In doing some reading for my other blog (The Patriot Pages), I came across some information about President Calvin Coolidge. I never knew much about Coolidge other than his nickname, "Silent Cal."
In my research, I learned that Coolidge was famous for saying "No." He said no to budget increases, to unreasonable requests put to him by Congress and by other groups. He did not gain any popularity by saying "No." In fact, he made quite a few enemies. Still, I couldn't help but be impressed by his integrity, his determination in doing what he felt to be right.
Our present culture is one of "Yes." We say yes to ourselves, to our children, and, in my case, to our grandchildren. Perhaps we say "Yes" too much.
In 2012, Colorado said "Yes" to making marijuana legal, a decision we are already regretting. We said "Yes" to a president who is determined to take away our freedoms. We said "Yes" to other lawmakers with the same agenda.
So, for today, I am grateful for President Calvin Coolidge and his courage in saying "No."