Wisdom from History, Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt..

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Question: Where to start? As a man among men, “Teddy,” and/or, Theodore Roosevelt was truly a Renaissance man.

According to Webster: “Renaissance man,” A man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.

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 (Young Theodore Roosevelt) 

Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt, Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States (1901–1909).

He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his “cowboy” persona and robust masculinity.

He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the first incarnation of the short-lived Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Party of 1912.

Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Roosevelt was 42 years old when sworn in as President of the United States in 1901, making him the youngest president ever; he beat out the youngest elected president, John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy, by one year.

Roosevelt was also the first of only three sitting presidents to have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Teddy bear is named for him, despite his contempt for being called “Teddy”.

Born into a wealthy family in New York City, Roosevelt was a sickly child who suffered from asthma and stayed at home studying natural history.

To overcome his physical weakness, he embraced a strenuous life. Home-schooled, he became an eager student of nature. He attended Harvard University, where he studied biology, boxed and developed an interest in naval affairs.

In 1881, one year out of Harvard, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he became a leader of the reform faction of his Republican Party (the “GOP”).

His The Naval War of 1812 (1882) established his professional reputation as a serious historian; he wrote numerous books on hunting, the outdoors, and current political issues, as well as frontier history.

In 1884, his first wife and his mother died on the same day. He temporarily left politics and went to the frontier, becoming a rancher in the “Badlands” in the Dakotas.

Returning to New York City, he ran for mayor in 1886, finishing third with 60,000 votes. He later gained fame by taking vigorous charge of the city police. At the national level, he was a leader in civil service reform.

The Spanish–American War broke out in 1898 while Roosevelt was, effectively, running the Department of the Navy.

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He promptly resigned and formed the Rough Riders – a volunteer cavalry regiment that fought in Cuba. The war hero was elected governor in 1898 and in 1900 was nominated for vice president. He successfully energized the GOP base as a highly visible campaigner to reelect President William McKinley, Jr. on a platform of high tariffs, the gold standard, imperialism, prosperity at home and victory abroad.

In 1901, President McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became President. He attempted to move the Republican Party (GOP) toward Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses.

Roosevelt became the first person elected to a term in his own right in 1904 after having ascended to the Presidency (from the Vice-Presidency) upon the death of his predecessor, winning the largest percentage of the popular vote since the uncontested election of 1820. Roosevelt coined the phrase “Square Deal” to describe his domestic agenda, emphasizing that the average citizen would get a fair share under his policies.

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As an outdoorsman and naturalist, he promoted the conservation movement.

On the world stage, Roosevelt’s policies were characterized by his slogan, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”. Roosevelt was the force behind the completion of the Panama Canal; sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to demonstrate American power; and negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the end of his second term, Roosevelt promoted his friend William Howard Taft for the 1908 Republican nomination.

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He toured Africa and Europe. On his return in 1910 he broke bitterly with President Taft on issues of progressivism and personalities.

In the 1912 election Roosevelt tried and failed to block Taft’s renomination. He launched the Bull Moose Party that called for far-reaching progressive reforms.

He lost to Democrat “Woodrow Wilson,” (the man that sold America to the Rothschilds for eighty thousand dollars), as the Taft conservatives gained control of the Republican party for decades to come.

Roosevelt led a major expedition to the Amazon jungles but contracted diseases which ruined his health. Roosevelt has consistently been ranked by scholars as one of the greatest U.S. Presidents, having revived a declining presidency.


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Personally, as Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was the last president before the U.S. government allowed the Federal Reserve act in 1913, to become law, I would suggest that Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was the last president of the United States that didn’t stab America’s citizens in the back.


Editorial: As a (home schooled) student of both history and human nature my personal opinion of Theodore Roosevelt, is as I have written; “Roosevelt was indeed a “Renaissance Man,” and beyond, ..as a soldier, ..a patriot, ..and a fervent keeper of the faith.

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A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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(I am off limits to negative criticism).

To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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 The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.

Theodore Roosevelt.

no hyphenated Americanism

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the new deal - food stamps

The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.

Theodore Roosevelt.

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 Families may not have borders, however…

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..the U.S., does have borders, ..and they are well drawn.

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If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.

Theodore Roosevelt.

In closing, in an attempt to present a balance to my readers I offer you…

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..young (oblivious) Barack Obama, ..and,

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 ..current (oblivious) Barack Obama.


Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow


Crusader Rabbit…

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