Calvin Coolidge remarks at 150 Ann. of Dec. of Ind.
November 22, 2014 2 Comments
At the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, 1926, President Calvin Coolidge stated:
“People at home and abroad consider Independence Hall as hallowed ground and revere the Liberty Bell as a sacred relic.
That pile of bricks and mortar, that mass of metal, might appear as only the outgrown meeting place and the shattered bell…
But to those who know, they have become consecrated. They are the framework of a spiritual event.
The world looks upon them because of their associations of 150 years ago, as it looks upon the Holy Land because of what took place there nineteen hundred years ago.”
“The American Revolution represented the…convictions of a great mass of independent, liberty-loving, God-fearing people who knew their rights, and possessed the courage to dare to maintain them….
“In the great outline of its principles the DECLARATION was the result of the RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS of the preceding period…
The PRINCIPLES…which went into the DECLARATION of Independence… are found in the texts, the SERMONS, and the writings of the EARLY COLONIAL CLERGY…
They preached equality because they believed in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.
They justified freedom by the text that we are all created in the divine image…
Placing EVERY MAN on a plane where he acknowledged NO SUPERIORS,
WHERE NO ONE POSSESSED ANY RIGHT TO RULE OVER HIM, he must inevitably choose his own rulers through a system of SELF-GOVERNMENT…
In order that they might have freedom to express these thoughts and opportunity to put them into action, WHOLE CONGREGATIONS with their PASTORS had migrated to the colonies…
In its main feature the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE is a great SPIRITUAL DOCUMENT.
It is a declaration not of material but of spiritual conceptions.
Equality, LIBERTY, popular sovereignty, the rights of man – these are not elements which we can see and touch. They are ideals.
They have their SOURCE and their roots in the RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS. They belong to the unseen world.
“UNLESS the faith of the American in these RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS is to endure, the principles of OUR DECLARATION WILL PERISH.
We cannot continue to enjoy the RESULT if we neglect and abandon the CAUSE.”