"Debt takes its toll." So begins Coolidge, the magnificent new biography of the 30th president of the United States by bestselling author and free-market journalist Amity Shlaes. No writer is perhaps better-suited to write a biography of the fiscal sentinel Calvin Coolidge, and this biography is indeed a prequel to her masterpiece, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression.
Comments: Calvin Coolidge´s legacy is coming out of the shadows. Last evening Mark Levin interviewed Charles C. Johnson, author of another new book on Coolidge. You can hear the interview in the last half-hour of Levin´s show. Johnson considers Coolidge to be one of our most "Constitutionally-minded" presidents.
His Presidency had the largest economic growth prior to Reagan. He did it through lowered taxes and limiting the size of government. It was only liberals like Hoover and FDR that cast us into the Great Depression and the abyss of the 30´s. Silent Cal was a gem and we should learn from his approach to the economy
FTA:"Our current political leadership -- and we who elect them -- are spending the country into ruin. The laws of man can be bent and broken; the laws of economics can not. " What a great article. I will own that book momentarily.( Love my Kindle Fire)
Before Reagan, Silent Cal was the last true conservative president: a man who always stood by his principles, and whose governance both Hoover and FDR turned their backs on, to the terrible detriment of the economy. Even Reagan pales somewhat when compared with his distant predecessor.
It was Coolidge who said, not long before the bottom fell out of the economy, "We must have no carelessness in our dealings with public property or the expenditure of public money. Such a condition is characteristic of undeveloped people, or of a decadent generation." Wouldn´t those words be welcome coming from the mouth of an incumbent president?
After suffering through two Democrat presidents with oral diarrhea (Clinton and Obama), it would be nice to have one as parsimonious with words as Coolidge. One Sunday when Mrs. Coolidge was ill in bed, the president went to church alone. When he returned his wife assked him what the sermon was about. "Sin," answered Silent Cal. "Well, what did he say about sin?" she queried. "He was against it." Beautiful.
Ms. Shlaes concludes: "Perhaps someone of Coolidge´s character, economy, and attitude will present himself or herself, and the American electorate will respond positively." Recently we´ve had presidents who were phonies. Coolidge was the antithesis of that.
Matthew may writes: "The publication of this book is fortuitous." Why not just say fortunate? Fortuitous means happening by chance. Ms. Shlaes´ book didn´t just spring unbidden from her forehead like a mythological character.
(Apropos of nothing, I can´t help mentioning that in Quentin Tarantino´s Pulp Fiction, the boxer played by Bruce Willis killed an opponent named Wilson in the ring, earning the enmity of a black gangster named Wallace.)
One addendum: The boxer who killed Floyd Wilson, played by Bruce Willis in Tarantino´s film, was named Butch Coolidge. That character, you might remember, treasured his great grandfather´s heirloom watch (which had been to Hanoi Hilton and hidden in a dark place). Tradition, as well as our heritage and the verities that will always be true, is more important now than it was before this country started going wrong in 1929. It has never fully recovered.
This should be a must read, as well as Shlaes´ biography itself. In these times, we have much to learn about and from President Coolidge. We certainly weren´t taught much about him in the public schools.
I was born in Vermont. My grandmother had a farm there and my mother stayed with her while my father was away in training with the Air Force. I have never felt an affinity with Vermont except for my family heritage, Calvin Coolidge lets me know something very good once came from that extremely liberal state.
A nuclear arms race is now arising in the Middle East, starting with an Iranian nuke, then a Saudi and Egyptian one. Nobody knows the end game. Obama´s biggest legacy may be worldwide instability for years to come. This administration is coming to an end. If you take away its corruption and thuggery, its constant scapegoating, its weird cast of characters, its astronomical spending, its drone killings of terrorists who were supposed to be dead last year, and its healthcare debacle -- everything comes down to imperial overreach.
ObamaCare was sold to the nation as a compassionate response to the approximately 47 million uninsured Americans. Yet, 30 million Americans will still not be insured even after the frenetic misrepresentation and bribery required to pass the bill and the botched rollout. Plus, the policies of millions of insured Americans are being cancelled and replaced with HHS "approved" policies that have higher premiums. Then, following the wipeout in the individual market, millions of Americans currently covered by employer-provided plans will have their policies cancelled because they are deemed inadequate and unacceptable under the ObamaCare regulations issued by HHS.
Muslims groups around the world are crying Islamophobia and playing the victim card as horrific Islamic-motivated crimes, such as grooming and rape-gangs, rage on with impunity throughout the Western world, especially in Europe. Rape or grooming gangs, which are almost entirely Muslim, are committing a crime that is religiously mandated in Islamic doctrine. Muslim grooming gangs have been operating unchallenged in Europe for over 20 years, especially in the UK, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, and France.
I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics. However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. It seems that backdoor gun control is in full effect in the United States.
Wake up, Mom and Dad: your government has its paws all over your children during school hours -- always figuratively, and too often literally. If parents are taken out of the education equation completely, something will fill the vacuum. And that something is bound to be the police state. When kids in Brazil, Indiana participated in a mock drug raid at Clay County Courthouse as part of the annual October Red Ribbon Awareness week, they got a lesson in what it´s like to live in a police state.
Comrade Obama and the Politburo, both conveniently located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, are in the midst of overhauling the nation´s military. Radically so, as befits the nation´s most radical president. Downsizing the armed forces is the cover, in part. The people´s savior is giving the heave-ho to military brass who can´t quite get with the program, which might be described as inflicting a smothering political correctness on the nation´s armed forces. Political correctness is actually too charitable.
It has been disclosed in a recently published book about the 2012 campaign, Double Down by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, that the president told aides that he is "really good at killing people" with drones. I think the president is being far too modest. Drones aren´t the half of it. He´s really good at killing lots of things. With ObamaCare, he is killing the most effective healthcare system in the world.
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