Oh, this is good.
… if the prissy Princetonians insist on renaming the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Affairs, here’s a modest suggestion: Rename it for Warren Harding!
Harding was the anti-Wilson in all of the ways the campus protesters could want. He pardoned most of the political dissenters Woodrow Wilson had jailed during World War I, especially the socialist firebrand Eugene Debs, whom Harding then invited to the White House, saying afterward that he rather liked Debs. He also proposed civil rights protection for blacks, in a speech in Birmingham, Alabama, that drew boos and jeers from the mostly Democratic audience.
Power Line also suggests renaming Yale’s John Calhoun Hall for Calvin Coolidge. Which I could get behind, too. We do forget that Harding and Coolidge were a breath of fresh, clean air after the rancid miasma that was the Wilson administration – which is to say, progressive academics have done everything in their power to make people unaware of just how bad Woodrow Wilson was, as both a President and a human being. That’s actually a bit of a pattern…
(Via TaxProf) The Calvin Coolidge Foundation is offering a twenty thousand dollar prize for best blog on the subject of Coolidge:
The prize will go to the author who best captures the spirit of the thirtieth president and the ideals Coolidge favored, some of which were: independence, thrift, balanced budgets, a restrained federal government, active state government, perseverance after hardship, appreciation of commerce, stable money, support for international law, competence at work, meticulous respect for the Constitution, civility and respect for religious faith.
…Or just “integrity.”
PS: No, I’m not submitting it: this particular entry will be published far too late to be eligible, and Calvin Coolidge played by the rules.
I’ve been looking forward to reading Amity Shlaes’ Coolidge biography for a while; I really enjoyed her The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, and am looking forward to seeing what she’s done with the life story of a man who is himself forgotten these days (although not quite in the same sense). I plan to read it this weekend and review it next week (and hopefully get an interview with Ms. Shlaes, although that’s not yet been locked down). In the meantime, Ed Driscoll did interview Ms. Shlaes; check it out.