As Americans celebrate Presidents’ Day this weekend, we recall the best of our leaders who used their gifts and overcame their flaws to secure liberty and freedom for our nation. None were perfect; yet each of those we honor contributed something vital to our nation and made us who we are today.
Unfortunately, too many want to erase these towering figures of American history from public life. School boards and municipalities have stripped facilities of names such as Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Monroe, and Roosevelt for offending contemporary sensibilities. This historical nihilism fails to recognize that these leaders deserve recognition not because they were perfect, but because they transcended their limitations and those of their times to advance the cause of liberty.
Rather than scorn these presidents in arrogant presumption of our own moral perfection, we should allow their courage and wisdom to inspire us to continue their mission in the cause of freedom.