“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. It may not be difficult to store up in the mind a vast quantity of face within a comparatively short time, but the ability to form judgments requires the severe discipline of hard work and the tempering heat of experience and maturity. “
“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. “
“Industry, thrift and self-control are not sought because they create wealth, but because they create character.”
“The business of America is business.”
BookTV: David Pietrusza, “Silent Cal’s Almanack”
Glenn Beck A Closer Look At The Progressive Movement
Coolidge and the Roaring 20’s
Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation
An outstanding and must view Calvin Coolidge Video and Website
Calvin Coolidge on Republican Principles, 1924
VermontTV.net – Mr. President, Calvin Coolidge
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, Part I
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, Part II
President Harding and Calvin Coolidge 
President Coolidge’s Inauguration (1925)
President Coolidge, 1st Presidential Film (1924)
Plymouth Notch, Vermont and the Calvin Coolidge Homestead
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (1 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (2 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (3 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (4 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (5 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (6 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (7 of 8)
Richard Norton Smith on Calvin Coolidge (8 of 8)
“…Robert Sobel, in the first full-scale biography of Calvin Coolidge within a generation, shatters the caricature of our thirtieth president as a silent, do-nothing leader. He exposes the real Coolidge as the most Jeffersonian of all twentieth-century presidents — he cut taxes four times, had a budget surplus every year in office, and cut the national debt by a third during a period of unprecedented growth. He won 17 of the 19 elections in which he ran. Although a Republican, he reversed the Republican centrist policies. There were Coolidge Democrats three-quarters of a century before there were Reagan Democrats. A statistician once computed that Coolidge’s sentences averaged 18 words compared with Lincoln’s 27, Wilson’s 32, and Teddy Roosevelt’s 41 — Coolidge was direct. …”
“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten. “
“Collecting more taxes than is absolutely necessary is legalized robbery. “
“Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business.”
“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race.”
The American people long for the days of Calvin Coolidge where 98% of Americans paid no income taxes and all government expenditures, local, state, and Federal were less than 12% of the nation’s gross domestic product.
The days of peace, prosperity and principles, those were the days.
Calvin Coolidge was and knew he was not a great man, but Coolidge was a man of character, principle and achievement, a man of great virtue.
Coolidge was the probably the last President who truly believed in Constitutional government as set forth in the United States Constitution.
Coolidge was a tax reformer who cut the extremely high tax rates for the simple reason that they were morally wrong and did not raise much tax revenue.
Top U.S. Federal marginal income tax rate from 1913 to 2009
Coolidge cut the national debt by one-third by slashing government spending.
The combination of tax rate reductions and prudent limited Federal Government spending produced a period of economic growth called the decade of prosperity, Coolidge prosperity or the roaring twenties.
Gov. Coolidge for Vice-President (1920)
One Republican that comes closest to Calvin Coolidge is Ron Paul, another classical liberal or libertarian.
Ron Paul: A New Hope
MSNBC’s Hardball (4-22-2010): Chris Matthews Interviews Ron Paul
Ron Paul : Don’t tread on me
Yes, the American would like to go back to Calvin Coolidge and Thomas Jefferson by downsizing the Federal Government and reforming the out-of-control government spending and confiscatory system of Federal income taxation.
Both Barry Goldwater and Calvin Coolidge are heroes to many of conservatives and libertarians.
I have been a classical liberal for many years and would like to see a limited government classical liberal as President of the United States that put faith, families and freedom first.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties have deeply penetrated at the local, county, state and Federal level by Progressive Radical Socialists that want the American people to be dependent upon government.
Both political parties have ignored the will and sovereignty of the American people on Federal government spending, taxation, deficits, illegal immigration and health care.
H. L. Menchen who was critical of Coolidge while he lived, wrote of Coolidge after he died:
“He begins to seem, in retrospect, an extremely comfortable and even praiseworthy citizen. His failings are forgotten; the country remembers only the grateful fact that he let it alone. Well, there are worse epitaphs for a statesman. If the day ever comes when Jefferson’s warnings are heeded at last, and we reduce government to its simplest terms, it may very well happen that Cal’s bones now resting inconspicuously in the Vermont granite will come to be revered as those of a man who really did the nation some service.”
America needs a new political party dedicated to replacing the mixed economy welfare state with free market capitalism and a representative republic limited constitutional government.
America needs a President that will leave the American people alone and minds his own business.
America needs a President that will slash the Federal Government by closing ten Federal Departments and replaces all Federal income, payroll, capital gains, estate and gift taxes with the FairTax, a national consumption sales tax.
America needs a modern-day Calvin Coolidge noted for the clarity and directness of his message to the American people.
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A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
Silent Cal would be smiling.
