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To: Parmenio

In my opinion T.R. was the most courageous President this Nation has ever had.


4 posted on 02/22/2012 11:33:01 AM PST by Portcall24
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To: Portcall24

I’m in the process of listening to Edmund Morris’ three volume biography of Roosevelt (I have a rather long daily commute). He was certainly not afraid of death, as a young man (in the Black Hills, when he captured desperados and rode them back to civilization at gunpoint), resigning a cabinet post to fight in Cuba, or at the end of his life when he almost died while exploring the Amazon.


7 posted on 02/22/2012 11:41:41 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: Portcall24
He was also probably the most intellectually brilliant. People tend to forget that from Lincoln to Hoover the Republican Party was the actual home of what could legitimately (as opposed to how the word has been usurped by the Marxists among us) be called "progressive" thought. That is equal treatment under the law regardless of a citizen's race, Federalism as opposed to States' Rights, an open marketplace vs. monopolism, an industrial policy based on fostering American industry via import tariffs, etc. The Democratic party of his time was the father protector of Jim Crow and unabashed racism, the Ku Klux Klan, William Jennings Bryan Populism and free silver, etc.

Real Federal Government overreach in the form of the income tax, a huge and powerful Federal bureaucracy, discrimination based on race (for or against specific groups - it's still racism), ignoring or perverting the US constitution (FDR's attempt to pack the Supreme Court is a prime example), are not "progressive" at all and are nothing new for the Democrats. So, unlike a certain radio talk show host, I do not put TR and Wilson into the same political classification. And frankly, within reasonable bounds I think the National Park System is an unalloyed public good. Government funding for Public Radio, PBS, Planned Parenthood Eugenics, ACORN Voter Fraud, the "Arts", public employee unions and a bloated and poisonous Marxist hotbed education system ... not at all.

13 posted on 02/22/2012 12:32:58 PM PST by katana (Just my opinions)
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