T. R. – Theodore Roosevelt the 26th President of the United States

Dateline: The Early Twentieth Century

     Teddy Roosevelt was a favorite of my high school history class. We must have been impressed by all T. R.’s efforts before, during, and after his eight-year term as President. One of my buddies, who happened to be elected twice as our Andrew Jackson High School Class President, did an excellent impression of Teddy speaking that cracked us up  every time, especially when we were drinking.

     “Bully” was Roosevelt’s frequent exhortation when he was particularly pleased or excited.

The Magnificent English Bulldog

     In a bully-spirit, I named my newest French Bulldog “Teddy.” Not Theodore but “Tiki Teddy Bear Rumpkin.” Folks remark how “Teddy” resembles a gremlin, bat, Yoda, or Teddy bear. Funny how the Teddy bear has endured time – over 100 years – as a favorite toy and keepsake.

Uncle Tiki Teddy Bear Rumpkin

    I’d like to share some of Teddy Roosevelt’s noted quotations and suggest that our political, military, and community leaders try to hear what he meant and apply age-tested strategies in order to be more successful in the 21st Century.

“The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled it burns like a consuming flame.”

“The leader works in the open and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

“The Constitution was made for the people and not the people for the Constitution.”

“We demand that big business give people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right, he himself shall be given a square deal.”

“The men with the muckrakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society; but only if they know when to stop raking the muck, and to look upward to the celestial crown above them, to the crown of worthy endeavor.”

“We stand supreme in a Continent, in a hemisphere. East and West we look across two great oceans toward the larger world life in which, whether we will or not, we must take an ever-increasing share.”

“I wish that all Americans would realize that American politics is world politics.”

“There is a homely adage which runs: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far’. If the American nation will speak softly and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.”

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

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

     We cannot take any credit for what history teaches us but we can be held responsible for making the same mistakes over and over again. The U. S. experienced worldwide notarity during the presidency of T. R. that the country can receive during 2011.

     I realize Obama is no Roosevelt. I can hope that during the next two years our current President and other government officials can learn from history and make good news for the next series of history books.


Edited by “Muckraker” D. A. Dailey

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Posted on January 9, 2011, in D O G S, Patriotism, Socioeconomics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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