Calvin Coolidge: America’s Unsung President

Since Steve posted this link to Facebook, I thought I’d post one of my very favorite quotes from America’s 30th President:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” —Calvin Coolidge

And judging from the Wikipedia biography, it’s quite evident that Ol’ Cal would’ve considered himself part of the country class:

Coolidge restored public confidence in the White House after the scandals of his predecessor’s administration, and left office with considerable popularity. As a Coolidge biographer put it, “He embodied the spirit and hopes of the middle class, could interpret their longings and express their opinions. That he did represent the genius of the average is the most convincing proof of his strength.” Many later criticized Coolidge as part of a general criticism of laissez-faire government. His reputation underwent a renaissance during the Ronald Reagan Administration, but the ultimate assessment of his presidency is still divided between those who approve of his reduction of the size of government programs and those who believe the federal government should be more involved in regulating and controlling the economy.

This country needs Coolidge-style leadership now more than ever!

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One response to “Calvin Coolidge: America’s Unsung President

  1. kaiology

    Thank you for this excellent post about the severely (by liberal historians) underrated president! He was indeed one of the last presidents to feel constrained by the Constitution, instead of overriding the Constitution to further his personal aggrandizement and to amass power for the federal government. He did preside over an era of unparalleled prosperity, reduced the federal debt and cut taxes…quite a record! Check out my Coolidge-focused blog sometime, thanks!

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