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Bullfeathers!
Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 12, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline

Posted on 04/12/2010 8:18:45 AM PDT by bs9021

Bullfeathers!

Malcolm A. Kline, April 12, 2010

Republicans who decry academic biases against the Grand Old Party may, in turn, be suffering from misinformation about their own party’s political history, particularly when they lionize the ultimate “Big Government Conservative”—Teddy Roosevelt.

His memorabilia adorns Karl Rove’s office. He glowers from photos and portraits hung in Republican congressional offices.

The Republican Capitol Hill Club here in Washington, D. C. features his forbidding visage prominently. Two doors down, another Republican hangout, Bullfeathers! Bar, is named after one of his favorite expressions.

His toehold on American popular culture is no less secure. Thanks to Mount Rushmore, he can glare at his country long after all his portraits fade.

The Teddy Bear was named after him. Maxwell House coffee, so the legend goes, got its famous catchphrase from Teddy Roosevelt’s own lips. “This coffee is good to the last drop,” the old Rough Rider allegedly declared after finishing a cup of java at the Maxwell House hotel in Tennessee.

To be sure, his patriotism is beyond reproach. For example, there was the sending of the Seventh Fleet to shell the coast of Alexandria, Egypt when Americans were kidnapped there during Roosevelt’s years as president.

Also, the Panama Canal may have been the quickest way to get from the Atlantic to the Pacific but it could also be argued that Teddy arranged it in a, also arguably, typically ham-handed way.....

(Excerpt) Read more at academia.org ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Government; History; Politics
KEYWORDS: bookreview; history; liberalprogressivism; teddyroosevelt

1 posted on 04/12/2010 8:18:45 AM PDT by bs9021
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To: bs9021
Whoever said Teddy Roosevelt was a conservative?
2 posted on 04/12/2010 8:24:40 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (FYBO: Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: bs9021

Teddy was a progressive (and yes, it meant much the same thing then as it does now), a spoiled little rich kid with a bred-in contempt for the “little people” and an imperialist beyond par. Government was for those “born to lead” and the rest of us were to be quiet and let our betters take care of things. He would have been quite content with today’s demonRAT party.
I have no love for this man.


3 posted on 04/12/2010 9:23:50 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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