“Walk softly and carry a big stick, you shall go far” — Teddy Roosevelt

I am voting for Donald Trump in 2015.  Hillary Clinton has ethics violations regarding Benghazi.  I cannot support her ever again.

These are the words spoken by my Grandfather’s beloved President, at his inaugural address in 1905. John F. Kennedy was my childhood beloved President. Teddy was a Roosevelt, like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, another beloved President of mine for his great works. This morning, my allegiance to the Democratic Party has ended. For me, there can be no healing of the rift I have witnessed. I wish Senator Obama much luck in his endeavors.

My heart remains forever with Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton. They have been magnificent Democrats. As I reflected last night into the wee hours on all the Presidents I’ve had in this lifetime, they have all been gentlemen. Perhaps that’s a sterling quality in the men I have known in life. I would not be able to to vote for anything tainted by the things I have witnessed. I urge Hillary Clinton to break with her childhood choice of Party as well. I, my husband, and millions would follow her. I would also vote for a McCain/Clinton ticket, should she somehow cross the Party line. Both John McCain and Hillary Clinton have the strength to lead this country right now, in a time which calls for a revisitation of the value systems demonstrated by the greatest Presidents in history.

I offer you Teddy this morning. Godspeed, and you have my heart.

For both Hillary Clinton and John McCain—

Teddy Roosevelt Speech – Inaugural address

My fellow-citizens:

No people on earth have more cause to be thankful than ours, and this is said reverently, in no spirit of boastfulness in our own strength, but with gratitude to the Giver of Good who has blessed us with the conditions which have enabled us to achieve so large a measure of well-being and of happiness. To us as a people it has been granted to lay the foundations of our national life in a new continent. We are the heirs of the ages, and yet we have had to pay few of the penalties which in old countries are exacted by the dead hand of a bygone civilization. We have not been obliged to fight for our existence against any alien race; and yet our life has called for the vigor and effort without which the manlier and hardier virtues wither away. Under such conditions it would be our own fault if we failed; and the success which we have had in the past, the success which we confidently believe the future will bring, should cause in us no feeling of vainglory, but rather a deep and abiding realization of all which life has offered us; a full acknowledgment of the responsibility which is ours; and a fixed determination to show that under a free government a mighty people can thrive best, alike as regards the things of the body and the things of the soul.

Much has been given us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to others and duties to ourselves; and we can shirk neither. We have become a great nation, forced by the fact of its greatness into relations with the other nations of the earth, and we must behave as beseems a people with such responsibilities. Toward all other nations, large and small, our attitude must be one of cordial and sincere friendship. We must show not only in our words, but in our deeds, that we are earnestly desirous of securing their good will by acting toward them in a spirit of just and generous recognition of all their rights. But justice and generosity in a nation, as in an individual, count most when shown not by the weak but by the strong. While ever careful to refrain from wrongdoing others, we must be no less insistent that we are not wronged ourselves. We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid. No weak nation that acts manfully and justly should ever have cause to fear us, and no strong power should ever be able to single us out as a subject for insolent aggression.

Our relations with the other powers of the world are important; but still more important are our relations among ourselves. Such growth in wealth, in population, and in power as this nation has seen during the century and a quarter of its national life is inevitably accompanied by a like growth in the problems which are ever before every nation that rises to greatness. Power invariably means both responsibility and danger. Our forefathers faced certain perils which we have outgrown. We now face other perils, the very existence of which it was impossible that they should foresee. Modern life is both complex and intense, and the tremendous changes wrought by the extraordinary industrial development of the last half century are felt in every fiber of our social and political being. Never before have men tried so vast and formidable an experiment as that of administering the affairs of a continent under the forms of a Democratic republic. The conditions which have told for our marvelous material well-being, which have developed to a very high degree our energy, self-reliance, and individual initiative, have also brought the care and anxiety inseparable from the accumulation of great wealth in industrial centers. Upon the success of our experiment much depends, not only as regards our own welfare, but as regards the welfare of mankind. If we fail, the cause of free self-government throughout the world will rock to its foundations, and therefore our responsibility is heavy, to ourselves, to the world as it is to-day, and to the generations yet unborn. There is no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously, neither hiding from ourselves the gravity of the problems before us nor fearing to approach these problems with the unbending, unflinching purpose to solve them aright.

