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Pres. Calvin Coolidge 1928

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Calvin Coolidge, summed up America’s true problems when he said:
“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 is strengthened, the other side will take care of itself.
It is that side which is the foundation of all else. If the foundation be firm, the superstructure will stand.”

Given that Coolidge spoke these words nearly a century ago, is it any wonder that America has finally succeeded in destroying itself? Our nation was fundamentally transformed long before the current presidential imposter was hustled into the White House by the media through a side door. Of course, America, as a nation, still exists, but its culture perished long ago.

How Americans Will Lose Freedom 1840

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Alexis de Tocqueville predicted how Americans would lose their freedom (“Democracy in American,” Vol. 2, 1840, The Second Part, Bk 4, Ch. VI): “I had noted in my stay in the United States that a democratic state of society similar to the American model could lay itself open to the establishment of despotism with unusual ease. … It would debase men without tormenting them. … Men, all alike and equal, turned in upon themselves in a restless search for those petty, vulgar pleasures with which they fill their souls. … Above these men stands an immense and protective power. … It prefers its citizens to enjoy themselves provided they have only enjoyment in mind. It restricts the activity of free will within a narrower range and gradually removes autonomy itself from each citizen. …

“Thus, the ruling power, having taken each citizen one by one into its powerful grasp … spreads its arms over the whole of society, covering the surface of social life with a network of petty, complicated, detailed, and uniform rules. … It does not break men’s wills but it does soften, bend, and control them. … It constantly opposes what actions they perform. … It inhibits, represses, drains, snuffs out, dulls so much effort that finally it reduces each nation to nothing more than a flock of timid and hardworking animals with the government as shepherd. … a single, protective, and all-powerful government. … Individual intervention … is … suppressed. … It is … in the details that we run the risk of enslaving men.

“For my part, I would be tempted to believe that freedom in the big things of life is less important than in the slightest. … Subjection in the minor things of life is obvious every day. … It constantly irks them until they give up the exercise of their will … and enfeebles their spirit. … It will be useless to call upon those very citizens who have become so dependent upon central government to choose from time to time the representative of this government. … Increasing despotism in the administrative sphere … they reckon citizens are incompetent. … It is … difficult to imagine how men who have completely given up the habit of self-government could successfully choose those who should do it for them. … The vices of those who govern and the ineptitude of those governed would soon bring it to ruin and … revert to its abasement to one single master.”

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