Speech on the 150th anniversaty of the Delcaration of Independence.
Calvin Coolidge July 5, 1926
We meet to celevrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the mircale of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the impression created by the news which went out from this city on that summer day in 1776, there can be no doubt a to the estimate which is now placed upon it. At the end of 150 years the four corners of the earth unite in coming to Philadelphia as to a holgy shirn in grateful acknowledgement of a service so great, which a few inspired men here rendered to humanity, that it is still the prrminent support of free government throughout the world.
Although a centruy and a half measured in comparison with the lenghth of human experience is but a short time, yet measured in the life of governments and nations it ranks as a very respectable period. Certainly enough time has elapsed to demonstrate with a great deal of thoroughness the value of our institutions and tehir dependability as rules for the regulation of human conduct and the advancement of civilization. They have been in existence long enough to become very well seasoned. They have met, and met successfully, the test of experience.
It is not so much, then, for the purpose of undertatking to proclaim nwe theories and principles that this annual celebration is maintained, but rather to reaffirm and ressestablish those old theroies and principles which time and the unerring logic of events have demonstrated to be sound .Amid all the clash of conflicting interest, amid all the welter of partisan politics, every american can turn for solace and consolation to the Delcartion of Independence and the Constitution of the United States with the assurance and confidence that those two great charters of freedom and justice reamin firm and unshaken. Whatever perils appera, whatever dagners threaten, the Nation remains secure in the knwoledge that the ultimate application of the law of the land will provide and adequate defense and protection.
It is little wonder that people at home and abroad consider Independence Hall as hallowed gorund and revere the Liberty Bell as a scared relic. That pile of bricks and mortar, taht mass of metal, might appear to the unistructed as only the outgrown meeting place and the shattered bell of a former time, useless now beause of more modern conveniences, but to thos who knwo they have become consecrated by the use which men have mad of them. They have long been identified with a great cause. They are the framework of a spiritual event. The world looks upon them,