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Posted on 03/13/2010 6:52:19 PM PST by molybdenum
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States of America, 1901-1909, leader of the Republican party, and (in 1912-16) the Progressive Party. Roosevelt is best known for his remarkable personality and commitment to democratic process. He was strongly committed to law and order, active leadership, civic duty, and individual self-responsibility, and was more concerned with the process of change than its direction. A strong and vigorous man both personally and in politics, it was through Roosevelt that the world identified America with cowboy values of courage, initiative, and hardiness while it watched TR expand American influence in world affairs. Roosevelt enlarged the presidency because he made it a "bully pulpit" for national uplift and inspiration. He preached as much as he... http://www.conservapedia.com/Theodore_Roosevelt
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Sounds like a "save the earth" and "save the whales" type of liberal to me.
The word progressive had a totally different meaning back then. Like the word gay.
In my son’s Steck Vaughn geography book, the text picked Muir out as the person most typifying “America”.
One of the reasons I began homeschooling.
Not to me. Sounds like someone just fed up with people.
Teddy liked the trees in order to make log cabins and liked animals so he could shoot them. Muir wasn’t into that. LOL.
And the word “liberal”.
I prefer dogs. I've never met a human with as nearly decent a character as the lowliest hound. All dogs go to Heaven. Can't say the same about people.
The federal gov't OWNING ANY LAND is obscene...
The Roosevelt family did more to damage this country than the Kennedys could even dream of.
There are areas of disagreements with TR but
the demonization of Theodore Roosevelt by the Man Child on FOX TV has gotten old.
Teddy Roosevelt winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and
awarded Medal of Honor for his Military Service
He lost a son in WWI
His son Teddy Jr. served in both WWI & II
also awarded Medal of Honor. Gen. Roosevelt died shortly after his assault on Utah Beach D day
He got the National Parks system established, to protect the great wilderness areas and open them for public enjoyment.
True, he was practical and a great outdoorsman.
I think he overreached, all right. A powerful man with an idea he was the nation’s Father; his biography shows that he realized this later on. But the idea of the feds owning any land? We the People own the land.
But it was US Grant who made the first National Park, at Yellowstone.
It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
President Theodore Roosevelt Speech at the Sorbonne April 23, 1910
Yeah, I know. I guess we can debate the merits of federal gov’t getting involved in setting up parks, or allowing this to happen through the private market.
Teddy Roosevelt was no liberal.
Thanks to him we have the National Park System and all the square miles of game and fishing country.
An avid hunter and sportsman himself, he always supported the shooting sports and hunting, going to Africa himself to kill large game animals.
He was a patriot and a Great American.
Read about him in some unbiased sources.
If it weren’t for the National Park System, most of our joint national heritage in game animals, fishing lands and open spaces would have disappeared long ago.
Don’t blame TR or the concept for current abuses by Statists.
You are out of your mind.
Teddy Roosevelt was NOTHING like FDR, Eleanor Roosevelt OR the Kennedys.
The problem is WE THE PEOPLE ARE the Government or should be.
Roosevelt campaigned against political corruption, police corruption, unsanitary conditions in the food industry and for things like child labor laws.
People who compare modern day “progressives” with the progressives of TR’s day simply have lost their sense of perspective.
Glenn Beck is a great guy, and right on many issues.
Teddy Roosevelt and preserving lands for public hunting, fishing, hiking, etc., are not two of them.
My Great Great Grandfather was a Republican in politics in New York City at the Time TR was Gov. and admired TR very much.
Teddy Roosevelt was a Great American and a man’s man:
boxer, martial artist, zoologist, big game hunter, explorer, writer, scholar, military science expert, historian, linguist,politician, corruption fighter,rough rider, cowboy, lawman - you name it.
EVERYTHING America and Americans have always admired and respected.
We could use a man like Teddy Roosevelt today.
TR, Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, Sarah Palin - all Great Americans cast in similar molds.
Whereas I like the Man Child, but disagree with him on much of his philosophy, I think that MC is well on his way to that place where all good Big L Libertarians eventually wind up-—Laughingstockville.
But, many people have go thru Laughingstockville first to get to Conservative City. Trashing the church should hasten the departure.
parsy, who spent a few years in Laughingstockville
The best move you could make! Good for you.
