It's an annual tradition.
Here's the song
“A free people claim their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” Thomas Jefferson, 1774
"Avarice, ambition, revenge and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. " John Adams to Massachusetts Militia Oct 11, 1798