Paid Agitators? Deep State? Calvin Coolidge exposes their plan to have “authority over everybody” and “responsible to nobody”

President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech given May 15, 1926, at the College of William and Mary: “But there is another … recent development … the greatly disproportionate influence of organized minorities. Artificial propaganda, paid agitators, selfish interests, all impinge upon members of legislative bodies to force them to represent special elements rather than the great body of their constituency. When they are successful, minority rule is established. … The result is an extravagance on the part of the Government which is ruinous to the people and a multiplicity of regulations and restrictions for the conduct of all kinds of necessary business, which becomes little less than oppressive. …”

Coolidge continued, exposing the autocratic deep-state bureaucracy: “No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline. Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic. … Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy. It … sets up the pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody. …”

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Coolidge added: “We must also recognize that the national administration is not and cannot be adjusted to the needs of local government. … The states should not be induced by coercion or by favor to surrender the management of their own affairs. The federal government ought to resist the tendency to be loaded up with duties which the States should perform. It does not follow that because something ought to be done the national government ought to do it. …”

On what has been termed “draining the swamp,” Coolidge recommended: “I want to see the policy adopted by the states of discharging their public functions so faithfully that instead of an extension on the part of the federal government there can be a contraction. … The principles of government have the same need to be fortified, reinforced, and supported that characterize the principles of religion.”

Calvin Coolidge stated at the unveiling of Equestrian Statue of Bishop Francis Asbury, Oct. 15, 1924, Washington, D.C.: “There are only two main theories of government in the world. One rests on righteousness, the other rests on force. One appeals to reason, the other appeals to the sword. One is exemplified in a republic, the other is represented by a despotism. …”

Collins English Dictionary defines “despotism”: “the rule of a despot; arbitrary, absolute, or tyrannical government.”

SparkNotes on Locke’s “Second Treatise” states: “Despotical power is absolute, arbitrary power of one person to take the life and property of another against their will.”

John Locke’s “Second Treatise on Civil Government” (ch. 14-15) stated in a republic there should be: “No absolute or arbitrary power.”

The Constitutions of Kentucky and Wyoming state: “Absolute, arbitrary power over the lives, liberty and property of freemen exists nowhere in a republic.”

President Coolidge continued: “The history of government on this earth has been almost entirely a history of the rule of force held in the hands of a few. Under our Constitution, America committed itself to … the power in the hands of the people. … Our government rests upon religion. It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind. Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government.”

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