Quote of the day …

(Courtesy of Powerline)

President Calvin Coolidge celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1926, with a speech providing a magisterial review of the history and thought underlying the Declaration. His speech on the occasion deserves to be read and studied in its entirety. The following paragraph, however, is particularly relevant to the challenge that confronts us in the variants of the progressive dogma that pass themselves off today as the higher wisdom:

About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.

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4 Responses to Quote of the day …

  1. jeans2nd says:

    President Coolidge’s words were heard at the end of one of our large migration periods, circa early 1890s to late 1920s.

    These new Americans and wannabe-Americans likely never heard much, if anything, about our Declaration of Independence, and the history that accompanied it.
    Odds are our parents/grandparents heard a joyous, uplifting speech than what we hear now.
    How special that must have been for them.

    Thanks for the link, Stella. The grandkids are older now and know everything there is to know, but this old nag is always ready to learn.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. FrankieZee says:

    I have never heard that before. That one paragraph says it all. Truly amazing. That would be something that President Trump could use. Thanks to Stella for posting that.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. auscitizenmom says:

    That pretty much says it all.

    Liked by 2 people

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