Lessons on the Presidency from Calvin Coolidge

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Thursday, August 02, 2012

Lessons on the Presidency from Calvin Coolidge

Tonight I'm in the tiny hamlet of Plymouth Notch, Vt. It's the home of Calvin Coolidge, our 30th president.

Coolidge is getting a new look from historians, and rightly so. He stood for principles such as honor, integrity, living within your means, small government, less spending and lower taxes.

Amity Schlaes has a new biography out on him. In this week's National Review, she writes, "Coolidge wanted to restore the status of the presidency by putting the office above the individual." You don't need me to make the connection, do you?

Coolidge also said, "It is better to block a bad law than to pass a new one." He believed in cutting needless spending and then cutting taxes, a priority modern Republicans should adopt.

Senator Selden Spencer of Missouri was once seeking to cheer up the often gloomy president as they walked around the White House grounds. Spencer raised his hand and pointed to the White House and asked, "Who lives here?" Coolidge replied, "Nobody does, they just come and go."

In Plymouth, Vt., I'm Cal Thomas.

Publication date: August 2, 2012

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