Dateline Northampton, April 9, 1931

In his daily syndicated column Calvin Coolidge Says, the former president remarked on the human quality of ingenuity, so often found in Americans, particularly those of the Yankee variety. While padding his quota of words somewhat with economic statistics, he nevertheless stressed the eternal truth of creativity and ingenuity being innate human qualities that succeed best where the people are free from interference and direction, even when (government) direction is given with the best intentions:

We cannot make any proper estimate of the present or the future without taking into consideration the natural and unconquerable impulse of human nature to improve, produce and progress. Left to itself it will find a way.

A reliable publication recently stated that last year over six hundred new tools were perfected to make the labor of man more effective and more expeditious. The record of new corporationsorganized in the State of New York for the March quarter was over sixty-five hundred. That was thirty-one more than the corresponding period in the previous year. A survey of industrial conditions about the metropolitan area of New York City discloses that four years ago there were thirty-four thousand manufacturing plants with an average of twenty-nine employees.

These accomplishments are not the result of huge aggregations of capital and great engineering skill – they represent the inherent creative energy and ingenuity of the people. This is apparent in every workshop and on every farm in the land. That is the spirit of life. Nowhere has it been so predominant than in the United States. It is a guarantee for the future.