Why Calvin Coolidge?
These days we certainly hear a lot about Lincoln, Roosevelt, Obama, Trump. How about Coolidge?
“Silent Cal,” so named because he spoke only when it was absolutely necessary, is admired by small-government advocates and ignored by central planners. In his address delivered to the Holy Name Society, Washington DC, 1924, Coolidge expressed the ultimate liberty-leaning rule:
Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty.
It is your serfdom or liberty. It is your choice. It is your vote. Your vote puts candidates, good or bad, into office. Your vote determines the laws under which you live.
Your vote also determines your take-home pay, how much of what you earn is available to purchase and invest by yourself and your family. Here is another favorite Coolidge quote from his 1925 inaugural address,
The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager.