Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

On this day, Sept. 21, 1924, America’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, addressed the Holy Name Society in Washington, D.C. He stated: “The worst evil that could be inflicted upon the youth … would be to leave them without restraint … at the mercy of their own uncontrolled inclinations. Under such conditions education would be impossible, and all orderly development … hopeless. I do not need to picture the result.” President Coolidge concluded: “It seems … perfectly plain that … the right to equality, liberty and property … have for their foundation reverence for God. If we could imagine that swept away … our American government could not long survive.”