The Destiny of a Nation

Showing off her first tooth, and the second one ALMOST through!

The destiny of America lies around the hearthstone. If thrift and industry are taught there; if the example of self-sacrifice oft appears; if honor abide there, and high ideals; if there the building of fortune be subordinate to the building of character - America will live in security, rejoicing in an abundant prosperity and good government at home, and peace, respect and confidence abound. Look well, then, to the hearthstone; herein all hope for America lies. 

But, the hearthstone is an emblem. Beside it is enthroned the mother. It is the symbol of the Empire of Motherhood. The Creator lays the next generation in the lap of the mother; and we have high warrant for the belief that "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."

When God wants an important thing done in this world, or a wrong righted, He goes about it in a very singular way. He doesn't release His thunderbolts nor stir up his earthquakes. He simply has a tiny, helpless baby born, perhaps in a very obscure home, perhaps of a very humble mother. And He puts the idea or purpose into a mother's heart. And she puts it in the baby's mind, and then - God waits!

-President Calvin Coolidge

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