A Note on Calvin Coolidge

I sent this message to some of my friends last November:

In honor of my son (to be born in march- William “Calvin”), I thought I would share some facts about a man with the same name-

(The following information was compiled from Wikipedia and heritage.org)

Born on July 4th  1872 and was the 30th president of the US between 1923-1929 (warren harding died in office half way through his term and Coolidge, the vice president was sworn in at that point).  Did not seek re-election in 1929 even though he was favored to win, which would have been his second term.  Under his presidency, the federal debt was partially paid off  from $24 billion to $16.9 billion in 6 years.  He has been called the “great refrainer” and “Silent Cal”.  He saw the role of federal government to be less intrusive and made numerous uses of the ‘pocket veto” in order to stop unnecessary regulations from being made law. He said “It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.”  He is basically the opposite of what the presidency has become today.

Notable quotes-

“American ideals do not require to be changed so much as they require to be understood and applied.”

“A government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent necessity…is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny. It condemns the citizen to servitude.”

-“Economy in the Interest of All,” in Foundations of the Republic, p. 40.

It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. 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. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. (emphasis added)

-“The Inspiration of the Declaration.”

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