Yet, after all, though the problems are new, though the tasks set before us differ from the tasks set before our fathers who founded and preserved this Republic, the spirit in which these tasks must be undertaken and these problems faced, if our duty is to be well done, remains essentially unchanged. We know that self-government is difficult. We know that no people needs such high traits of character as that people which seeks to govern its affairs aright through the freely expressed will of the freemen who compose it. But we have faith that we shall not prove false to the memories of the men of the mighty past. They did their work, they left us the splendid heritage we now enjoy. We in our turn have an assured confidence that we shall be able to leave this heritage unwasted and enlarged to our children and our children’s children. To do so we must show, not merely in great crises, but in the everyday affairs of life, the qualities of practical intelligence, of courage, of hardihood, and endurance, and above all the power of devotion to a lofty ideal, which made great the men who founded this Republic in the days of Washington, which made great the men who preserved this Republic in the days of Abraham Lincoln.

Teddy Roosevelt

8 thoughts on ““Walk softly and carry a big stick, you shall go far” — Teddy Roosevelt

  1. Congratulations! You’ll make a perfect neo-con:) Maybe after you convince Billary to join the GOP, you can sign up for tour duty in Iran (we’d nuke ’em but it might set off the precious oil fields).

    Only one problem with your new found love for the right wing extremists: Hillary at this moment is negotiating a cabinet position with Obama. Word is, Bill wants to be his head campaign manager too. No shit, saw it on the news last night.

    So if Billary’s gonna work for Obama, and you’re voting for McCain, then you don’t really care about Hillary at all, do you? Come on, get over it. Where’s your integrity? Or do you just hate blacks? that’s ok too, but just the truth, whatever it is, because you are quite the perplexing one! And I must assume it’s a racist thing, since you havn’t replied to my last three posts; one can only guess you have no real argument?

    Lastly, Teddy would NEVER have broken with the Party! So let’s hear the answer, or I shall thrash your on my blog for cowardice:)

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  2. Antenna Wilde….a question. Didn’t Teddy Roosevelt actually break with his party? I believe he founded the Bull Moose Party..didn’t last long but he did break. Maybe someone can recall why he did so.

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  3. I had a reply to antennawilde, but I deleted it!

    I am voting for McCain because I think he will be like Teddy Roosevelt!

    He has experience leading and can end this war, and my vote was for the people with the most experience. I hope he picks Colin Powell, to help.

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    1. Thanks. Was really under duress during the election, not kidding. Ah well. Teddy had some very fab things he did as President. Unlike the buffoons we get now. What a year. Not voting for either of them. Green Party!

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      1. I agree with you in this case, seems our politicians (Canada more so) want to turn us into non-thinking, no-choice in anything – momma’s boys/girls. But I wonder what Teddy would have done in this day and age had he been elected? To be honest, the USA didn’t have the military capabilities is does today. When Teddy was president, air superiority was how many Zeppelins the army had, Heavier than air transport was in its infancy. What would he have been like if he had a Nuclear threat behind his words? Different times are often judged based on our current values, making people back then look better than current alternatives.

        I suggest that Obama believes his medicare plans are – or will be – of benefit to all Americans, however short-sighted this may be, I think he has the best intentions. but as the saying goes “the road to Hell …” and really all he needs to do is look North to see what a mess the Canadian ‘free for all’ medical system has become.

        In Canada, 11 hour emergency room wait times are common. 6-9 months wait times for MRI’s are the norm depending on the province. CAT scans are in the 4-5 month time period. There are not enough doctors for all the people, because the government regulates how much or how little they get paid per treatment and some treatments are not covered, while stupid treatments (cosmetic in some cases) are 100% covered. In fact the province of Ontario puts 55% or more of every tax dollar into health care, and has recently announced cuts to many covered services to try and reduce the financial burden.

        I think Teddy would have jumped out of his coffin if he knew thins had become as they are.

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      2. Yes, he would have jumped right out of his coffin. My grandfather was born in 1900 — a very different era. I can remember in college when he told me he disliked FDR, who I saw as heroic? For the WPA. Well, History has repeated itself? Only worse. Sounds very scary up there in Canada. I had decent insurance until three months ago. But I just figure when the time comes die like an old Native American Indian would — asleep in the snow. These are the worst of times here. If you could see the realms of the homeless on the streets. In my childhood we were always told about the starving children elsewhere? Well. Now it’s here. So sad. Tragic. This is an era of bogus politicians looking to sell books about themselves. The narcissism was what my generation didn’t expect. JFK and MLK were heroes to my generation. Very sad times. Thanks for coming by! And hope it gets better up your way. Medicine is no longer medicine as we knew it? The ethics aren’t the same.

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