Why Is President’s Day on a Different Day Each Year?
As part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, the U.S. government decided that, starting in 1971, as many holidays as possible would occur on a Monday in order to increase the number of three-day weekends working people had. There were many famous presidents with birthdays around February, and George Washington’s birthday had been officially celebrated on February 22 for nearly a century. So, it seemed a natural choice to replace the one holiday celebrating Washington, with a single Monday celebrating all presidents.
Presidents and the Second Amendment
Several early American presidents participated in the writing of the Constitution, so it should come as no surprise that they were in favor of the Second Amendment. Selected quotes are represented below, for your consideration.
“The Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” – James Madison
Madison, the fourth president of the United States correctly points out that the nature of America as a country of armed people, free to choose their government through the electoral process, (or to remove it should it prove tyrannical) is unique.
“No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms (within his own lands or tenements)” – Thomas Jefferson, in an early draft of the Virginia Constitution.
In writing the Virginia Constitution, Jefferson illustrates the link in his mind between freedom and access to arms. Clearly, the experience of the Founding Fathers leading up to the Revolution illustrated the significance of the ability to resist one’s own government.
“I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.” – Thomas Jefferson, offering advice to his nephew on how to exercise.
Sound advice from Jefferson, this is a great quote not only for its accuracy, but also the window it provides into what sort of a man he was. In fact he placed 1st (August 20, 1768) and 2nd (September 30, 1769) in two local shooting competitions during his day, and kept detailed records of his regular firearm purchases, and gunsmithing needs.
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