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Coolidge: A Politician Uncannily
Deserving of Respect

American Thinker, by Matthew May

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Posted By:ScarletPimpernel, 3/16/2013 8:57:57 AM

"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.

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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.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: texpub, 3/16/2013 9:47:34 AM     (No. 9227944)

There is a wonderful article about Coolidge by Amity Shlaes in the current issue of "Imprimis." He certainly knew how to balance a budget! We could use a president with that kind of wisdom.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: 11arrows, 3/16/2013 9:48:25 AM     (No. 9227947)

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

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 3/16/2013 9:57:08 AM     (No. 9227966)

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)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: shurnuff, 3/16/2013 10:16:38 AM     (No. 9228008)

Every past president, even the bad ones, looks pretty good in comparison to the one now in the White House.

For Pete´s sake, Jimma Cahter almost looks like someone who loves America!

And people are beginning to see that Richard Nixon, RIP, in most cases had our best interests in mind.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 3/16/2013 10:43:25 AM     (No. 9228049)

Calvin Coolidge- my hero. Wonderful to see a great president getting the recognition he deserves.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 3/16/2013 11:13:10 AM     (No. 9228112)

Coolidge and Reagan were the only 20th -century presidents worth more than a bucket of spit.

It´s amazing how we survived the others - - but the way things are going now - - our survival won´t last much longer.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/16/2013 11:19:32 AM     (No. 9228120)

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.)

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hazymac, 3/16/2013 11:27:21 AM     (No. 9228125)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: dman, 3/16/2013 12:45:33 PM     (No. 9228230)

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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: absalom, 3/16/2013 1:18:11 PM     (No. 9228266)

#6. A demurral. The nation will survive but in an altered form. However the R Party won´t and deservedly so given the buffoons it has nominated over the past 100 years.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Starlady, 3/17/2013 9:40:39 AM     (No. 9229188)

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.

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