Letter to the Editor
Presidents Day – Time For Celebration or Mourning
February 20, 2018 – The third Monday in February is marked by a somewhat special occasion, Presidents Day. A time to celebrate the accomplishments of brave men who have graced our great country with their service as President of the United States. (We say men because this country still buys into some antiquated notion that women belong anywhere other than the oval office, unless they’re smoking cigars, serving coffee or on their knees.)
But few people probably realize that it wasn’t a holiday created to honor all U.S. Presidents, it was originally known as Washington’s Birthday. That’s right, it was specifically created to honor George Washington, a man deserving of this observance, mostly, he did own 317 slaves. But he did give them freedom upon his wife’s death so he has that going for him, hooray!
It was the fourth nationally recognized federal bank holiday, joining the ranks with Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Washington’s Birthday was the first holiday to celebrate an individual American—the second was Martin Luther King Jr. in 1983.
Today the holiday is considered a time to celebrate and honor all U.S. Presidents past and present. But do they all deserve such distinction? Have they all held the interest of the people as the catalyst for their policies? The simple answer, hell no.
Because even former Presidents who served with distinction have made monumental blunders. Take FDR for example. Often ranked among the top three U.S. Presidents among scholars, alongside Washington and Lincoln, Roosevelt was the commander and chief in 1937 when the Marihuana Tax Act was sworn into law, basically starting the federal prohibition of cannabis.
So, while FDR was responsible for Social Security, minimum wage, and the United Nations, he was also the man in charge when our country allowed the interests of a few (Hearst & the DuPont company) to limit legal access to weed.
And while we at The Nug Nation appreciate having a 3 day weekend, we don’t necessarily celebrate having our rights trampled on by special interests, whether those interests are individuals or corporations (wait, are those the same now?). Kinda nice to know that not that much as changed in the last 80 years huh?
So in honor of Presidents Day, roll a big fat blunt and smoke yourself into a stupor. Because while some things haven’t changed in almost a hundred years, some have, even if our federal government has yet to get on board.
-The Nug Nation Team
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