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Scott Johnson over at Powerline writes this morning on a July 4th, 1926 speech by President Calvin Coolidge on the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. I had not heard or read this speech (in fact, I’ve not read that much on Coolidge) before, but the paragraph Scott cites really grabbed me:
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.
The concept that there can be no progress beyond the ideals defined in the Declaration of Independence is at once extremely simple yet very profound … and correct! If we are equal, how can we become more equal? If we are endowed with inalienable rights, those rights can’t become more inalienable or be worth more today than they were 232 years ago.
In today’s world, Liberals don’t like to be referred to as liberals. They refer to themselves as “progressive.” Coolidge’s words put the “progressives’ rants in perspective; the ideas and ideals they propose can’t move us forward to more equality. Their agenda only takes away from our equality and freedoms, because they want equality of outcome, not equality of opportunity. You can’t have both.
To insure everyone ends up in the same place requires you to deny those with ambition, drive, vision … whatever it it that sets those who accomplish apart from those who just get by … the opportunity to become more . This insures that those who are not driven end up in the same place as those who would normally become leaders, rich, accomplished, etc. How can this be called progressive?
The Founders who created the Declaration of Independence, followed by the Constitution, were far more wise and visionary than the so called leaders we endure today.
Read Coolidge’s entire speech.It’s certainly woth your time. In the meanwhile, here’s what today is really about.