We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Along with Washington and Jefferson, Calvin Coolidge is in our presidential pantheon.
At Maggie's Farm, we reject the notion that the "greats" are those who expanded central power in Washington. What's so great about that? America was designed in opposition to centralized power. Is "freedom" a dirty word?
Coolidge in the Indian headdress reminds me that Charles Curtis, Vice President during Herbert Hoover's term, was 3/8 Indian, and spent part of his childhood on the reservation.
My favorite Coolidge story is where a woman approaches him at a party and says to him, "Mr. President, I've made a bet that I can get you to say at least three words."
Don't know if it actually occurred, but it makes a good story.
Gringo's cool Coolidge quote reminds me of a Churchill anecdote. One time, as the story was told to me, when approached by a horse-faced Mrs. Braddock at a cocktail function or some such, who said, “You are drunk Sir Winston, you are disgustingly drunk", Churchill retorted, "Yes, Mrs. Braddock, I am drunk. But you, Mrs. Braddock are ugly, and disgustingly fat. But, tomorrow morning, I, Winston Churchill, will be sober. You, however, Mrs. Braddock, will still be fat and ugly.”
I remember one of my early (high school?) history books stating that Silent Cal was an ineffectual president who accomplished nothing because he was grief stricken over the death of his son. I always wonder now if it written by Zinn.
You beat me to it --she is pretty electric alright --something about she delivers her thoughts --brains, looks, and conservative, too --that's a combo with a whole lotta, hmmm, well, can't think of the word
--true, but that would've squelched my comment. Solutiomn: 'as usual, women with looks and brains tend not to be Democrats' --but that opens the door to magic --the missing middle; ''but why on earth would that be?"