Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Calvin Coolidge on American Independence

I found a copy of Calvin Coolidge's speech on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The whole speech is excellent, but I'd like to share with you one particular paragraph:
No other theory is adequate to explain or comprehend the Declaration of Independence. It is the product of the spiritual insight of the people. We live in an age of science and of abounding accumulation of material things. These did not create our Declaration. Our Declaration created them. 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. If we are to maintain the great heritage which has been bequeathed to us, we must be like-minded as the fathers who created it. We must not sink into a pagan materialism. We must cultivate the reverence which they had for the things that are holy. We must follow the spiritual and moral leadership which they showed. We must keep replenished, that they may glow with a more compelling flame, the altar fires before which they worshiped.
Something to think about when the radical secularists misinterpret the Founders' concept of separation of Church and State.

2 comments:

lebowski said...

Miatch...
What's up buddy? I see you are leaving your tracks across blogdom with your political savvy. I'll be heading home soon, in maybe 9 months or so, but not Offtario that's for sure. A lot of shit has gone down over here. I've bookmarked your site, so I'll be back. Check out my blog and discover the dude's true identity.

No Display Name said...

Mitch my good man:

Nice to hear from you, sir. I'm glad you found opportunity in the great state of Michigan (you didn't join the Michigan Militia, did you?). How are things, and what's Scott up to these days?

Offtario? John Tory ought to use phrase to blast the McGuinty government.

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