Brightness to the Sun

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This is the one hundred and tenth anniversary of the birth-day of Washington. We are met to celebrate this day. Washington is the mightiest name of earth — long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation. On that name, an eulogy is expected. It cannot be. To add brightness to the sun, or glory to the name of Washington, is alike impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked deathless splendor, leave it shining on.

Abraham Lincoln, February 22, 1842

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  1. George Washington, our First President and Founding Father must be celebrated on his own day because if it were not for George Washington, our First President, we, the people would not have presidents, we would have kings.
    We, the people would not be free men acknowledged as sovereign persons, who as citizens, institute the sovereign state, we the people would be subjects.

  2. [I]f it were not for George Washington, . . . we, the people would not have presidents, we would have kings.

    The Mingo half-king Tanaghrisson might have had a little to do with it,

    he quipped.

  3. We could have had Hillary &/or Obama. But we almost certainly would have had Eisenhower for a third term, and maybe Reagan as well.

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