17 Feb On February 17, we honor two great men whose vision and courage kept this country together in uncertain times.
George Washington didn’t want to be king of America, even though some of his peers felt the new nation should be ruled by a monarch; as the first President, he led the country for eight years with a modesty and character that were in stunning contrast to the emperors and despots elsewhere, creating the template for a successful leader of a democracy in the process.
Abraham Lincoln held a fractured nation together and upheld the principles articulated in the Constitution – principles of freedom, equality and opportunity – even though he had many opportunities to compromise those principles as the Civil War unfolded. He may have faced a harder task than any other President before or since.
All this is worth remembering with Presidents’ Day just ahead – a day commemorating the exemplary leadership of these two men and their enduring legacies. More than just a day off, it is also a day to remember the ways in which their leadership shaped America.
Kevin M. Nast is a financial advisor and the President of NastGroup Financial in Northville, MI 48167. He may be reached at nastgroupfinancial.com or 248.347.1888. Kevin also services clients in Farmington Hills, South Lyon, Northville, Plymouth, Canton and the surrounding metro Detroit area as well as 13 additional states across the US.
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