Where Are The Wise Men?

President Calvin Coolidge on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence gave a speech on July 4, 1926. This is an excerpt from his wise words and really does speak to the times we live in.

“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.”~~President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, 1926

You nailed it, President Coolidge.

H/T to PowerLineBlog

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3 thoughts on “Where Are The Wise Men?

  1. Thank you for an excellent post quoting from the unfairly underrated Calvin Coolidge. It is fitting that he should pay tribute to the Constitution here, because he may well be the last president who adhered to the limits placed on executive power by the Constitution… later presidents have tended to override the Framers’ document for their own aggrandizement and in order to amass more power for the federal government.
    Check out my “mostly Coolidge” blog sometime, where I try to spread the word about the 30th president.

  2. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment kaiology. I really did appreciate this statement…it was powerful and honest and true. I will check out your blog. Thanks!

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