Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blathering Barack or Silent Cal?

Calvin Coolidge is almost always left out of the list of great Presidents.  I've even seen him listed as one of the worst Presidents here and there. And that's a crying shame. True, he didn't invade Iraq or get all worked up about the Crimea, or women's rights in Pakistan, or homophobia in Uganda. He didn't think up ways to borrow money from China and give it community organizers in Chicago. Speaking of China, he didn't send Mrs. Coolidge and the little Coolidges there to wear red dresses and climb around on the terra-cotta soldiers. He didn't bomb Serbia to make them allow the creation of an Islamic state in Europe. As for Europe, he basically left it alone to solve its own problems. As for problems, he thought that they mostly solved themselves, and that interfering too much and too often could just exacerbate them. This is in contrast to his successor, Herbert Hoover, whom Coolidge referred to, uncomplimentarily, as "Wonder Boy." He thought that government should only do what it was required to do, and should leave everything else to the people. He didn't want to "fundamentally transform America," but, on the contrary, did his best to preserve it. And he pulled that shameful racist "war bonnet" stunt.

But despite all these defects, he kept us on an even keel, presided over prosperity, and solved what was becoming a serious immigration problem.

Right now we need less Obama coolness and more Coolidgeness.

What follows is a comment I came across the other day by Leon Haller on the Ludwig von Mises Institute blog. It sums Coolidge up in a few short sentences better than anything else I've read.

Calvin Coolidge was, ideologically, the best president of the twentieth century. Admittedly, this says less than it appears to, given the ever declining quality of American leaders (and, frankly, Americans), but even by some ‘absolute’ standard, Coolidge was very good. He was the last president truly committed to preserving capitalism (Reagan had some good rhetoric, but in the end, he never repudiated the socialism of the New Deal, as did candidate Goldwater, essentially only opposing, and none too effectively, its logical expansion in the Great Society of the Sixties).
Of even greater historical importance, Coolidge was also the last patriotic American president, and the one who ended our earlier immigration invasion, which (temporarily) stabilized our population and allowed for the preservation of what Russell Kirk called America’s British Culture. America might well not exist today had we not ended the unending immigration flows of the early 20th century. Doing so allowed for a healthy cultural assimilation to occur – a national culture now obviously nearly destroyed by our current renewed immigrant invasion, which constitutes the biggest Big Government program in American, if not world, history: the transformation of the traditional white American people into a new, nonwhite people. A campaign of federal government mandated “peaceful genocide”.
I’m quite certain neither Calvin Coolidge nor Andrew Jackson nor even Herbert Hoover would have tolerated this greatest of all historical outrages.
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Quibcag: The illustration is Mai Minakami (水上 麻衣) from Nichijou (日常), whose coolness and persistence reminds me of Coolidge. That, and she's pretty cute.

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