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Today's also Calvin Coolidge's birthday

Nowadays, he's mostly remembered as "Silent Cal," but the fact that he's remembered for anything is because he became president on the backs of Boston Police officers, whose strike he broke in 1919 by calling in National Guardsmen, who shot into a crowd, killing five.

More on the strike.

H/t Brad.

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john adams and thomas jefferson and all the terrible shit they did!

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thomas-jefferson-and-john-ad...

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...what was the terrible stuff John Adams did?

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He oversaw the worst single law ever in American history, the Sedition act. This act, a partner to the Alien act (almost as bad), was pushed though by Adams a mere 8 years after passage of the bill of rights. The act made it illegal to criticize the government in any way. In this, it made a mockery of free expression.

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Flawed for sure. But overall, I am glad MA gets to claim JA over TJ.

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if you have never seen the HBO mini series about john adams starring paul giamatti you should really check it out, its excellent. very underrated actor

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Not Vermont's president. Dammit.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Shoulda been done long ago

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Been to the cheese place.

As exciting as Cal's public perception and not the reality of his personality of killing civilians which he ordered tacitly.

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Please stop the hypocrisy. please list all the bad acts of ALL the presidents. None of them are without sin.

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Why might a Boston Web site on July 4th take particular note of Coolidge? If the answer eludes you, try reading the original post again. Shouldn't take you more than 30 seconds.

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There's an old joke Democrats used to tell about President Coolidge, a man of
few words. It seems the president attended church one Sunday, while Mrs.
Coolidge remained at the White House.

On his return, anxious that she might have missed something significant, the
first lady asked her husband about the preacher's sermon topic.

"He spoke about sin," the president replied.

"What did he say?" Mrs. Coolidge inquired.

"He was against it."

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… public persona, Coolidge was a well-educated man- Amherst graduate & student of Dante amongst other things. In fact, it was a group of Amherst alumni led by the owner of the now defunct RH Stearns Department Store (and popularly known as “Lord Lingerie”) who pushed for his VP nomination at the Republican Convention. The powers-that-be chose someone else (Senator Henry Cabot Lodge notoriously remarked about Coolidge that, “the Republican Party will never nominate anyone who lives in a two-family house”). Used to having their choices ratified, they left the hall. Coolidge’s name was placed before the convention instead and he rode a wave of enthusiasm to the nomination.

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