The children in that America learned about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and most of the other presidents, and even knew the dates during which they served. They learned to admire these men and some of the children even hoped they would grow up and be like them.
Then, something happened. Learning about the presidents and saying the pledge and studying the constitution became old fashioned. Teachers argued that memorization was a waste of time and who cared what dates people served, anyway? The pledge became a thing of the past because there might be children from other countries there and their sensitivities were more important than that of the vast majority of American children. All that children in America did for years and years now became not only old fashioned but deplorable to some who lived in this land. Suddenly, children knew President's Day was a day off from school, but they weren't quite sure to which presidents they owed this stroke of luck. They wondered if two presidents might have been born on that same Monday but weren't sure which ones. To be honest, by this time, the children weren't sure what a president did. They heard people arguing about them and screaming at each other on television about which was better but they didn't know if that mattered or why those adults had to get so angry. And it seemed to them, from TV, that only Democrat presidents were good, but that's really all they knew.
This country called America didn't do too well after that. These children who didn't know anything about presidents or the constitution or much else about the country started wondering what exactly America WAS after all. Why would anybody fight for it? Why be proud of it? Why put its interest first? Some even got into college and wondered why we had been so great and wasn't it time to give another country the chance to be a world power, but when people asked those kids which other country they might suggest, they couldn't think of one. Didn't some other country have great people who founded it and greater people still who continued that drive to be the best, to help other lands through amazing generosity, to be a beacon to those who hoped to come from lands lacking opportunity? No. Odd, but they couldn't think of one. Maybe they were living in the most exceptional country in the world, maybe they did have great opportunity, maybe it was worth fighting for.......could that BE? And, just maybe, those presidents were on to something?
Is it silly to suggest the fact that we celebrate President's Day without names mentioned is problematic to this country? Is it a huge stretch to think our children not knowing which presidents got them a day off is metaphorical for something bigger, far, far worse?
I'm not sure. I hope not.
What do you think?