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The youngest President to die – serving barely 1,000 days! via American Minute

By Bill Federer
On NOVEMBER 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, shots rang out as President John F. Kennedywas assassinated.The youngest President ever elected, being 43 years old, he was also the youngest to die, barely serving 1,000 days.


Kennedy was on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart to deliver a speech, in which he prepared to say:

“We in this country, in this generation, are – by destiny rather than choice – the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.

We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men…”


Kennedy‘s remarks continued:

“That must always be our goal – and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength.

For as was written long ago, ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”

John F. Kennedy stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 28, 1961:

“The Pilgrims, after a year of hardship and peril, humbly and
reverently set aside a special day upon which to give thanks to God…

I ask the head of each family to recount to his children the story of the first New England Thanksgiving,

thus to impress upon future generations the heritage of this nation born in toil, in danger, in purpose, and in the conviction that right and justice and freedom can through man’s efforts persevere and come to fruition with the blessing of God.”

On February 9, 1961, President Kennedyremarked at a Breakfast for International Christian Leadership:

“Every President of the United States has placed special reliance upon his faith in God…

The guiding principle and prayer of this Nation has been, is now, and shall ever be ‘In God We Trust.'”

Though Kennedy was the youngest electedPresident, it was actually Theodore Roosevelt who was the youngest President, being just 42 years old when, as Vice-President, he assumed the Presidency when William McKinley was assassinated in 1901.


In his Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 24, 1903, Theodore Roosevelt:

“In no other place and at no other time has the experiment of government of the people, by the people, for the people, been tried on so vast a scale as here in our own country in the opening years of the 20th Century.

Failure would not only be a dreadful thing for us, but a dreadful thing for all mankind, because it would mean loss of hope for all who believe in the power and the righteousness of liberty.

Therefore, in thanking God for the mercies extended to us in the past, we beseech Him that He may not withhold them in the future.”

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‘Fighting the Flying Circus’ – Eddie Rickenbacker via American Minute

By Bill FedererHe began his career as an auto racer, gaining international fame by competing in theIndianapolis 500 four times, earning the nickname“Fast Eddie.”


When World War I stared, he was sent to France in 1917, becoming the personal chauffeur driver of General John J. Pershing.

His name wasEdward Vernon “Eddie” Rickenbacker, born OCTOBER 8, 1890.

With Germany’s Red Barondominating the skies, Eddie requested transfer to the air service where he eventually became commanding officer of the 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron, with its now famous “Hat-in-the-Ring” insignia.


This Squadron was responsible fordestroying 69 enemy aircraft, the highest number shot down by any American Squadron.

Flying over 300 combat hours,Eddie Rickenbacker was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Herbert Hoover in 1931 for personally shooting down 26 enemy aircraft.

He wrote his World War I experiences in the book,Fighting the Flying Circus, 1919, such as one story:

“…three-quarters of an hour of gasoline remained…and no compass.

Then I thought of the north star! Glory be! There she shines! I had been going west instead of south…

Keeping the star behind my rudder I flew south for fifteen minutes, then…found myself above…the River Meuse…picked up our faithful searchlight and ten minutes later I landed…

As I walked across the field to my bed I looked up…and repeated most fervently, ‘Thank God!'”

Rickenbacker wrote of the courage of fellow pilot Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, the son of President Theodore Roosevelt:

“Quentin flew about alone for a while, then discovering, as he supposed, his own formation ahead of him he overtook them, dropped in behind…

To his horror he discovered that he had been following an enemy patrol all the time! Every machine ahead of him wore a huge black maltese cross on its wings and tail!…

Quentin fired one long burst…The aeroplane immediately preceding him dropped at once and within a second or two burst into flames.

Quentin put down his nose and streaked it for home before the astonished Huns had time to notice what had happened.”


Quentin was shot downin a dogfight, July 14, 1918, as Rickenbackerwrote:

“Quentin Roosevelt’s death was a sad blow to the whole group.”


In recounting barely escaping death himself, Eddie Rickenbacker wrote:
“I want to make it clear that this escape and the others were not the result of any super ability or knowledge on my part. I wouldn’t be alive today if I had to depend on that.


