Skip to comments.Perry's America may seem familiar to centenarians
Posted on 08/28/2011 8:37:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
By JOE HOLLEY
August 28, 2011
At first glance, it would seem that the 30th president of the United States and the man who would be the 45th have little in common. Famously silent Calvin Coolidge, after all, not only had little to say but also hated to campaign, unlike White House aspirant Rick Perry, an indefatigable campaigner whose tongue occasionally runs ahead of his brain. Coolidge was a rectitudinous New Englander presiding, paradoxically, over a raucous Jazz Age; Perry is a gregarious Texan who, paradoxically, stands to inherit a nation shaken by a stubbornly slow economic recovery.
In reality, the two Republicans are similar in several ways beyond party affiliation. Coolidge, like Perry, was the first in his family to leave the land. Coolidge - like Perry, so far - never lost an election in 15 tries, serving as a city alderman, mayor, state legislator, Massachusetts governor and vice president before becoming president in 1923 upon the death of Warren G. Harding. Like Perry, Coolidge enjoyed physical exercise, although his preferred method wasn't jogging along a country road but bouncing atop a mechanical horse in his White House bedroom.
Most of all, the two men share a commitment to minimalist federal government. Writing about Coolidge in 1926, columnist Walter Lippmann noted the president's talent for "active inactivity," an attribute that, in Lippmann's words, "suits the mood and certain of the needs of the country admirably. It suits all the business interests which want to be left alone. ... And it suits all those who have become convinced that government in this country has become dangerously complicated and top-heavy."...
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The truth is, I dont care what party the statist is in. The fact of the matter is, it is the statist, and those who support or enable him, who is the problem. For too long he has undermined this country by empowering the national government at the expense of liberty. An America defined by the statist in Washington is an America doomed to fail. pg. 338
(both quotes from Perry, Rick; (2010-11-15). Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington.
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From A NEW LOOK AT CALVIN COOLIDGE-Remarks by Peter Hannaford
Shortly after he was inaugurated as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan ordered a portrait of Calvin Coolidge hung in the Cabinet Room of the White House.
The news of this startled the Washington press corps. Why, they wondered, would Reagan want to hang the picture of a man who had nothing to say and little to do when he occupied the White House? They reminded us that biographers described Coolidge as cold, aloof, unfeeling, materialistic, in the pocket of big business and, otherwise, a cipher.
Ronald Reagan knew differently. His action came as no surprise to me. I was closely associated with him for a number of years and knew that Coolidge was one of his favorite predecessors and that he considered Coolidge to have been greatly underrated.
One dramatic action in Reagan’s first year as President can be traced directly to an action that Coolidge took many years earlier.
In August 1981, the air traffic controllers’ union called a strike. President Reagan said that, as public employees, they could not do that and any who weren’t back on the job within 48 hours would be fired. Those who went back to work kept their jobs; those who didn’t were fired. Today, no one remembers the name of the man who ran that union, but he’d probably be around still if he had bothered to read what Reagan had said many times as Governor of California. That is, that public employees dealing with public safety did not have the right to strike and should be terminated if they did strike.
Ronald Reagan’s view was inspired by the stand that Governor Calvin Coolidge had taken in 1919, when the Boston police went on strike. On the verge of the strike, the police commissioner had assured him everything was under control, but once the police went out, looting and rioting ensued. Coolidge stepped in, took charge, brought out the state militia and fired the strikers. Samuel Gompers, the head of the AFofL, wired him, asking him to take back the striking policemen, Coolidge’s answer was right to the point, this famous statement:
“There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.”
You perry supporters need to read this:
Raza studies make assimilation impossible (w/shocking video)
FYI — They updated the story and changed the title to:
“Perry’s book speaks to minimalist roots”
Thanks for the headsup. I like the new title better.
Sounds good to a country buried under debt (with more coming in the mail).
Of course, the idea (pushed at the end of the piece) is to throw poor, old, non-productive grandma over the cliff.
Which of course he wouldn’t do.
The media is going to have a VERY hard time making Perry look evil.
Want to take a guess at who was president when the federal government last actually shrank in size?
Sorry, but the really important Perry quotes come behind closed doors when Don Tyson says, "Rick, I want more illegal aliens to come to work plucking chickens for me for the kind of wages I like to pay: I need flexibility at the end of the month!" And Rick says, "Yes, sir, Mr. Tyson, sir!" And Bo Pilgrim says, "Well, Rick, I need Mexican workers, too -- illegals who can't strike or call in OSHA with some silly complaint. I need as good a deal as Don gets -- you can deliver for me, can't you?" And Rick says, "Yes, sir, Mr. Pilgrim, sir!"
And on and on and on. All the while, holding the towel for his principals as they dry themselves off from their round of golf, or tennis, or "whatever makes them happy!"
Not if they manage to take a meeting between Perry and his principal backers when they work on his legislative agenda.
Just for drill LG who would YOU support in the race for president?
How about some ACTUAL quotes LG instead of this made up in your own mind BS?
The fact is that YOU don’t know ANY of this and are making it up out of whole cloth!
In 2009, Texas ranked 26th in median household income, at $48.3K (2009 dollars).
If more of those "cash-economy" incomes were identified and counted, Texas would be even lower. Except in tax receipts, which would go up if the tax-evaders could be rounded up and made to file. Although they are presumably paying FICA into someone's (borrowed) Social Security accounts.
You do realize that Pilgrim’s Pride filed for bankruptcy in 2008 and the majority owner since 2009 has been Brazilian-based JBS? Bo Pilgrim is no longer Chairman of the Board, although he is a member of the Board of Directors. He doesn’t run the company and hasn’t for a long time.
Tyson Foods corporate headquarters is located in Arkansas.
You really need to get your facts straight before you start smearing people.
Quotes? How about I point you to a late-2005 Houston Chronicle article about Kay Bailey Hutchison? That had quotes. Like, "I've got good money invested in Rick Perry, and I mean to get my money's worth". That was a good quote -- from the meeting between these men I'm talking about, the ones who hold Perry's leash, and Kay and whoever she brought with her.
Not that I'm a Kay fan. But she was there, and these men talked very bluntly to her, as masters of Texas to a bystander, about what they expected and what they had paid for. You don't have to read stuff like that again, to get the drift.
I'd quote the whole article, but I did that last night with another article from 2007, about RiNOs giving early money to candidates, and the Admin Mod took it down. (Look at my in-forum history, and you'll see it right away. The hole, anyway.)
Right, Perry is evil........(Eyes rolling/frowning)
Thanks for the thoughtful response!
I have NO problem what-so-ever with either Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann and could happily support either if they managed to get the nomination but that isn’t going to happen. In fact, I would bet the farm that Sarah will soon announce that she will NOT seek the nomination and will endorse Rick Perry. I guess we will just have to wait and see whether or not I’m right about that. Shouldn’t be a long wait.
If that happened would you then support Rick Perry keeping in mind that the goal is to get OBOZO out in 2012?
BTW, you got a hat tip in post #1 for the Perry quotes! Good stuff! :)
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner here!
Exactly right! The much maligned Calvin Coolidge actually REDUCED the size of the federal government and no one has come close to doing so since!
Thanks for the hat tip!