Yesterday, Congress passed a bill which will:
1. Increase taxes on everyone.
2. Increase the national debt.
3. Increase the size of government.
The politicians are slapping themselves on the back, boasting that they have avoided the so-called fiscal cliff. But what they have really done is place America on the road to serfdom. A road that leads directly through China, a Communist country that is merrily financing America’s crushing debt, an amoral tyranny that owns the future of your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Which brings us to Calvin Coolidge.
Calvin Coolidge (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) our 30th President, has, courtesy of the Democrat-Liberal-Progressive-Leftist smear machine, become the object of ridicule, a stiff, humorless New Englander, a Grant Wood cartoon in top hat, and thin pale lips, “Silent Cal.”
But Coolidge was one of America’s wisest and most prudent leaders. His modest autobiography is, along with the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, one of the finest, most eloquent American narratives I have ever read. Coolidge was an American to the very marrow. He believed in charity, hard work, thrift, deregulation, lower taxes, G-d, a rigorous liberal arts education, and baseball. Coolidge understood the dangers of big government, the virtues of family, and the civic-mindedness of business leaders.
I know, this all sounds very quaint to those who live in Obamaland.
Coolidge was famous for his tight-lipped manner. He didn’t yammer on and on, and he certainly was not fixated on Calvin Coolidge. This, in deep contrast to Barack Hussein Obama who delights in talking us into a coma, and without fail, lecturing us on the greatness of, who else? Barack Hussein Obama. Endlessly.
We live in an age where our politicians and the chattering classes act as if their actions are without consequences. Calvin Coolidge, with uncommon common sense, understood the simple equation between action and reaction.
Coolidge on Taxes:
As I went about with my father when he collected taxes, I knew that when taxes were laid someone had to work to earn the money to pay them. I saw that a public debt was a burden on all 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.
Coolidge on the Constitution:
During my first term I began algebra and finished grammar. For some reason I was attracted to civil government and took that. This was my first introduction to the Constitution of the United States. Although I was but thirteen years old the subject interested me exceedingly. The study of it which I then began has never ceased, and the more I study it the more I have come to admire it, realizing that no other document devised by the hand of man ever brought so much progress and happiness to humanity. The good it has wrought can never be measured.
Coolidge on Higher Education and Religion:
Amherst [college] had been founded by pious men with the chief object of training students to overcome the unbelief which was then thought to be prevalent, that religious instruction was a part of the prescribed course, and that those who chose to remain would have to take it. If attendance on these religious services ever harmed any of the men of my time I have never been informed of it. The good it did I believe was infinite. Not the least of it was the discipline that resulted from having constantly to give some thought to things that young men would often prefer not to consider. If we did not have the privilege of doing what we wanted to do, we had much greater benefit of doing what we ought to do. It broke down our selfishness, it conquered our resistance, it supplanted impulse, and finally it enthroned reason.
Coolidge on Work:
Our talents are given us in order that we may serve ourselves and our fellow men. Work is the expression of intelligent action for a specified end. It is not industry, but idleness that is degrading. All kinds of work from the most menial service to the most exalted station are alike honorable. One of the earliest mandates laid on the human race was to subdue the earth. That meant work.
Michele Bachmann was asked which President she would carve into Mount Rushmore. Her first response was Ronald Reagan. Then, after some reflection, she added Calvin Coolidge. Of course, the media and the elites laughed.
And Sarah Palin, in her book “America by Heart”, praises a speech Coolidge gave on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
Palin and Bachmann, as usual, had it right.
Which is why the left demonized these two spectacular ladies. There is nothing more dangerous to a Democrat than a smart, beautiful, articulate, Conservative woman.
Unless it’s a smart, beautiful, articulate, black Conservative woman.
Or black and Jewish.
Reagan, upon entering the White House, removed the portrait of Harry Truman and replaced it with a Calvin Coolidge.
For American Conservatives, William Buckley is cool. Ronald Reagan is super-cool. But for Seraphic Secret, Calvin Coolidge, a pre-New Deal thinker par excellence, is the man who put the cool in cool.