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Top health official is reporting. That FORTY FOUR AMERICANS ACCORD TEEN CRUISE SHIP IN. Japan have been infected with the deadly corona virus. Hundreds are fleeing Jackson Mississippi as the Pearl River rises to its highest level in decades and authorities have confirmed the deaths of two men killed in a large avalanche in Colorado when diseases and disasters make daily headlines. It's easy to conclude that we're facing unprecedented challenges. So let's draw some encouragement from the president's. Who'S BIRTHDAYS? We celebrate today. Washington's birthday is United States Federal Holiday observed on the third Monday in February the day honors George Washington who was born on February twenty seconds. Seventeen thirty two. Some states also celebrate the birthday of Abraham Lincoln who was born in February Twelfth Eighteen. O Nine however most states have combined the two into President's Day S. apostrophe which is the usage in Texas and nine other states president's Day Apostrophe S. the usage in nine states or president's Day no apostrophe at all the usage in four states some states use the occasion to honor all of our presidents wherever we place the apostrophe it is fitting that we set aside a day to remember George Washington and Abraham Lincoln for what they did and significantly for what they did not do in the American story conversations with master historians David M Rubenstein interviews experts on some of the leading figures in American history. He begins of course with our first president. Rubinstein notes that Washington essentially invented the office of President and establish traditions practices still in use more than two hundred years later. He fulfilled three roles that helped birth our nation. I Washington led our troops to victory over the seemingly invincible British forces. Second he presided over the constitutional convention a gathering that was unlikely to have occurred much less succeeded without his presence third as the first US president he ensured that the new American government would work and set precedence that have helped to guide his successor's Americans are familiar with these remarkable achievements. But of us are less familiar with the crucial significance of what came next. In Washington's Day and ours generals who led revolutions usually held onto power as long as they could Washington could readily have had a third term and presumably served as president until his death? A Senate committee wanted to call him His Highness. The president of the United States and the protector of their liberties. He refused such an imperial title and a third term allowing the American people to elect his successor and thus ensuring that our democratic experiment would become a reality in a day when the world was ruled by kings and emperors in crowns in robes. He shows the now familiar. Gilbert Stuart Portrait to wear a simple black suit at the end of Washington. Second Presidential Term England's King George. The third said if George Washington gives up power as I hear he's going to. He's the greatest man in the world in many ways he was Rubinstein interviewed. Doris Kerns Goodwin. And our sixteenth president. She noted that when the Republican contenders for president were photographed. Probably in eighteen fifty. Nine Abraham Lincoln was not even mentioned. William seward was expected to be the nominee salmon p chase and Edward Bates were the other candidates with the largest support. Lincoln never attacked the other three during the Republican convention. He knew he would not be the delegates first preference so he positioned himself as their second choice. When seward filled to gain majority in the first ballot delegates began considering Lincoln who won the nomination on the third ballot. Most politicians would have moved to de legitimize such powerful rivals but Lincoln did the opposite. He immediately reached out to his rivals with letters. That said. I'm the humblest of all of you. I need your support. The three ended up campaigning for him. Then joined his cabinet when he won and their leadership was indispensable. Throughout Lincoln's administration and the preservation of the Union without the humility of George Washington our republic could have become a monarchy before it began without the humility of Abraham Lincoln. Our Union could have been discovered forever. The best way to honor them is to follow their example. The first temptation is the root of all temptation. You will be like God Friedrich Nietzsche correctly observed that the will to power is the basic drive in human nature. Today's a good day to remember that when pride comes then comes disgrace and humility comes before honor to make progress with humility consider. Rick Warren's observation humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less and thinking more of your Lord. Cs Lewis. A proud man is always looking down on things and people and of course as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you. Are you looking down or up today? Did you know that the daily Article podcast is available on most major podcast platforms? It's also an Alexa flash briefing perfect for your morning routine consider subscribing to the daily article. Podcast on your preferred podcasting platform and thank you for listening today..