As we celebrate George Washington’s 280th birthday, and Abraham Lincoln’s 203rd birthday this month, I can’t help but think the achievements of our great American leaders aren’t given enough credit. Their wise words are lost in the hyper-partisan political climate of today’s world.
So, this Presidents Day, I ask you to pause and remember the political courage of our nation’s greatest leaders.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.”
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: “It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.”
THEODORE ROOSEVELT: “Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.”
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”
We must also remember that more important than the words they spoke, were the actions they took at critical times in the history of the United States – to preserve it, to improve it, to guide it, and to build it.
Those presidents who were great presidents had visions and dreams for America that were larger than themselves. Their purpose aimed this country toward goals many considered unattainable.
I remember what Harry S. Truman said about the promise our our nation.
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbounded determination to do the job at hand.”
God Bless you, and God Bless the United States of America.