I realized then, as I headed for France on one wing, that there had to be something else.

I had seen others die, brighter and more able than I.

I knew there was a power. I believe in calling upon it for aid and for guidance.

I am not such an egotist as to believe that God has spared me because I am I. I believe there is work for me to do and that I am spared to do it, just as you are.”

After World War I,Eddie Rickenbackerbecame owner of theIndianapolis Speedway which holds the annual 500 mile auto race.

In 1925,Rickenbackersupported General Billy Mitchell, who was court-martial for criticizing the military’s failure to upgrade their airplanes.


Rickenbacker worked forEastern Airlines, eventually becoming its president.

He opposed President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal policies as socialism, which drew criticism from the liberal media.

Roosevelt’s administration even ordered NBC Radio not to broadcast Rickenbacker’s remarks.

In 1942, Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson askedRickenbacker to go on aspecial mission to the Pacificto inspect the military bases.


Flying from Hawaii to New Guinea to meet with General Douglas MacArthur, the plane’s inadequate navigational equipment resulted in them being hundreds of miles off-course.

Out of fuel, the plane ditched in the ocean, October 21, 1942.

For twenty-four days, in almost hopeless conditions, Eddie Rickenbacker and seven othersdrifted aimlessly on the open sea.

Lt. James Whittakerdescribed in his book, We Thought We Heard The Angels Sing (1943), that they shivered wet all night but baked in the burning sun all day, and fought off sharks:

“…Those giant swells hadn’t looked so bad from high in the air, but down among them they were mountainous…

Rick maintained with a perfectly straight face that he was not in the least upset…

A swift movement beside our raft caught my eye and I turned…The water about the raft fleet was alive with the triangular, dorsal fins of sharks…”

The crew would have given up had not 52-year-old Eddie Rickenbacker, the oldest person on the raft, continued to encourage them.

Lt. James Whittakerwrote:

“Col. James C. Adamson…suddenly raised himself over the side of the raft and slid into the water. Quick as a flash, Rick had him.

We hurriedly pulled the rafts in close and helped push the Colonel back into his boat…Rick took over.

I will not put down all the things he said. They would scorch this paper. But from then on, woe betide the man who appeared about to turn quitter…

That man Rickenbacker has got a rough tongue in his head.”


Lt. James Whittakercontinued:

“At length Private Johnny Bartek got out his Testament and by common consent we pulled the rafts together for a prayer meeting. We said the Lord’s prayer…

I didn’t have the least notion that this open-air hallelujah meeting was going to do any good…I observed that Rick seemed to encourage the suggestion and appeared inclined to take part…

Col. Adamson was reading from the Testament.

Suddenly Cherry stopped him. ‘What was that last, Colonel?’ he demanded. ‘Where is that from?’

‘It is from the Gospel According to Matthew,’ Col. Adamson replied. ‘Do you like it?’

‘It’s the best thing I’ve heard yet. Read it again, Colonel.’

Col. Adamson then read from the 31st through the 34th verses of the sixth chapter of Matthew:

‘Therefore, take ye no thought, saying: What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For these are things the heathen seeketh. For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Lt. James Whittakercontinued:

“I was somewhat impressed and said so. Then I was a little surprised at myself and added that the evil certainly had been sufficient unto the last two or three days…

I thought of these words during the wet, dreary night that followed. I dismissed them finally with the decision I would believe when I saw the food and drink. I was destined to see something startlingly like proof the following night…”

Flight EngineerPrivate Johnny Bartek of Freehold, N.J., wrote in his book, Life Out There (1943) that on the 8th day, after reading from the Bible, Matthew 6:31-34, a sea gull landed on Rickenbacker’s head:

“…but as we went on we all began to believe in the Bible and God and prayer…We prayed and prayed for the sea gull to land so we could catch him…

After reading the passage, about twenty minutes later, that’s when the sea gull landed on Eddie Rickenbacker’s head…”

Rickenbacker caught it and they used it for food and fish bait, with a fishhook made from a bent key ring.

