In Support of Back-to-the-Basics Government

The humble, Vermont-hailing 1920s-era President, Calvin Coolidge, once bemoaned: “They criticize me for harping on the obvious . . .” This brief divulgence is a good crystallization of his legacy. In truth, advancing the obvious represents a dead mode of governance. The modern presidency does not retain the modest, stewardship sensibility that Silent Cal sustained throughout his seven years in office.