Though it was on this day in 1933 that former President Calvin Coolidge died at the young age of sixty, for us he continues to live. As we begin the seventh year of this blog, we look back on the opportunities to talk “Coolidge” with so many not only in the presentations we have done, the classes we have taught, the books both completed and underway we have helped write, but in the everyday conversation with folks everywhere. We are so thankful for every one of you. You inspire us to persevere in well doing.
As we enter the Twenties once more, a hundred years and counting after his service on the national stage, we look forward to so many more occasions to share Coolidge with others. Sometimes, we find those who are already friends of Cal with whom we can enjoy a common admiration. Others are the Coolidge friends yet to be. We find Coolidge country is alive and thriving and that it crosses not only national borders but entire oceans. Cal did not set out to be great but as the wise Teacher once said: “Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant.” It that Cal certainly succeeded. Coolidge’s commitment to selfless service in public office may not rank him among the great in the eyes of many (who look for flashier qualities in leaders) but he embodies the Teacher’s measure of greatness remarkably well. The more time passes, the more we find the servant is not a passe brand from a bygone era. Instead, we actually find we continue to need servant leaders and that Cal doesn’t get older, he gets fresher and more timely because the mantle of faithful service fits him so well.
We love you, Mr. Coolidge. You look better than ever.