Presidents’ Day…and Who Will Be Next?

“Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.”  —Herbert Hoover.

Today is a very special day in America! It’s a day set aside to honor all the men who have served as the “commander-in-chief, “head of state,”  “voice of the people” and “CEO” of our country. Today—or at least these coming months—is also a critical time in our nation because it’s an election year, so everyone is busy studying the prospective candidates (hopefully) to determine whom they think will be the best next president. I thought it might be worth considering the legacy of wisdom passed on to us by previous presidents, and perhaps some of their insights can help inform our opinions:

“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.”—John Calvin Coolidge

“The man who can look upon a crisis without being willing to offer himself upon the altar of his country is not for public trust.” —Millard Fillmore

“Truth is the glue that holds governments together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go.”—Gerald Ford

“Above all, tell the truth.”—Stephen Grover Cleveland

“A president’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.” – Lyndon Johnson

“It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t. ” —Martin Van Buren

“We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.”—James Carter

“That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime—to set an example—and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.”—William McKinley

“A decent and manly examination of the acts of the Government should be not only tolerated, but encouraged.” —William Henry Harrison

“I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials. While exercising the great powers of the office I hold, I would regret in a crisis like the one through which we are now passing to lose the benefit of patriotic and intelligent criticism.”  Woodrow Wilson

“To avoid entangling alliances has been a maxim of our policy ever since the days of Washington, and its wisdoms no one will attempt to dispute.”—James Buchanan

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” —George Washington

“War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.”  William McKinley

“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.”—Benjamin Harrison

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”—Gerald Ford

“Those who want the government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.” – Harry S. Truman

“Wealth can only be obtained by the earning of industry and the saving of frugality.” —John Tyler

“The people have to bear their own responsibilities. There is no method by which that burden can be shifted to the government. It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation.” – Calvin Coolidge

“It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens.”—Stephen Grover Cleveland

“The consequences arising from the continual accumulation of public debts in other countries ought to admonish us to be careful to prevent their growth in our own.” – John Adams

“I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth or shapes it into a garment will starve in the process.”  Benjamin Harrison

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” – Ronald Reagan

“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.”  Woodrow Wilson

“There is nothing wrong in America that can’t be fixed with what is right in America.”—William Clinton

“I pray Heaven to bestow the best of blessing on this house [the White House] and on all that shall heareafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof!” —John Adams

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” John Quincy Adams

Amen? Amen.

“The integrity of the upright shall guide them:
but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”

(Proverbs 11:3)

One response to “Presidents’ Day…and Who Will Be Next?

  1. Charylene Powers

    You have given us a lot to ponder in this post – and we are truly pondering who we will be voting for. ??????

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