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