Remember Silent Cal? No, Coolidge, not Ripken 

Cal Ripken was a great ballplayer for the Baltimore Orioles, but Calvin Coolidge was a great president, quite possibly the most forgotten of our best chief executives. Alan Snyder at Big Government explains why we should all remember Mr. Coolidge with respect and gratitude.

My admiration for Coolidge, however, is as much for his political character, as for his political principles. Snyder rightly points to this explanation for why Coolidge chose not to seek another term in the White House, which he almost certainly would have won had he sought it:

"It is difficult for men in high office to avoid the malady of self-delusion. They are always surrounded by worshipers. They are constantly, and for the most part sincerely, assured of their greatness. They live in an artificial atmosphere of adulation and exultation which sooner or later impairs their judgment. They are in grave danger of becoming careless and arrogant."

I wonder if there are a dozen members of the present Congress, on both sides of the aisle, about whom those words could not justifiably be applied.

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