Our institutions never contemplated that the conduct of this country, the direction of its affairs, the adoption of its policies, the maintenance of its principles, should be decided by a minority moved in part by self-interest and prejudice. They were framed on the theory that decisions would be made by the great body of voters inspired by patriotic motives. Faith in the people does not mean faith in a part of the people. It means faith in all the people. Our country is always safe when decisions are made by a majority of those who are entitled to vote. It is always in peril when decisions are made by a minority.
Coolidge must have lived at a time, in a place where people still had faith in democracy. Had his words been heeded in this Millenium, there would have been no war in Iraq, at least as far as the British were concerned, because contemporary polls show popular support for the anti-war ticket. The majority of British want to be out of the European Union. Not just ceding more powers, out, finished. It is almost certain that, given a referendum on the EU, we the people would vote OUT. But the establishment won't allow the majority to make that decision.
Calvin Coolidge. RIP