Good morning patriots, and happy President’s Day!
Many of you have today off from work to honor our nation’s Chief Executives.
I am sure many of you are spending this sacred holiday with your family discussing your favorite presidents and the many contributions they have made to our country. You probably opened gifts under your cherry tree in honor of President Washington or admitted all the times you have told a “white lie,” in honor of “Honest Abe” Lincoln.
Let’s be honest: you probably slept in and are currently binge-watching Netflix, aren’t you?
Because that’s how most of us celebrate.
But in all seriousness, today is a day to look back on our nation’s 45 presidents and celebrate their contribution to our great country.
George Washington was referred to as the “Father of Our Nation.” He led a rugged band of rebels to a victory over the British, stunning the world and giving us our independence. He steered the nation through the early days of our republic. And then he did something even more unheard of: he stepped down from power after two terms. He could have been a king, but instead, he went back to Mt. Vernon and lived out the rest of his life as a citizen.
Thomas Jefferson expanded the nation to the west with the Louisiana Purchase.
James Madison led the nation to victory in the War of 1812, even with the presidential manor being burned to the ground in the process.
“Old Hickory” Andrew Jackson ignited a populist movement that landed him in the White House.
James K. Polk continued America’s “manifest destiny” by further extending the border westward through blood and toil in the Mexican War.
Abraham Lincoln saved the Union and, in the process, reminded us to channel “the better angels in our nature.” His life was tragically cut short by an assassins’ bullet. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
The amazingly-adventurous life of Teddy Roosevelt is unmatched by any other president. He hunted in the wilds of the Amazon, boxed with a champion fighter on the grounds of the White House, and led the “rough riders” to battle during the Spanish-American War.
Calvin Coolidge was known as “Silent Cal.” He is often a forgotten president, living up to his quiet reputation even after his death. It is a shame that more Americans don’t know about him. He was perhaps the nation’s most conservative president until Ronald Reagan. Reagan was inspired by Coolidge and had a bust of him in the Oval Office.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt kept America’s spirits high during the dark days of World War II. He famously declared war on the Japanese following the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The following day, he proclaimed to the world that “December 7th, 1941 will be a day that lives in infamy.” Tragically, he died before the end of the war, but his legacy of leadership lives on.
John F. Kennedy was our nations’ youngest elected president and inspired America to go to the moon, which we did by the end of the 1960s.
Following the malaise of the Carter years and the inflation-wrecked economy of the 1970s, Ronald Regan reignited the American spirit and defeated Communism during the Cold War. He was known as “the Great Communicator” for good reason. No one—with the exception of Lincoln—has spoken more eloquently on what it means to be an American.
George W. Bush showed strong leadership in the days and months following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that forever changed America—and the world—forever.
Now, we have another president who is putting America first. Love him or hate him, there is no denying that there has never been a president like Donald J. Trump. He doesn’t follow the typical presidential playbook. He came to Washington to “drain the swamp,” and boy, he sure has!
On this President’s Day, let’s recommit ourselves to teaching our children and grandchildren what it means to be American There is no country on earth like the United States. America was founded on the principle of liberty, but liberty is under attack today by the radical Left. Let’s reaffirm the promise of America and stand strong in our convictions.
In his farewell address to America, President Reagan had a warning for the country. He said the following:
If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I am warning of an eradication of that—of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.
Let’s start with some basics – more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual. And let me offer lesson No. 1 about America : All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American – let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.”
Let’s heed Reagan’s warning and teach our kids about the greatness of America.
Keep the legacies of these amazing men going.
Happy President’s Day!
—The Freedom Wire team.