Friday, March 27, 2009

Colonel Teddy Roosevelt

This is striking portrait of Colonel Teddy Roosevelt. The picture was taken shortly before he left for Cuba for the Spanish American War.

I have mentioned before that I thought that Teddy Roosevelt was the greatest president ever. He was the one guy who really worked for the people. He set up the National Parks, he busted up the giant corporate monopolies that had gotten too powerful. At the same time, he established the United States as a major world military power. Politicians hated him, corporate titans hated him, special interest groups hated him, but he was loved by the people.

I have completely, utterly, totally lost confidence in BOTH the republican and democratic parties. I think it is time to bring back Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party!


  1. maybe you could use your upcoming hobo convention to launch the new party. count me in.

  2. I agrree about Tee Dee

  3. I was in NYC in January and spent a good bit of time in his birthplace/boyhood brownstone home. As a very interesting note, TR, when 6 years old, was at Union Square in his uncle's house when Lincoln's funeral procession went by.

    There is a photo of the procession there and TR and his brother can be seen in an open window.

    You can see him here:

    He and his bro had locked EDITH KERMIT CAROW in the closet so she could not see. When TR's first wife died he asked Edith to marry him. She refused until he got on one knee and begged forgiveness for locking her in that closet!

  4. PJM:

    I agree. Let's have a Teddy Roosevelt convention.

  5. I facilitate an all-volunteer-run program for fifth graders at our elementary school called "Give Me Liberty!" The kids learn about our history and geography and earn nice trophies, etc., and are honored by our community.

    The kids ask me about word definitions such as "ramparts" and "posterity" and "gave the last full measure of devotion." I hope they never have to ask me what the definition of "liberty" is.

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  7. Thank goodness for President Roosevelt! I proudly display our copy of Carry a Big Stick, by George Grant, on top of a stack of books on a table in the middle of our great room. I picked it up in Medora, ND with our then eight year old daughter after touring the TR National Park, watching the musical, and and meeting TR (from the play "Bully") on the streets of Medora. The legacy of his courage to stand up for what is right and get 'er done has oft inspired me to battle on...firmly, but hopefully a bit more graciously. I do have a daughter for whom to set an example.


    You can not legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for with out receiving. The government can not give to anyone anything that the government does not first take from someone else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because someone else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You can not multiply wealth by dividing it.

    Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005) of Love Worth Finding Ministries, Pastor Emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church .

  9. It's time the politicians take their heads out of the clouds and start living the lives of their constituents. JMO. If they had to walk a mile in my shoes, which come from Payless and not from Neiman's, they might begin to understand why the middle class is getting more and more frustrated.

  10. I believe the politician starts with the fire of freedom when very young. Some call it idealism. Once they begin working in it, they see the corruption and lies so much that they slowly fall under the spell because they see that their mentors get wealth and privledge beyond anything they ever knew.

    Slowly, they give up their integrity and honor and graduate into the lifelong fraternity the POLITICIAN. Eventually they are fully corrupted and are just like the person they hated when they started. They get reelected because they create legislation that provides for the powerful people that they "represent".

    There are, of course, exceptions to this process but they are far out voted by those who have succumed.

    Teddy was indeed the best president we ever had because he could manipulate the politicians while providing for the real tax payers. His big stick approach led to the armed forces and the respect of many countries. The military he developed was allowed to deteriorate as we approached the second world war. Fortunately, we managed to mount the largast battle force ever seen.

    Yup, Teddy was a real hero.

  11. Amen, SmartGirl/Dr. Rogers!

    Now, let's hail Teddy while hugging our stuffed bear!

    BTW, we've also pointed out to our daughter the stuffed bear in the Smithsonian that was sent to TR and started the trend...after he was mocked in a cartoon for not shooting a captured black bear while on a hunt in Mississippi...which I'm sure all of you already knew.

    We didn't have pay admission to the Smithsonian, and it was worth every minute of every trip we ever took there...including the 1970's excursion to see the complete treasures of King Tut, liver and all (jk). Sorry, PJM.

  12. OK, so there is some interest, so we will hold a convention to revive the "Bull Moose" party. I will be the presidential candicate. Why do I get that job you ask . . . well, because it is my blog I dibbed it first. Now, since I have no particular skills of note, I will need someone smart to work in the background to make things work. So, I choose Nate Maas to be my Chief of Staff. While I bask in the spotlight, Nate will work quietly and anonymousely in the background making things work and making me look good. Why would Nate be so foolish to take such a job you ask . . . well, he is a school teacher so he is use to being smart, working hard, making a difference, and not getting any thanks or credit. He will be perfect for the job. Now, SmartGirl will be the Secretary of State, since she is the most verbose of the group. Al is Secretary of War (Yes, we go back and rename it back to secretary of war). Heather will be vice president, and she will be responsible for making the cabinet pancakes on Saturday morning. Ray in the UK be our ambassador to England since he loves the Monarchy so much. Norkia only reads the blog once a week, and then makes all her comments at one time. She will be in charge of the Post Office. We will put Anonymous in charge of the CIA. OK, that is a start. Others will have positions as well, but this is my initial list.

    Sad thing is this utterly non-experienced government would work better than the one we have.

  13. count me in as natural resources,,since my fishin takes priority over all,im sure heather would back me on this,but im sure PJM,,has a good spot fer her already picked out.

  14. Just a side-note on TR: He's long been a hero of mine, and we actually celebrate his birthday at our household (Oct. 27).
    But - at the time he was president, many considered him to be either border or completely insane, and often referred to him as that madman in the White House. Why?
    Who sponsored a revolution to gain a plot of land known as the Panama Canal? Who was blinded in one eye because he wanted to show his youth by boxing professional boxers at the White House? Who sent the Great White Fleet to Japan, first knowing that it might trigger a war with them (yes - they were hostile even then) and secondly - not having the money to bring them back again?
    I view it as initiative - but then again, it's a hundred years after the events and we have that wonderful hindsight.

  15. bs: I had seen that photo before, but I hadn't heard the Edith Carow closet story. TR was certainly taken with Lincoln. He even wore a ring during his inauguration that contained a lock of Lincoln's hair that was cut by Dr. Charles S. Taft the night the president died. Interestingly, the lock was given to TR by John Hay who was one of only three people living who were in the room when Lincoln died. Hay only lived about 4 months after TR became president (the other two were Robert Lincoln and Dr. Charles Leale).

    PJM: honored to be chosen to serve as Chief of Staff. Seems like I have been voting third party for some time, so the revived Bull Moose it is!

  16. Most have probably already seen this, but to introduce the unit on TR in my classes, I use the famous palindrome: A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.

  17. Yea! I get to be Vice President in the Bull Moose Party! Other Hoosier VPs were Thomas Marshall, Dan Quayle, and now me! Thanks - should I start making the pancakes?

  18. a true leader inspiring hope not selling it.

  19. PJM:

    You should read a book called "America's 60 Families" by Freddy Lundberg written in 1937. It exposes the powers that be in that age and some of TR's rise and fall. No one could get too far out of the pockets of powerful interests in that period, but I agree that TR was a character and independent to the extent he could be.


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