Quiet Cal ran deep.

President Calvin Coolidge was known for being a man of few words. The story is told of a Sunday when Mrs. Coolidge was ill and the President went to church alone. Upon returning from the service, Mrs. Coolidge is said to have asked her husband, “What did the pastor talk about today?”

“Sin,” replied Mr. Coolidge.

“What did he say about it?” inquired Mrs. Coolidge.

“He was against it,” said her husband.

Well, quiet Cal did have something profound to say now and again. To whit, I offer the following:

“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.”

Amen.

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One Response to Quiet Cal ran deep.

  1. Ron Brackin says:

    Carrying on the thought, William Blackstone in his “Commentaries on the Laws of England,” states that “Those rights, then, which God and nature have established, and are therefore called natural rights, such as are life and liberty, need not the aid of human laws to be more effectually invested in every man than they are; neither do they receive any additional strength when declared by the municipal laws to be inviolable. On the contrary, no human legislation has power to abridge or destroy them, unless the owner shall himself commit some act that amounts to a forfeiture.”

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