BACK TO VERMONT
And it all comes back to Vermont. "Vermont," said Coolidge, "is my birthright. My folks are happy and contented. The belong to themselves, live within their income and fear no man."
To appraise Calvin Coolidge we must never forget that Vermont has preserved perfectly the fundamentals of American life, "firm adherence to justice," moderation, temperance, industry and frugality," and thereby has preserved with remarkable fidelity "the blessings of liberty and a free government." But we must also understand that Vermont has preserved these things in isolation, harking back to a day that has passed in America. The fields and the factories of Vermont lie alongside each other. Men go to the fields and the children to the factories, and their children go to the fields and their fathers to the factories, making a full-time, diligent year. They live near the economic margin without want. Good-looking farm and village houses that would cost from eight to twenty-five thousand dollars today, houses built on straight colonial lines, houses built by straight colonial ancestors adorn the fields