“When the birthday of Washington shall be forgotten, liberty will have perished from the earth”

President James Buchanan

“December 14, 1999 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of George Washington, America’s first and without question our most important President… It is appropriate that as America prepares to enter the 21st Century, we restore the celebration and commemoration of the birthday of the one man, George Washington, who most personifies our nation’s enduring ideals.” (excerpt from news release from Congressman Roscoe Bartlett).

Bartlett’s release goes on to say, “George Washington’s birthday is already a national holiday. There is a terrible and inaccurate misconception that it was changed to “President’s Day.” Let 1999 be the last year this misconception continues to prevail.”

Bartlett announced that he will be leading an effort in the Congress to restore recognition of the federal holiday which falls on the third Monday of February as “George Washington’s Birthday.

An even better idea would be to eliminate the federal “Monday holiday” and actually celebrate Washington’s Birthday on Washington’s birthday – February 22nd. But Bartlett is headed in the right direction.

Call you Congressman and tell him to support efforts to restore Washington’s Birthday. That ought to drive the revisionists nuts.

Tom DeWeese
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Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center and National Grassroots Coordinator for CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow) working to help local activists organize into Freedom Pods (www.CFACT.org). He is also the author of three books, including Now Tell Me I Was Wrong, ERASE, and Sustainable: the WAR on Free Enterprise, Private Property, and Individuals.