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The Forgotten Conservative: Rediscovering Grover Cleveland Hardcover – May 6, 2013
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Getting back to John M. Pafford's, The Forgotten Conservative, his dedication of the book is ":To the memory of Grover Cleveland, a Christian statesman and stalwart defender of the Constitution":. The forward was written by Lawrence W. Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education, praising this book that "...can reawaken in Americans a lost appreciation for what makes a a republic succeed and what makes it fail.".
As far as religion is concerned, Pafford goes to great lengths to explain Cleveland's spotty church attendance before, during, and after his presidencies referring to him at one point as a Deist like Jefferson but not a Unitarian, a firm Presbyterian and a believer in Christian fellowship, and his belief that as we follow laws set down by the Constitution, so should we follow the tenets set down by the Christan church. Immigrants, native Americans, and former slaves freed 21 years earlier will voluntarily adhere to a religious consensus. Mormons? Once they repudiated polygamy, Utah was admitted as the 45th state in 1896.
He used his veto power freely if he could not find Constitutional authority for passage. He supported English as the medium for instruction in Indian schools but supported separate schools for blacks and whites. Pafford does give him his liberal attitudes (for these times) toward Indian lands, their US citizenship, and the appointment of Frederick Douglass as recorder of deeds for the Distrct of Columbia. He was under great pressure from his party to replace Republican Douglass, who held the position since 1881. Finally, Cleveland gave in replacing him in 1886 meanwhile inviting the Douglass's to grand receptions at the White House.
Unlike the 25th and 26th presidents who followed his second term, Cleveland felt his role was constrained by the Constitution and did not promote what came to be called progressive policies. This is the main theme of Pafford's book. I admire Cleveland as a man and president of this gilded age but I do feel that this volume reveals its author's political prejudice a bit too much
My favorite Presidents are Cleveland, Coolidge and Eisenhower. Coolidge has gained a helluva resurgence due to Beck, the Tea Party (although they wouldn't know true conservatism and principles if it bite them in the butt), Amity Shales, and conservatism in general. Eisenhower has always been popular but I can never get books under 700 pages that provide a great read on his terms as pres and life. Quite frankly im not interested in a tome or book over 400 pages. Cleveland on the other hand has never been popular. The only reason his presidency caught my attention was due to a interview where Ron Paul said he was his favorite president. And that warranted my curiosity. I'm grateful for that and this book.
Worth the money!
I would also recommend this book.
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For a good insight to this book and what Grover Cleveland was truly like, I'll leave you with an excerpt of his inaugural address and let you compare it to what we currently have in the White House, the Senate, the House, and the courts: In his inaugural address, which he wrote himself and committed to memory, Cleveland pledged honest government, adherence to the Constitution, avoidance of foreign entanglements, sound money, the healing of sectional bitterness... If you read this book you will see that Grover Cleveland stayed true to his pledge. One final note -- Cleveland stated in the Texas Seed Bill that he did not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadily resisted, to the end that the lesson should be enforced that, though the people support the Government, the Government should not support the people.
Try comparing that last statement to the progressive socialism we currently have throughout our government.