The Washington Flyer
December 25, 2020
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Special Christmas Season Message
On Christmas Eve, 1922, in a tumultuous time in American history, Vice President Calvin Coolidge offered a message of resounding hope to the American people of the peace and joy that Christ’s birth promises mankind.
“When the first Christmas came to mankind it brought the assurance that their faith and hope were justified. It revealed the existence of an everlasting righteousness. It established the foundation of the civilization of the Western world. Through all the shifting changes of more than nineteen centuries this revelation has remained, constant, unshaken, secure.
Through the influence of its teachings there has come a recognition of the glory of man. He has been raised up to his true position, ‘a little lower than the angels.’ The universal right of freedom has been acknowledged. Obedience to authority has been sanctified. The existence of a common brotherhood has been disclosed. The ever-abiding obligation of service has been established.
These are the fundamental principles of American institutions. They were not created by man. They cannot be destroyed by man. They have a higher, more imposing source, reaching from everlasting to everlasting. . . . The full significance of Christmas is lost unless, as a part of its observance, the American people think of these things.
These are the reasons why our country has no need of revolution. What it needs is perfection. The world waits on the extension of these principles into the practical affairs of people. Their application will be found not in some complicated legislative enactment, not in some abstruse theory, but in the simple and homely experience of everyday life. If more freedom is desired, it can be had by more obedience. If there is need of more brotherhood, it will be found in more service. If success be sought, the way lies open through thrift and industry. If character is wanted, it can be created by hard work and kind deeds. This is the substance of which America has been built. . .
All of this leads to but one conclusion. Preserve American institutions. Perfect the relationships of daily life. Persevere and go forward, obedient to the divine instruction: ‘Be ye constant in well doing.’ That way lies our promised peace and good will of which the angels sang with joy as they beheld the miracle of the first Christmas. The mission of America is to make that vision a reality.”