Republicans & Democrats alike, revere this guy. His faced is carved into a mountain in South Dakota. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln & him?
Our current politicians claim their reverence for him. John McCain said he was his idol. Hillary Clinton likens herself to a turn of the last century progressive. That would be Teddy (maybe Wilson). Newt told Glenn Beck he liked what Roosevelt did.
Roosevelt was a big government, anti-business progressive. He believed in social justice, the establishment of the progressive income tax, death tax, farm aid, minimum wage, the Federal Reserve & social security. In short, the government control of our lives.
On taxes, Roosevelt said, “I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and in another tax which is far more easily collected and far more effective, a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate.”
Shortly after taking office he tried to take control of many large corporations via 40 anti-trust lawsuits. He trusted that only the government could control the “Free Market”. (GM, anyone?)
Now Obama has delivered his version of Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism” speech. I’m sure he is counting on no one knowing the original “New Nationalism” speech given by Old Teddy Bear in 1910. A pretty good bet considering the woeful ignorance of Americans regarding our own history. Real American history isn’t taught in our schools. The fact that progressives write the history books may have something to do with that.
With all this Newer, New Nationalism being thrown about, maybe we should examine the original speech given by Theodore Roosevelt.
From what I can derive, the progressives of yesteryear differed from todays in one way. They didn’t appear to loathe the military. Other than that, they had the same hatred of the wealthy & business. They are identical in their want of total government control & regulation.
“…control necessaries of life, such as meat, oil, and coal, or which deal in them on an important scale. I have no doubt that the ordinary man who has control of them is much like ourselves. I have no doubt he would like to do well, but I want to have enough supervision to help him realize the desire to do well.” EC: Just enough government there to guard against any possible shortcoming of mankind. We wouldn’t want him to screw up and become wealthy or anything.
“It is necessary that laws be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws be thoroughly enforced.” EC: In other words, corporations should have no voice in being governed. Shut up & take it. Sounds fair. Business = Bad, Government = Good.
“The citizens of the United States must effectively control the mighty commercial forces which they themselves have called into being.” EC: Does this sound like the recent rant of the present day socialist, Elizabeth Warren, currently running for senate in Massachusetts? No one or no company has made it on it’s own? They must be regulated & must give back to all of us.
“We grudge no man a fortune which represents his own power and sagacity, when exercised with entire regard to the welfare of his fellows.” EC: You can make money, only if we deem it is for the betterment of all.
“No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned –not gambling in stocks, but service rendered.” EC: Anyone who has made money in the market, has an IRA or 401K, give it all back. You stole it.
“Now, the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics.” Does this sound at all familiar? John McCain could have written it, my friends!
There is a lot more, but I think we all get the gist. Progressives of today, like their predecessors, hate the rich (despite most of the government overlords being rich), hate business, love government & love the collective,as long as they are in control of the collective. Sounds like the Borg. A little Star Trek lingo there.