Skip to comments.Calvin Coolidge's Advice for Gov. Scott Walker
Posted on 02/26/2011 4:41:18 PM PST by T.L.Sink
[Boston, Massachusetts,1919.] The Boston police had decided - against the law - that they would organize a union. The police commissioner said they were in violation of the law. Samuel Gompers, head of the American Federation of Labor (AFL), jumped into the middle of the dispute and issued the police an AFL charter as a union. The police went on strike. The situation was rapidly deteriorating. Gov. Calvin Coolidge was furious and the police were fired. Said Coolidge: "THERE IS NO RIGHT TO STRIKE AGAINST THE PUBLIC SAFETY BY ANYBODY, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE." In his memoirs Coolidge wrote, "It was beginning to be clear that if voluntary associations were to be permitted to substitute their will for the authority of public officials the end of our government was at hand."
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Even in his present condition.
Other advice that Calvin had for Walker is to not rely on All Season Radials in the winter. Go the extra mile and get a decent set of snow tires. Studs couldn't hurt either. Coolidge is a wealth of solid advice.
Especially in his present condition.
Although I'm likely among the older FReepers, I did miss out on the Calvin Coolidge administration. Everything I've read about it reveals that "Silent Cal" was likely the very best president of the 20th Century, yes, even edging out Ronald Reagan in that regard. It is my understanding that RWR did have a very high opinion of Coolidge whose thoughts on government and taxation are just as valid today as they were in 1924.
As in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
He busted the police strike, but ultimately not the union, while he was Governor of Massachusetts.
Later on as President he set the stage for the Great Depression (which was made much worse by both Hoover and Roosevelt).
I spent some time this evening going through a number of his speeches and couldn't drag anything out of them that said he'd support Right to Work Laws.
BTW, in a nation where every person is a member of the people's militia and should be provided a weapon through conveniently located armories, or for home storage, or with tax credits so you could select your own, it seems to me that properly operated, the United States would only need a handful of cops ~ not these enormous paramilitary forces that think they ought to be unionized.
It's time for Conservatives to quit worrying about unions and push back until we get a fully armed and trained people's militia that can make Americans safe in America!
Interesting. That's contrary to what I've read. But, if you'll read through my posting history here, I am always eager to explore those things that might be different from what I believe. In most cases, a dissenting view serves to strengthen my convictions because it leads to acquire more data from both sides.
However there are certainly exceptions so I welcome anything you have that shows Coolidge's part in laying the groundwork for the Great Depression.
For the record, I'll acknowledge Hoover's role in it. He had some definite RINO leanings (perhaps arising from his humanitarian work) and I think he meddled too much in the economy. That being said, had a second Hoover term had come to pass (albeit unlikely given the public's mood), there's no doubt that the Great Depression would not have been so "Great" nor so prolonged, both of which are decidedly the fault of Franklin Roosevelt's soft brand of Communism.
Please forgive the off-topic diversion into Hoover since I am indeed most anxious to get your thoughts on Calvin Coolidge.
I have a sneakin’ suspicion that if Gov. Walker has to issue layoff notices the Wi. public employees may just walk out via strikes. We shall see what we shall see.
Coolidge signed into law the last true restrictive and conservative immigration laws. He supported and signed into law legislation ending mass immigration.
With the possible exception of Eisenhower, Coolidge was the last good Republican president on immigration. Nixon can be forgiven to an extent in that the effects of Ted Kennedy’s deceptive 1965 Immigration Reform Act (which undid those signed into law by Coolidge, and reignited mass immigration) were not yet apparent. Reagan had some good things to say about border control, but he was a misguided romantic on immigration in general. And the Bushes? Well, they were both terrible, with W being as bad as any Democrat on the issue.
We need a Coolidge today when it comes to immigration. If this current wave of mass immigration is not cut off, then it is over for us. Admittedly, even if all immigration ended tomorrow, the demographic momentum of the the past 30 years of pro-Democrat immigration would continue to change the nation in a bad way for conservatives and Republicans.
But if immigration were drastically reduced, then at least we’d have a fighting chance demographically speaking.
My favorite Coolidge aphorism is “It is easy to see why legislatures spend money. There is plenty of it laying around and it doesn’t seem to belong to anyone.”
Coolidge ASKED FOR MORE LIBERAL naturalization standards ~ essentially an AMNESTY in modern usage!
People lightly toss around the RINO label for people who are actually just behind the times. High tariff and open borders was standard Republicanism that long ago. Cooledge must have had his points, for Reagan hung his portrait in the oval office.
Coolidge’s rhetoric on immigration was better than anything we’ve heard from the likes of Bush, or even Reagan.
And most importantly, and I repeat myself, he signed into law legislation that ended mass immigration. This alone marks him as the best President when it comes to immigration. Bush’s PC head would have exploded at the thought of cutting back on immigration.
Can you really put any other President from the past 110 years above Coolidge (from a conservative point of view) on immigration in terms of what he actually did?
They were here for the money.