15 January 2012

So, He Wants to be Like Teddy, Eh?

I'm reading through Andrew Breitbart's Righteous Indignation, and am very much enjoying his tale of everything he has seen since his political awakening and re-education in the 1990s.  Mostly because he's only nine months older than I, and I well remember everything he recalls from then until now.

He gives a little history lesson on the development of progtardianism, starting with Marx's materialistic dialectic, and going on to other major figures in proglodytianism as they have affected our country.  I am now at the point where he discusses Teddy Roosevelt, who was not a Conservative, but a Progressive.

Breitbart relates two quotes.  One, the famous "We grudge no man a fortune in civil life" line which morphs into "only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community."

The second quote is far more ominous:  "To hell with the Constitution when the people want coal!"  The link leads to The Mises Institute's book review on Thomas Woods' 33 Questions About American History You're Not Supposed to Ask.  In the review, the article's author states:
"But who bears responsibility for this 'imperial presidency'? Woods places much of the blame on Theodore Roosevelt, who 'loathed inactivity' (p. 136). Though highly intelligent — my late friend Mel Bradford rated him the brightest of all the presidents — he was dominated by passions he made little effort to control."
Such passions led him to hold the Constitution in contempt every so often.

So, Obama's speech in Kansas two weeks ago, with his attempt to invoke the ghost of TR, should have prompted more foreboding about how worse things can get if this type of mentality occupies the Oval Office for another four years.

1 comment:

Howie Honky said...

Well, Hell's bells, man, your headline is totally misleading. I thought he wanted to be like Teddy KENNEDY and was desperately hoping he would crap out soon.
Ah, well.