Interesting comments as usual pars
Nope, Teddy was no hero. He was the first Progressive Socialist President. Theodore Roosevelt was the exemplar of our current Moderate Republicans, the anathema to today's GOP Conservatives.
I read a double-book biography of this man a few years ago, and just by his background, his life & works, he couldn’t have been the socialist some people think he was. He shouldn’t be put in the same category as FDR (his cousin), Johnson, Kennedys, or Klinton (!!).
TR was worlds away from any of these presidents. And the world of the early 20th century was greatly different than today. He died nearly 100 years ago.
Woodrow Wilson, now, can be called the father of our present disarray.
What part of The U. S. Constitution said that the Federal Government had any authority to attempt to protect citizens from themselves? Teddy was the first one to attempt to remake society in his image and in that sense he was the first to begin slicing the Salami.
Not true the federal gov't OWNS MUCH LAND..
You know, instead of the STATES owning their own land..
Even then, if you can be taxed on land you own...
You are merely RENTING it from the gov't..
National Parks(federal parks) are obscene.. State Parks may not be..
Not true.. or true in only some places.. where the people of a certain State don't care about natural things.. Would not be true in Alaska..
Its true some States have more stupid people..
Technically that’s true. But in the case of national parks, they needed to be cared for and protected; each state could have done this, however. I don’t think he or anyone else could have envisioned how the government would overreach in the future. The State of Nevada is an example of Fed land, almost the entire state.
Try telling that to Glenn Beck. He thinks he knows history after just discovering the concept of history about 18 months ago.
Its possible to admire TR as a human being, while complaining about the enormous land-holdings in federal hands.
I would like to see most BLM lands privatized, and most parks and national forests handed back to the states. Aside from specific bases and installations, the feds should not be in the business of owning large swaths of land.
There is very little federal land in Texas, and somehow they manage to find places to hunt there. With almost no federal land, there are still plenty of open spaces. They just happen to be private. You have to talk to the landowner if you want to go in there.
I think he would have been appalled at his cousin FDR in the 30s. I’ll tell you what, the bio is in the library and I’ll go thru it again to see where he did the things you accuse him of. Here’s another excerpt from the article:
Roosevelt enlarged the presidency because he made it a “bully pulpit” for national uplift and inspiration. He preached as much as he politicked. He felt responsible for the well-being and morals of the whole country. He set an example of how a large, strenuous life could be led, and he invited others to renew their energies and apply them to public causes. TR strongly endorsed motherhood and criticized women who had careers while neglecting motherhood .
In the contest beteen Conservation and environmentalism, Roosevelt supported the conservation and optimum use of natural resources, and opposed the environmentalists of the day, such as John Muir. (Conservapedia)
Progressive Republicans Theodore Roosevelt and W. H. Taft brought:
Governmental control of corporations and “Trust-busting”
Siding with strikers in the 1902 coal strike
Mandatory 40 hour work week
Pure, Food and Drug Act
Federal Reserve Act
Government involvement in conservation of Natural Resources, requiring corporate interests to be balanced with nature
16th Amendment - Income Tax - Feb 1913
17th Amendment - Direct Election of Senators - May 1913 [begun before Taft’s term ended]
Recognition of Labor Unions to go on strike and collective bargain
FDR didn’t start American Socialism. He simply put his own spin to something his cousin started.
He wasn’t perfect, but...
“In addition to holding elective office as a New York State Assemblyman, Governor of New York, Vice President, and President, he was also a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders, all by the age of 42, at which time he became the youngest man ever to hold the office of President.”
Pooh on those who deride this great man.
“TR signed into law the ability of the federal government to OWN LAND in the States”
A noble idea gone bad. Even Reagan had a few bloopers.
Theodore Roosevelt is mostly remembered as the twenty-sixth President of the United States, but this astonishingly multifaceted man was a great many other things as well.
In addition to holding elective office as a New York State Assemblyman, Governor of New York, Vice President, and President, he was also a deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders *, all by the age of 42, at which time he became the youngest man ever to hold the office of President. (1) (2)
He was one of the original members of the American Institute of Arts and Letters, and he was one of the first fifteen elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was a founder of the Boone and Crocket Club, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the Long Island Bird Club.
