Calvin Coolidge, Movie Star
Believe it or not, there has never been a movie made about Calvin Coolidge.
[Cue laughtrack.] OK, that is ENTIRELY believable. Over at Spinning Clio I post about a new documentary that looks at the presidency of “Cool Cal” and attempts to revise some of the impressions we have about him. In short, it is proof that “historical revisionism” is far more than the liberal shibboleth that so many assume. (OK, done preaching). So, if you’re so inclined, check it out. (We’ve also mentioned him around here from time to time).
In the meantime, here are a couple Coolidge timeless quotes that show that conservatives could learn a lot from our 30th President.
“We do not need more material development, we need more spiritual development. We do not need more intellectual power, we need more moral power. We do not need more knowledge, we need more character. We do not need more government, we need more culture. We do not need more law, we need more religion. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
It is on that side of life that it is desirable to put the emphasis at the present time. If that side be strengthened, the other side will take care of itself.”
“Real reform does not begin with a law, it ends with a law. The attempt to dragoon the body when the need is to convince the soul will end only in revolt… It is time to supplement the appeal to law, which is limited, with an appeal to the spirit of the people, which is unlimited.” “We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. The things of the spirit come first. Unless we cling to that, all our material prosperity, overwhelming though it may appear, will turn to a barren sceptre in our grasp… Man has a spiritual nature. Touch it, and it must respond as the magnet responds to the pole.”