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  • Happy Birthday Calvin Coolidge

    America’s birthday is also that of Calvin Coolidge, the only president born on the Fourth of July. Though best remembered as “Silent Cal,” Coolidge is one of the most eloquent defenders of America’s principles. And the Declaration of Independence received his highest praise: “If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions.”

    An experienced public servant, Coolidge served as a city councilman, city solicitor, mayor of Northampton, state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor of Massachusetts before joining presidential candidate Warren G. Harding’s quest to return the country to “normalcy.” He took the presidential oath in the early morning on August 3, 1923, following Harding’s death. Under Coolidge, normalcy would not simply mean the absence of a world war; it would mean a return to the principles of America’s Founding.

    One thing is for sure. Coolidge understood the Founders and the principles they articulated.

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    7 Responses to Happy Birthday Calvin Coolidge

    1. adamkon1104 says:

      One of our most underrated Presidents. He’s also Ronald Regan’s favorite President which makes him okay in my book.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Nice write. Julie!

      Thank goodness for those of our past that respected equality of humanity and respected their differences. Men of inner strength, integrity and good will. Rarely seen in either gender in government leadership today but especially removed from the choice of one party of government. They know exactly who they are.

      Happy Birthday, Cal!

    3. John Hilferty says:

      Fine article.

      During Coolidge’s term as President the federal budget was balanced, debt was reduced, taxes cut, and credit was made available to all who earned it.

      Though scorned and ridiculed by the elitists of his day, present studies of his presidency show that Coolidge stood far above most recent chief executives in character, leadership and in guiding the nation towards economic success.

      Advisors in the White House today ought to recommend Coolidge’s prose to President Obama, who if truly as open-minded as he thinks he is, will find that no other modern-day President’s prose is matched in wisdom, eloquence and good advice as that of Silent Cal.

      Some examples from The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge:

      “It has become the custom in our country to expect all Chief Executives, from the President down, to conduct activities analogous to an entertainment bureau. No occasion is too trivial for its promoters to invite them to attend and deliver and address.”

      “The people would not have confidence in a man that appeared to be grasping for office.”

      “It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness.”

      “They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exaltation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant.”

      And lastly: “I saw that a public debt was a burden on all the people in a community, and while it was necessary to meet the needs of a disaster it cost much in interest and ought to be retired as soon as possible.”

    4. Wildcat D-town, PA says:

      It is sad to look back at the content of American History curriculum in our public schools to routinely find they mostly ignore the acheivements of President Coolidge and the policies that brought forth those noteworthy acheivements. When it comes to the period of American history from 1900 to 1945 they tend to spend most of their effort on Teddy Roosevelt and trust busting efforts, the Bull Moose party, Woodrow Wilson with his League of Nations and WWI, Hoover and the beginning of the Great Depression, FDR and all the alphabet agencies along with the beginning of Social Security (but fails to include all the radical Progressive policies he pursued and actions he took that got him in trouble), his extension of the Great Depression and worsening of the magnitude by implementing his "make work" agencies and WWII. While they may touch on The Teapot Dome scandal, they have demonstrated a strong tendency to blatantly ignore Coolidge. Ever wonder why?

    5. Edwin Benson says:

      Calvin Coolidge is my favorite 20th century president, including Ronald Reagan. A great historian of American business, the late Robert Sobel referred to him as the only truly Jeffersonian president of the United States, including Jefferson. I have used that line on my liberal friends, and they have trouble refuting it.

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