Background Articles and Videos
Why You’ve Never Heard of the Great Depression of 1920 | Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
Uncommon Knowledge: The Great Depression with Amity Shlaes
The Presidency of Calvin Coolidge
Robert H. Ferrell
“…Ferrell’s analysis of the Coolidge years shows how the president represented the essence of 1920s Republicanism. A believer in laissez-faire economics and the separation of powers, he was committed to small government, and he and his predecessors reduced the national debt by a third. More a manager than a leader, he coped successfully with the Teapot Dome scandal and crises in Mexico, Nicaragua, and China, but ignored an overheating economy. Ferrell makes a persuasive case for not blaming Coolidge for the failures of his party’s foreign policy; he does maintain that the president should have warned Wall Street about the dangers of overspeculating but lacked sufficient knowledge of economics to do so.
Drawing on the most recent literature on the Coolidge era, Ferrell has constructed a meticulous and highly readable account of the president’s domestic and foreign policy. His book illuminates this pre-Depression administration for historians and reveals to general readers a president who was stern in temperament and dedicated to public service. …”
“…John Calvin Coolidge, Jr. (July 4, 1872 – January 5, 1933) was the 30th President of the United States (1923–1929). A Republican lawyer from Vermont, Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics, eventually becoming governor of that state. His actions during the Boston Police Strike of 1919 thrust him into the national spotlight. Soon after, he was elected as the 29th Vice President in 1920 and succeeded to the Presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in 1923. Elected in his own right in 1924, he gained a reputation as a small-government conservative.
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. …”
“…Coolidge’s taxation policy was that of his Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew Mellon: taxes should be lower and fewer people should have to pay them. Congress agreed, and the taxes were reduced in Coolidge’s term. In addition to these tax cuts, Coolidge proposed reductions in federal expenditures and retiring some of the federal debt. Coolidge’s ideas were shared by the Republicans in Congress, and in 1924 Congress passed the Revenue Act of 1924, which reduced income tax rates and eliminated all income taxation for some two million people. They reduced taxes again by passing the Revenue Acts of 1926 and 1928, all the while continuing to keep spending down so as to reduce the overall federal debt. By 1927, only the richest 2% of taxpayers paid any income tax. Although federal spending remained flat during Coolidge’s administration, allowing one-fourth of the federal debt to be retired, state and local governments saw considerable growth, surpassing the federal budget in 1927. …”
Coolidge spoke out in favor of the civil rights of African Americans and Catholics. He appointed no known members of Ku Klux Klan to office; indeed the Klan lost most of its influence during his term.
In 1924, Coolidge responded to a letter that claimed the United States was a “white man’s country”:
“….I was amazed to receive such a letter. During the war 500,000 colored men and boys were called up under the draft, not one of whom sought to evade it. [As president, I am] one who feels a responsibility for living up to the traditions and maintaining the principles of the Republican Party. Our Constitution guarantees equal rights to all our citizens, without discrimination on account of race or color. I have taken my oath to support that Constitution….
On June 2, 1924, Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act, which granted full U.S. citizenship to all American Indians, while permitting them to retain tribal land and cultural rights. However, the act was not clear whether the federal government or the tribal leaders retained tribal sovereignty. Coolidge repeatedly called for anti-lynching laws to be enacted, but most Congressional attempts to pass this legislation were filibustered by Southern Democrats. …”
“…Despite his reputation as a quiet and even reclusive politician, Coolidge made use of the new medium of radio and made radio history several times while President. He made himself available to reporters, giving 529 press conferences, meeting with reporters more regularly than any President before or since.
Coolidge’s inauguration was the first presidential inauguration broadcast on radio. On December 6, 1923, he was the first President whose address to Congress was broadcast on radio. On February 22, 1924, he became the first President of the United States to deliver a political speech on radio. Coolidge signed the Radio Act of 1927, which assigned regulation of radio to the newly created Federal Radio Commission.
On August 11, 1924, Lee De Forest filmed Coolidge on the White House lawn with DeForest’s Phonofilm sound-on-film process, becoming the first President to appear in a sound film. The title of the DeForest film was President Coolidge, Taken on the White House Lawn. …”
30th President of the United States
(August 3, 1923 to March 3, 1929)
Nickname: “Silent Cal”
Born: July 4, 1872, in Plymouth, Vermont
Died: January 5, 1933, in Northampton, Massachusetts
Education: Graduated from Amherst College (1895)
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:
- Northampton, MA City Councilman, 1899
- City Solicitor, 1900-01
- Clerk of Courts, 1904
- Member of Massachusetts Legislature, 1907-08
- Mayor of Northampton, MA, 1910-11
- Member of Massachusetts Legislature, 1912-15
- Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts, 1916-18
- Governor of Massachusetts, 1919-20
- Vice President, 1921-23 (under Harding)
Presidential Salary: $75,000/year
|Year||Popular Votes||Electoral Votes|
|John W. Davis||8,385,283||136|
|Robert M. LaFollette||4,831,289||13|
|Partial History of
U.S. Federal Marginal Income Tax Rates
|2003-2009||6 brackets||10%||35%||Tax Foundation|
|Total Spending -total
i – interpolated between actual reported values
a – actual reported
g – ‘guesstimated’ projection by usgovernmentspending.com
b – budgeted estimate in US fy11 budget