Succumbing to exposure and dehydration, Lt. James Whittakerwrote further in We Thought We Heard The Angels Sing(1943):

“We said the Lord’s prayer again…

While we rolled and wallowed over the crests and into the troughs I was thinking that this was God’s chance to make a believer of Jim Whittaker…

Eventually I became aware something was tugging insistently at my consciousness. I looked over to the left. A cloud that had been fleecy and white a while ago now was darkening by the second.


While I watched, a bluish curtain unrolled from the cloud to the sea. It was rain – and moving toward us! Now everyone saw the downpour, sweeping across the ocean and speckling the waves with giant drops.

‘Here she is!’ Cherry shouted. ‘Thanks, Old Master!’ Another minute and we were being deluged by sheets of cold water that splashed into our parched mouths and sluiced the caked salt off our burned and stinging bodies. We cupped our hands to guide the life-giving rivulets down our throats…

We soaked and wrung out our shirts until all the salt was washed out of them. Then we saturated them again and wrung the water into our mouths…”

Eddie Rickenbacker described their survival in his book, Seven Came Through (1943).

Regarding America, Eddie Rickenbacker wrote:

“I pray to God every night of my life to be given the strength and power to continue my efforts to inspire in others the interest, the obligation and the responsibilities that we owe to this land for the sake of future generations – for my boys and girls – so that we can always look back when the candle of life burns low and say,

‘Thank God I have contributed my best to the land that contributed so much to me.'”

Eddie Rickenbackerconfided:

“It was clear to me that God had a purpose in keeping me alive…I had been saved to serve.”

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Slavery in Cuba…and the Battle of San Juan Hill via American Minute

Bill Federer

Slavery existed in Cuba longer than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere, except Brazil.President James Buchanan wrote December 19, 1859:

“When a market for African slaves shall no longer be furnished in Cuba… Christianity and civilization may gradually penetrate the existing gloom.”


President Ulysses S. Grant stated, December 2, 1872:

“Slavery in Cuba is…a terrible evil… It is greatly to be hoped that…Spain will voluntarily adopt… emancipation… in sympathy with the other powers of the Christian and civilized world.”


In 1868, a Creole farmer in Cuba began a revolt. Cubans drafted a “10th of OctoberManifesto”:

“When rebelling us against the Spanish tyranny we want to indicate to the world the reasons…

Spain governs us with iron and blood; it imposes…taxes at will; it prevails us from all political, civil and religious freedom;

it has put us under military watch in days of peace, that catch, exile and execute without being subject to any proceedings…it prohibits that we freely assemble…

Spain loads us with hungry employees who live from our patrimony and consume the product of our work…

So that we do not know our rights it maintains us in the ignorance…

It forces us to maintain a expensive army, whose unique use is to repress and to humiliate us…

To the God of our consciousness we appealed, and to the good faith of the civilized nations…

We want to enjoy the freedom for whose use God created man

We want to abolish slavery…We want freedom of meeting, freedom of the press…”

The Spanish Government crushed the revolt in “The Ten Years War,” killing thousands. Under international pressure, Spain issued a Royal decree in 1886, ending slavery.

In 1879, the Little War took place, and in 1895, a final rebellion broke out.

Spain sent Governor Valeriano Weyler to Cuba to smash the anti-government protestors.

Weyler took the U.S. Government’s idea of interring Cherokee during the 1830’s Trail of Tears Indian Removal and developed it into notorious “concentration camps.”

He rounded up hundreds of thousands of Cuban civilians from their rural farms and marched them into crowded camps – an example that Hitler and Stalin followed.

Ultimately, between 1896-1897, over a third of Cuba’s population was in concentration camps, with over 225,000 dying from starvation, exposure and yellow fever.

Pleas for help reached the United States.


The USS Maine was sent to Havana’s harbor, but it blew up under suspicious conditions on February 15, 1898.

Newspaper publishers William Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer stirred the public with “yellow press” journalism into demanding President McKinley intervene militarily.


