Today is Presidents Day. Would you say that this holiday has lost something? Has the presidency lost its grandeur, even its respect?
Presidents Day was a mash-up of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but that plural (not possessive) honors them all. Most of our presidents, beyond those great two, were far from paragons. But as we contemplate the current presidential election and the candidates we have to choose from, do you find the prospects for that office rather depressing?
Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) says that we have defined the presidency down. He gives some choice and rather funny characterizations of four of the contenders, which I quote after the jump. But his analysis of why our standards have sunk so low is thought-provoking. I’ll try to summarize it. [Read more…]