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Fixing present, ensuring future

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PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vt. — If your disgust over America’s crushing debt and the irresponsible leaders who refuse to reduce unnecessary spending has reached the fed-up point, there is an easy solution beyond whatever compromise might be reached in the current standoff between President Obama and congressional Republicans. Vote Republican in 2012.

But don’t vote for just any Republican, rather vote for conservatives who believe the foundational principles of America still work and can rescue us from default, placing the country back on a track that leads to prosperity and greater liberty.

Last week, I was one in a series of speakers (Justice Stephen Breyer speaks next week) at the new Calvin Coolidge Museum and Education Center. My subject was “What the Past Can Teach the Present, Ensuring the Future.”

There are no new ideas, only old ideas that either worked or failed. There is “nothing new under the sun,” as Ecclesiastes reminds us.

Some excerpts from my address:

— Not knowing how to solve a problem is forgivable. You would expect our representatives to press on until they find a solution. Knowing how to solve a problem, but refusing to solve it because you would rather have the issue run on than to offer a solution that benefits the country, is more obscene to my mind than receiving a tweet from Anthony Weiner.

— Quoting Coolidge: “There is no salvation in a narrow and bigoted partisanship. But if there is to be responsible party government, the party label must be something more than a mere device for securing office. Unless those who are elected under the same party designation are willing to assume sufficient responsibility and exhibit sufficient loyalty and coherence, so that they can cooperate with each other in the support of the broad general principles, of the party platform, the election is merely a mockery, no decision is made at the polls, and there is no representation of the popular will.”

The election last November was an expression of the popular will. It was a repudiation of the direction in which President Obama and congressional Democrats are taking the country. Instead of moderating their far-left views, Democrats have doubled down and are behaving as if liberalism is on the rise rather than on the decline. The attitude of these elected dictators seems to be “the public be damned.”

President Obama talks about “shared sacrifice,” but why should people who are not responsible for the deficit pay more to irresponsible politicians who can’t live within the means we provide them? Let them “sacrifice” by cutting spending. Taxpayers have sacrificed enough.

Abraham Lincoln had a little something to say on how expanding government suffocates individual freedom: “The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all in their separate and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.”

There may never have been a better case made for the federal government’s limited role and the limitless role and responsibility of the individual citizen.

These separate yet complimentary functions of state and citizen should be at the center of the 2012 campaign. It will be a difficult debate because of the number of people liberals have managed to addict to government, but it is a debate we must have. Its proper resolution will determine whether America can continue to prosper and protect and defend liberty without which the America we have known will be a subject for future historians, as they study the reasons for our decline.

We don’t live in the past, but we can learn from it. Will we? Coolidge did. The presidential and congressional candidates should make a pilgrimage to this tiny hamlet to see what their education left out, or they have forgotten.

The principles by which Calvin Coolidge lived and governed are as relevant for our time as they were for his.

[Cal Thomas is America’s most widely syndicated op-ed columnist, appearing in more than 600 national newspapers. He is the author of more than 10 books and is a FOX News political contributor since 1997. Email Cal Thomas at] ©2011 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, INC.


........"the business of America is business!"

He wanted and had no regulation either for business.Workers and Unions did not count.

He would suit Cal Thomas!

President Obama once said to Joe the Plumber, something like, "we need to spread the wealth."
What he had in mind was to regulate the banks and finance companies by a financial reform that would causing again what President Bush ignored and was the primary cause of the current recession!

The spreading would come from the stolen money these character took from the worth of our country thereby destroying gross quantity of assets.

This reform act by the Congress regulates exorbitant fees on the poor mainly, packaged loans in too large amount of assets for a bank, and the percentage of "risky loans, and investments in derivatives.

By doing those things above these banks are currently still making money by making no loans to business and all from fees, etc.
The reform doesn't go into effect until later!

Bank lobbies have spent 1.3 billion dollars trying to buy congress people to rescind this law!

The mad dogs are still at it. Obama doesn't want any money from workers or bankers individually, just wants to keep them honest.

Why does the Citizen continue to publish the foolish columns by Cal Thomas?

I guess if the columnist is a conservative it does not matter what he or she says. The Citizen just has to spread the venom.

One simple point: Thomas says the 2010 election was expression of the popular will. But according to Thomas, the Democrats elected in 2008 are "elected dictators." What a brain dead way to interpret American elections. What dribble!!


hutch866's picture

Don't like the columnist, don't read him, don't like the paper, don't read it. I'm sure somewhere on the web there's a site that only publishes what you want to hear.

I yam what I yam

The Wedge's picture

Jay Bookman writes a column for the AJC that is right up his alley. The problem with accusing people of contradictions is that everyone shows them. Writers and readers all. Lion is just not comfortable with his biases, I guess.

I read the Bookman crap.
He is worse than Thomas.

I read a lot of opinions on the web, in newspapers, magazines in addition to the Citizen.

I read the Citizen because it is the primary newspaper in this community, is free, and I have to pick it up from my driveway anyway.

The casual, non-political resident of Fayette County who reads the Citizen would get the impression that political views range from extreme nut-wing, conservative to just extreme conservative. Most do not read the AJC, NY Times, or other newspapers which would give them a broader view.

The Citizen of course can publish whatever it wishes. But I think sometimes it needs to be told that which it publishes as "opinion" is just trash.

And to compare Jay Bookman to Cal Thomas is just silly. I know that some in Fayette County consider the AJC and Bookman too left wing for words.


hutch866's picture

That was good old roundabout who compared Bookman to Thomas, you remember him right, one of the left's own, in fact he's just left of Lenin I believe.

I yam what I yam

PTC Observer's picture

Well at least he is right of President Obama.

Yes Bookman is "to the left of" Thomas politically, but he goes too far the other way.

I am an Independent, and call items as I see them, not by party.

Bookman criticizes a lot of things as wrong (pollution) but has no knowledge of the best way and the timeliness of correcting it.

He is also correct on many other things.

Can't you sort out a few good things that are done by the Democrats?

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