The essays contained in Why Coolidge Matters are written by a diverse group of Coolidge scholars and others who are interested in preserving the legacy of “Silent Cal.” President Coolidge, who served as the 30th President of the United States, served during the “Roaring Twenties” or what became known as “Coolidge Prosperity.” As President, Coolidge was a conservative who supported limited-government policies and he was a defender of the Constitution.
As Burton Folsom wrote, “Why Calvin Coolidge matters, first, is because limited government worked well during his Presidency — an ideal that is not tried often today. Second, Coolidge had a strong character, which reflected his loyalty to the principles of freedom and constitutional government.” John Van Til wrote that Coolidge’s “life had two principal features,” which centered on a Christian worldview and a “deep devotion to the Founding Fathers and their achievements in creating the American System, its substance being on display in the Declaration and the Constitution.”
In our current era of complex political, economic, and social problems, the nation can learn a lot by studying the virtues and philosophy of President Coolidge. Why Coolidge Matters is a solid overview of why the principles of President Coolidge can be applied to the policy problems of today. Whether the issue is economic recovery, immigration, or solving a number of complex political problems, President Coolidge left us with a record that demonstrates that governing by constitutional limited-government principles is the best solution.
As historian John Moser wrote: “For Coolidge, conservatism meant strict adherence to the Constitution, a tightly limited role for the Executive Branch, and above all fiscal discipline.” These are all principles that would serve both Republicans and Democrats well and the principles needed to restore the United States.