the so-called Whiskey Rebellion—as a direct threat to the rule of law.