The Watcher’s Council

George Washington’s birthday was February 22nd, 1732. His birthday used to be celebrated as a special day, separate and unique to him, as befitted the man who was the Father of our country. Nowadays, he’s lumped in with all the others in something called ‘President’s Day’ while lesser men have special days of their own. I have never quite gotten used to that ingratitude.

Our Revolution was unique in that it was not class based, but anchored on the simple principle that Americans were entitled to G-d given rights and liberties as free men, not mere subjects of a foreign crown. Contrary to popular belief, there was not universal support in the American Colonies for that position.

George Washington was a man of wealth and property in what was then considered middle age. He could have chosen to sit things out, as many others in his position did. Instead, like the other Founders, he chose to risk his life, fortune and sacred honor to join in what then must have seemed a lost cause, sheer fantasy, the idea that a hastily mustered and ill-financed colonial army could win a war against a major world power.

Had the fortunes of war gone against him and the Rebellion put down, George Washington, along with the other Founders knew full well he would have been hung as a traitor to the British Crown. He didn’t hesitate to risk everything for what he thought was right.

General Washington endured years of privation, defeat and dark times when the war seemed lost. It was his example that kept the starving, ragged army together; the army he eventually led to victory against all odds. At Yorktown, the band played an old tune called ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ and perhaps no one who was there felt that turning more than George Washington. But the most amazing thing was yet to come.

As the hero of the new American Nation, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be its first leader. It was his honorable conduct and his leadership that played a huge part in keeping the diverse Colonies together and there was nothing to stop him from taking absolute power for his own. Instead he became our first president, a servant to the people of our Republic and refused to keep power longer than eight years when he could have hung on to it for life. George Washington was an amazing man who set the standard by which our presidents are measured. As far as I’m concerned his birth should be widely and joyously celebrated by his posterity, for when a nation forgets its great men, its heroes, it loses something precious and fine.

Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, Blazing Cat Fur, Simply Jews and The People’s Cube earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an email address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

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