We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Silent Cal is one of our very few presidential heroes. One quote:
What compelled Coolidge to persevere and enabled him to succeed? The
traditions of Vermont and its “hardy self-contained people,” as he
described them, always inspired him. Respect for the written law
animated him, but he also cherished the spiritual and what we call
natural law: “Men do not make laws. They do but discover them,” he told
Massachusetts state senators in 1914. His wife, Grace, one of the most
beautiful first ladies, gave him the confidence to move forward. A
ferocious discipline in work proved crucial as well. As documented in
White House appointment books, whereas other presidents met sporadically
with budget advisers, Coolidge met faithfully and weekly with his
Budget Bureau director, General Herbert Mayhew Lord. An intuitive
understanding of the struggles of small business aided Coolidge. Though
he was not, like Margaret Thatcher, born over a storefront, Coolidge was
born beside one. A keen sense of timing also helped him: Coolidge, a
shrewd politician, knew when to fight and when to wait. A thorough
understanding of the devices of government, and a willingness to use
them, proved key too. Also crucial was the Coolidge willingness to be
unpopular, which he displayed while still governor of Massachusetts,
when he stared down the striking Boston police, or when, as president,
he turned down his own people, farmers, by repeatedly vetoing subsidies
I remember hearing an anecdote illustrating Coolidge's frugality.
When a bill came to his desk authorizing money for planes for the fledgling Army Air Corps, Coolidge wondered aloud why the government couldn't buy just one plane and let the pilots take turns flying it.
My grandfather was a chauffeur out of North Station in Boston in the 30's and drove Coolidge several times, including all the way out to Western MA. He didn't like him much - found him unfriendly. That seems likely. He liked Henry Cabot Lodge better.
I'd like to have another Coolidge in the WH myself.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
Sadly, Vermonters being “hardy self-contained people,” are just fond memories. The Green Mountains are now home to too many moonbat escapees from NY/CT/MA who have carried the exact plague they sought to escape. My folks have commented on it occasionally, citing town meeting anecdotes that would make you roll your eyes. (sigh)