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

Minnesota’s Senate Race Still Not Decided…

Check out Power Line’s blog today. They have been following the Minnesota Senate Race between incumbent Norm Coleman and Al Franken. It was pretty close on November 4th and it keeps getting closer as ballots keep turning up in odd places. I’m an election judge. It’s pretty weird that this is happening.

They also quote Calvin Coolidge from a speech he gave on July 5, 1926 celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. I found it worth pondering.

“We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.”