He also established himself as a historian (he was President of the American Historical Association) and as a naturalist (he was considered the world’s authority on large American mammals and he led two major scientific expeditions for prominent American Museums, one in South America and one in Africa, each lasting many months). Had he not become President, he would be remembered for his contributions in both of these fields.
In between these busy enterprises, he found time to ranch in the West, hunt on several continents, raise a family of six rambunctious children, read a remarkable number of books (often one a day), write more than thirty-five himself, and develop an extraordinary network of friends and contacts, which he maintained mostly by mail, writing well over 150,000 letters.
Theodore Roosevelt Presidential achievements are impressive. In foreign affairs he led us into the arena of international power politics, thrusting aside the American tradition of isolationism, while on the domestic scene, he reversed the traditional federal policy of laissez-faire, and sought to bring order, social justice, and fair dealings to American industry and commerce. In all his policies as Chief Executive, he expanded the powers and responsibilities of the Presidential office, establishing the model of the modern Presidency which has been followed by most of his successors in the White House.
His specific achievements are numerous. Perhaps his greatest contribution was his work for conservation. During his tenure in the White House from 1901 to 1909, he designated 150 National Forests, the first 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 5 National Parks, the first 18 National Monuments, the first 4 National Game Preserves, and the first 21 Reclamation Projects. Altogether, in the seven-and-one-half years he was in office, he provided federal protection for almost 230 million acres, a land area equivalent to that of all the East coast states from Maine to Florida.
Aside from his conservation efforts, he “busted” trusts bringing the large corporations under the control of the people; he began the Panama Canal ( Panama Canal and - more canal photos); he established the Department of Commerce and Labor; he negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War and thereby won the Nobel Peace Prize; he preached a “Square Deal” for all Americans, enabling millions to earn a living wage; he built up the Navy as the “Big Stick,” thus establishing America as a major world power; he reduced the National debt by over $90,000,000; and he secured the passage of the Elkins Act and the Hepburn Act for regulation of the railroads, the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act for consumer protection, and the Federal Employers’ Liability Act for Labor.
In addition, he successfully mediated international disputes over Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Morocco. He was the first world leader to submit a dispute to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and he was the first head of state to call for convening of what became the Second Hague Peace Conference at which he obtained for Latin American nations equal status with the rest of the world, and won the adoption of the Drago Doctrine, which outlawed the use of force in the collection of foreign debts.
I wish to God Almighty we had another just like now.
I was referring to Muir, not Roosevelt. I reread my post and my wording was ambiguous -- sorry. I agree that Roosevelt was a patriot with America's best interests at heart. He did, however, sow some of the initial seeds that set the stage for the growth of gov't. For instance, Theodore's Square Deal was used as a stepping stone for Frankin's New Deal.
Don’t make the mistake of using the extreme left’s definition of progressive. Conservatives are the true Progressives according to the real definition of the word.
Progress: gradual betterment; especially : the progressive development of humankind
The extreme left version is actually regressive. T. Roosevelt was not a regressive, nor would he be considered one today, by any reasonable stretch of the imagination.
He wasn’t a perfect man. However, even those who many of us Conservatives greatly admire, such as Goldwater, Reagan, Palin, etc., aren’t perfect either.
I say he was a great man, with many great accomplishments to his credit.
“I’ve never met a human with as nearly decent a character as the lowliest hound.”
Hounds don’t have character. They’re nothing but dumb brutes.
Dogs act according to instinct, with absolutely no ability to choose between right and wrong.
They can’t even understand the difference.
You're wrong of course, but then you're probably some cat loving fag.
TR’s 1st term was tempered by the need to follow McKinley's legacy, but once launched as his own president, he vigorously pursued an activist, statist government, checked only by a conservative Republican Congress. As his 2nd term progressed, he became more and more populist, especially with his attacks on the courts and the national system of checks and balances that stood in the way of his radicalization.
As ex-President he became downright pernicious, leading a near socialist/fascist agenda to the strongest 3rd party showing ever. Read the Progressive Party's platform and you will see; more revealing are his speeches which were ungrounded in any political philosophy but his own ego.
The word “great” is accurate for this man - he was larger than any other of his day, yet he did not always put his greatness to great pursuits, and in some cases he downright abused his power of personality for mischievous ends.
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