if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today

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if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today

 It's amazing how we are fighting the same old fight that's been fought over and over again through the years.  

Here's how TR spoke about it when he was fighting the original american royalty JP Morgan, JD Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, etc with their royal mansions sprouting up all over the eastern seaboard and trying to take over the US economy and the Congress:

Rich men "making large sales of what men do not possess" - basically a description of the modern derivatives mess, i.e. gambling on all our lives.

Writers who "act as the representatives of predatory wealth" - could describe every major news outlet today who through ignorance, subterfuge, or laziness don't report what the Federal Reserve is or how Wall St or money really works

"men of wealth who find in the purchased politician the most efficient instrument of corruption" - he was specifically describing the senators who were bought by Standard Oil, US Steel, JP Morgan payments - today this applies to almost every powerful federal politician, unfortunately including the executive branch now, as that same old geezer Rockefeller family and the other Wall St titans control them

"the most dangerous members of the criminal class - the criminals of great wealth" - both parties today work for them - all the evidence we need is in the stolen trillions and the new powers that are to be given to the Fed

"It tires me to talk to rich men. You expect a man of millions, the head of a great industry, to be a man worth hearing; but as a rule they don't know anything outside their own business."  - before I was in business, I would've called this socialist blather. having worked for a billionaire and several mega-millionaires it's amazing how right TR was. he's not slamming all business people; just those so pathologically driven that they are fairly clueless about broader aspects of life beyond their business; and these men run the DC politicians now.  today's politicians don't notice their narrow-minded emptiness like TR did; they just notice the millions and want to use it so they can gain power.

- these are all direct quotes of TR taken from the bio "Theodore Rex" by Edmund Morris

 

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Re: if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today

Strabes, my Signature has a quote that pre-dates Roosevelt by quite a way, guess Jefferson was a seer.

 

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I've been a fan of TR since my teens, when my rugby club had this famous quote on our hoodies:

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." 

I'm sure this quote was picked because our club was pretty terrible.  We probably lost 80% of our games.  But looked at another way, the sound a man makes when you land your shoulder squarely just above his hip and he folds in half as you plant his back into the mud is utterly worth all the other effort.  A single perfect (legal) crushing tackle was worth a week of practices.

More on-topic:  seems to me that the problem is not so much a lack of TRs but the lack of a citizenry that'd listen/act.  Too much ignorance and fear out there -- and too many narcotics to soothe those conditions.  IMO.

Viva -- Sager

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Yes Gungnir, many Jefferson quotes and other founder quotes have been posted about the issue we fight today.  I thought it was interesting to stumble on TR quotes 100 years later that were still fighting the same fight...and it's more interesting that the primary family and trust he was fighting is the same family and trust interests that have taken over today...the Rockefellers.  They beat TR. Their lawyers moved faster than his legislation so they had all their power/wealth protected under several layers of legal hodgepodge.  The laws now ironically protect them so future rich families can't become as powerful because they're all subject to the laws that stemmed from TR's efforts.  In a way, this sealed the aristocracy of the Rockefellers for good.  

Sager, I think you're right...the lack of a citizenry is the problem.  Sad.

 

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Re: if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today

I've always appreciated TR, although I'm not sure he could stand up to the mess now, any more than he could back in his time. Still, it would be great to see! Perhaps, in an alternate universe, TR and Ron Paul could team up!

"Theodore Rex" is a great book, too, for anyone who hasn't had a chance to give it a read.

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Re: if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today

strabes - you bring up a point that has bothered me greatly.  That is that everything that is happening now can be very clearly seen through an historical lens.  We have been warned over and over, and many solutions have been offered but for some reason, things just don't resonate.

Larry

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Re: if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today
SagerXX wrote:

I've been a fan of TR since my teens, when my rugby club had this famous quote on our hoodies:

 

Those must of been some big hoodies to fit that quote.  Was your team a bunch of Props?

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Re: if only a Teddy Roosevelt were around today
Jarhett wrote:

Those must of been some big hoodies to fit that quote.  Was your team a bunch of Props?

Well, we were *rugby players*....  The print was fairly small and took up the entire back.  We had a hoodie another year with the old "Give Blood / Play Rugby" saw.

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