Musings from the Hill, Feb. 19, 2015
February means more to me than the celebration of Black History Month and the appearance, or lack thereof, of Mr. Groundhog. To me, February is a month to celebrate and commemorate the victories attained by our forebears under our founding father, Gen. George Washington. In last week’s column, I recognized our astounding defeat of the greatest power in the world by our forebears. I received many positive comments regarding the column. Now I would like to call to your attention the gross neglect of not recognizing or celebrating the birthdate of our first president, George Washington.
Three weeks ago, apparently, Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow in some states and not in others. In attendance at these events were men in formal apparel; dictated by Mr. Hog’s important status as a weather prophet. Feb. 12 was the birthdate of President Abraham Lincoln, who was assassinated for freeing the slaves. No special honor by well-dressed men appeared. President Lincoln’s birthday was usually noted in the northern states. When the Tom Swan family moved from the state of New York to New Mexico a girl yelled at them “Yankee go home!” Immediately, not to be outdone, Susan Swan stuck her head out of the car window and yelled “We won the war!” Good for her.
Martin Luther King Jr. was also assassinated for advocating equal rights for all citizens using only non-violent methods. Mr. King is the only person in the United States who has a special day set aside in his honor.
Yes, we do have a day to honor all our presidents — good, bad or indifferent. Surely we should have a day devoted solely to the father of our country, George Washington — thus inviting all citizens from far flung corners of the world, black or white, to celebrate liberty and justice for all. We became a country, the first in the world, not ruled by kings or tyrants. This was made possible by Gen. George Washington. Steadfast courageous people from all over the world stood their ground against overwhelming odds: led by a man devoted to an entirely new concept, “We, the people” beholden to no one, HERE WE STAND, “One nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all."
Citizens! Do you believe OUR nation’s failure to honor our first president and steadfast general should be rectified? This has no relation what so ever to race be we white, black or in between. If you are a citizen of the United States, you share the scene. No matter your political preference, rich or poor, male or female stand together as of yore. Give honor to what has gone before.
What can you and I do? Do not underestimate the Power of the Press! Yes! Your hometown newspaper —The Baldwin Signal. Arise citizens, make use of the power invested in every citizen of this great land.
“O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!”