On the Inauguration

From 23 inaugurations ago, President Calvin Coolidge can still be heard crisply and resoundingly with a message for the ages.

“Because of what America is and what America has done, a firmer courage, a higher hope, inspires the heart of all humanity…

“We have been, and propose to be, more and more American. We believed that we can best serve our own country and most successfully discharge our obligations to humanity by continuing to be openly and candidly, intensely and unscrupulously, American…

“But if we wish to continue to be distinctly American, we must continue to make that term comprehensive enough to embrace the legitimate desires of a civilized and enlightened people determined in all their relations to pursue a conscientious and religious life. We can not permit ourselves to be narrowed and dwarfed by slogans and phrases. It is not the adjective, but the substantive, which is of real importance. It is not the name of the action, but the result of the action, which is the chief concern.” — Calvin Coolidge

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