I want to share something from Calvin Coolidge. We've been talking about getting together and internationalism and everything else. Coolidge knew a thing or two about bringing people together despite their differences.
In 1925, he rejected the Ku Klux Klan's motto of America First. Here's what he said:
The generally expressed desire of America first cannot be criticized. It's a perfectly correct aspiration for our people to cherish. But the problem we have to solve is how to make America first. It can't be done by the cultivation of national bigotry, arrogance, or selfishness. Hatred, jealousies, and suspicions will not be productive of any benefits in this direction. Here again, we must apply the rule of toleration. By toleration, I don't mean an indifference to evil. I mean respect for different kinds of good.
That is one of the most important lines I've ever heard on how to tolerate.
Whether one traces his Americanism back three centuries to the Mayflower or three years to steerage is not half as important as whether his Americanism is real and genuine. No matter by what various crafts we came here, we're now all in the same boat.
That is Calvin Coolidge and why I believe he was probably the best president of the 20th century.
Enjoy this complimentary clip from The Glenn Beck Program:
Featured Image: U.S. President Calvin Coolidge with four Osage Indians after Coolidge signed the bill granting Indians full citizenship, 1924 (Library of Congress).