"A wholesome regard for the memory of the great men of long ago
is the best assurance to a people of a continuation of great men to come,
who shall be able to instruct, to lead, and to inspire. A people who
worship at the shrine of true greatness will themselves be truly great."
Calvin Coolidge
(1872-1933) 30th US President
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A lot of truth there. The last sentence by itself would get more than 5 stars. It's too bad he didn't follow his own accolade.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    I wondered why we read the biographies of Washington, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Patton in high school. My high schooler today does not even know what a biography is. My girl does not know anything about Eisenhower except something about the Interstate system. Why do we not teach our kids about our great leaders?
     -- Eric, Wichita     
    Eric I read Eisenhowers chronilce of his days in Fort Meade, Maryland and his convoy across the continent in the early '20's and what a chore that trip was. When he saw the Autobahn he was convinced there had to be a better way, thus the Interstate System.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    Coolidge was probably the last truly Federalist president and was more libertarian than most. In fact the big criticism of Coolidge is that he was too laissez-faire and refused to regulate the economy as was becoming fashionable in Fascist Europe at the time. He was very popular and there is a reason my uncle is named after him. Can anyone imagine naming their child after any President from the last fifty years?
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    The last sentence of the quote gets 1000+ stars.A wholesome regard for the memory of grat men of long ago is no "assurance" to a people of great men to come but I would say that a wholesome regard for the memory of great men of long ago is most definitly an inspiration to the great people of noble and honest character who might lead our nation in the future.That is the only assurance I can be sure of.
     -- Me Again     
    It is the responsibility of each new generation to learn about the great men and women who have inspired and influenced the world in which we have been born. I know it was quite a surprise for me to discover how wise our Founders were and how little our current representatives resemble them. Indeed, what we 'worship' will determine what we will become.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    We no longer teach about great leaders because we need the future voters to believe that the old failed ideas of liberals are in fact 'new' and are yet to be tried. Study of the great men reveal what they triumphed over to become great. Knowing what the adversaries of the great men of the past stood for empowers us to stand against the same thing today. Therefore education stands in the way of "progress" in the progressive’s eyes.
     -- warren, olathe     
    Ken my great-great grandfather was born in 1843 and was named Martin Van Buren Reidling. He died on 2/16/1913 exactly 30 years before my birth in 1943. I don't know how great Martin was but I think he was well liked.
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
    After the first Gulf War, thousands of Saudis and Iraqis named their children 'George Bush'!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- nesar, 20      
    This is how I say it. "Great men have said many great things, and upon hearing these words even a mediocre man may be inspired to greatness." Kenneth Hubeny Sr.
     -- ken hubeny, milford pa     
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