We don’t need a president riding in on a white horse to solve our problems. We don’t need a charismatic figure like John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan. OK, I’d settle for a Reagan. But what we really need is someone like Calvin Coolidge.
Our newspaper, the Daily Oklahoman, printed part of a Labor Day speech that Coolidge gave in 1924. “Silent Cal,” by slashing taxes and cutting federal spending, presided over one of the largest economic expansions in American history.
What strikes me, though, in his speech, are his insights about work (or, as he calls it, “toil”), the dangers of dependency on the government, and how the main problem in America is always the character of its citizens.
Read the excerpts after the jump. (I bolded the passages that I thought particularly striking.) [Read more…]