I'm surprised we haven't crossed paths before (that I know of) here on FR since our ideas are seemingly congruent. Teddy Roosevelt did say a few good things about the dangers of a balkanized America. But that doesn't make up for his progressivism, a trait shared by quite a few nominal Republicans of that era including George William Norris and "Fighting" Bob M. La Follette. And...don't get me started on his pernicious land grab resulting in the Nationalized Park system. Yep, indeed no fan of TR here!