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Calvin Coolidge Speech - July 5, 1926
The Ashbrooke Update ^
| July 4, 2003
Posted on 07/04/2003 6:30:45 AM PDT by ohmage
About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. 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. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.
(Excerpt) Read more at teachingamericanhistory.org ...
TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: calvincoolidge; declaration; freedom; independence; independenceday; july4
Thanks to President Coolidge for the original eloquent presentation and Peter W. Schramm for including the link in this weeks Ashbrook E-Mail Update.
Happy Independence Day everyone!
posted on 07/04/2003 6:30:45 AM PDT
posted on 07/04/2003 1:43:30 PM PDT
No one can examine this record and escape the conclusion that in the great outline of its principles the Declaration was the result of the religious teachings of the preceding period. The profound philosophy which Jonathan Edwards applied to theology, the popular preaching of George Whitefield, had aroused the thought and stirred the people of the Colonies in preparation for this great event. No doubt the speculations which had been going on in England, and especially on the Continent, lent their influence to the general sentiment of the times. Of course, the world is always influenced by all the experience and all the thought of the past. But when we come to a contemplation of the immediate conception of the principles of human relationship which went into the Declaration of Independence we are not required to extend our search beyond our own shores. They are found in the texts, the sermons, and the writings of the early colonial clergy who were earnestly undertaking to instruct their congregations in the great mystery of how to live. They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. They justified freedom by the text that we are all created in the divine image, all partakers of the divine spirit.
Barry Lynn, Abe Foxman, the entire membership of the ACLU, 99.99% of the Democrat party, a depressing number of Republicans and anyone who only knows what they are taught in government school doesn't agree clergy had much at all to do with the founding documents.
posted on 07/04/2003 8:42:06 PM PDT
posted on 07/04/2003 8:46:27 PM PDT
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To: TonyRo76; DPB101
That was a wonderful speech, I'm glad you enjoyed it.
President Coolidge's Persistence message is one of my all time favorites, too.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
posted on 07/05/2003 6:26:48 PM PDT
posted on 07/05/2003 8:54:40 PM PDT
(Government trying to 'do good' will ALWAYS result in the same government eventually doing evil.)
As a Coolidge fan, you no doubt have seen this but it was new to me and might be to others:
The Many Myths of Calvin Coolidge
(Originally published in Vermont Life, Winter 1978)
posted on 07/05/2003 11:32:55 PM PDT
Thanks for that link though I could never claim to being a fan before last week.
I fell for that 'Silent Cal' line and ASSumed he didn't have much to say.
posted on 07/06/2003 6:12:19 PM PDT
Right back atcha, Brother!
posted on 07/06/2003 6:14:27 PM PDT
posted on 07/06/2003 6:24:41 PM PDT
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