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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Theodore Roosevelt

 Theodore Roosevelt, became President by the assassination of William McKinley, and held office from 1901-1909. He initiated the "Progressive Movement". Modern politics finds much of its origin in the progressive rejection of the principles and constitutionalism of our founding fathers.

TR was the first to use the presidency to promote particular domestic policy initiatives, which originated the term "Bully Pulpit". A perfect example of which is his promotion of the Hepburn Act.
 After his presedincy, he embraced even more, Progressive principles, regarding the role of government; influenced by HerbertCroly and his book The Promise of American Life. Which compelled him to run for president in 1912, and his progressive party platform.

In the mid 1800s, Progressivism was imported from German universities, that were under the influence of Immanuel Kant and Georg Hegel [who articulated ideas of sharp contrast to those of our founding], by German and American students to American universities, beginning with Johns Hopkins University, which established the first graduate program in political science in the US.
Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, Progressive Ideas flooded into the mainstream academia as well as culture through Muck Raking Journalism, and the rise of Magazines.
[Wikipedia] [Conservapedia]

Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1905) - [OurDocuments.gov]


The Elkins Anti-Rebate Law,
the Department of Commerce,

Hepburn Bill.

National Forest Service -   · The National Forest Service was created during Roosevelt's Presidency to protect and help conserve the National Forests and National Parks in the United States. The service's creation is one example of Roosevelt's policies concerning conservation.


“The man who wrongly holds that every human right is secondary to his profit must now give way to the advocate of human welfare, who rightly maintains that every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it."

"Combinations in industry are the result of an imperative economic law which cannot be repealed by political legislation. The effort at prohibiting all combination has substantially failed. The way out lies, not in attempting to prevent such combinations, but in completely controlling them in the interest of the public welfare."

"Every special interest is entitled to justice full, fair, and complete and, now, mind you, if there were any attempt by mob-violence to plunder and work harm to the special interest, whatever it may be, that I most dislike, and the wealthy man, whomsoever he may be, for whom I have the greatest contempt, I would fight for him, and you would if you were worth your salt. He should have justice. For every special interest is entitled to justice, but not one is entitled to a vote in Congress, to a voice on the bench, or to representation in any public office. The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. "

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt's The Man In The Arena Speech at the Sorbonne April 23 1910
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt's New Nationalism Aug 31, 1910


New Nationalism - [blog-LINK]
The Meat Inspection Act - [blog-LINK]



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