McKinley finally approved the Resolution of Congress, April 20, 1898:

“Whereas the abhorrent conditions which have existed for more than three years in the island of Cuba, so near our own borders,

have shocked the moral sense of the people of the United States, have been a disgrace to Christian civilization, culminating, as they have, in the destruction of a United States battle ship, with 266 of its officers and crew, while on a friendly visit in the harbor of Havana, and cannot longer be endured…

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives…that the people of the island of Cuba are and of right ought to be free.”


Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Theodore Roosevelt, resigned and organized the first volunteer cavalry, made up of polo riders, cowboys and even Indians, helping to win the Battle of San Juan Hill.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders charged up Cuba’s San Juan Hill and captured it on JULY 1, 1898. 

After eight hours of heavy fighting there were over 1,500 American casualties.


The wounded were cared for by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

When thousands of soldiers died from yellow fever, Army physician Walter Reed confirmed it was spread by mosquitoes.

After the Spanish-America War, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines were no longer controlled by Spain.

President William McKinley wrote, July 6, 1898:

“At a time…of the…glorious achievements of the naval and military arms…at Santiago de Cuba, it is fitting that we should pause and…reverently bow before the throne of divine grace and give devout praise to God, who holdeth the nations in the hollow of His Hands.”

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Words from our Forefathers

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English: “Noah Webster,” painted by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, undated, oil on canvas. 84.7 cm x 72.7 cm. Image courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Noah Webster wrote this public letter to the dissenting members of the Convention of Pennsylvania, published in the Daily Advertiser of New York on the 31 of December, 1787, he could not foresee a time when land owners in the United States of America would be even more restricted in many ways that what they faced at the time in Europe. With the EPA and many other government agencies, we have gone far beyond the restrictions that they faced then. Now we have to have the government approve what we build, what we till and plant, how much dust we are allowed to stir up, and even how we use any water on our property. They can declare it a wetland and fine you or forbid you from using it even if it has no water on it and is surrounded by a subdivision. I wonder what he would say today?

I wonder at his thought at the Constitution that he helped to establish would be perverted in the ways that it has been to become instead of an acclamation of our freedom and rights to a tool being used to limit us from those freedoms and rights? I wonder what he would say to those currently trying to limit our rights to bear arms?

“America” [Noah Webster]

To the DISSENTING MEMBERS of the late Convention Of Pennsylvania.

But to complete the list of unalienable rights, you would insert a clause in your declaration, that every body shall, in good weather, hunt on his own land, and catch fish in rivers that are public property. Here, Gentlemen, you must have exerted the whole force of your genius! Not even the all-important subject of legislating for a worldcan restrain my laughter at this clause! As a supplement to that article of your bill of rights, I would suggest the following restriction:—“That Congress shall never restrain any inhabitant of America from eating and drinking, at seasonable times, or prevent his lying on his left side, in a long winter’s night, or even on his back, when he is fatigued by lying on his right.”—This article is of just as much consequence as the 8th clause of your proposed bill of rights.

But to be more serious, Gentlemen, you must have had in idea the forest-laws in Europe, when you inserted that article; for no circumstance that ever took place in America, could have suggested the thought of a declaration in favor of hunting and fishing. Will you forever persist in error? Do you not reflect that the state of property in America, is directly the reverse of what it is in Europe? Do you not consider, that the forest-laws in Europe originated in feudal tyranny, of which not a trace is to be found in America? Do you not know that in this country almost every farmer is Lord of his own soil? That instead of suffering under the oppression of a Monarch and Nobles, a class of haughty masters, totally independent of the people, almost every man in America is a Lord himself—enjoying his property in fee? Where then the necessity of laws to secure hunting and fishing? You may just as well ask for a clause, giving licence for every man to till his own land, or milk his own cows. The Barons in Europe procured forest-laws to secure the right of hunting on their own land, from the intrusion of those who had no property in lands. But the distribution of land in America, not only supersedes the necessity of any laws upon this subject, but renders them absolutely trifling. The same laws which secure the property in land, secure to the owner the right of using it as he pleases. Read more at the Online Library of Liberty!

Would Benjamin Franklin decide that we needed an even stronger Bill of Rights?

Benjamin Franklin

The Federal Convention, 17 September 1787

In the debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists over the need for a bill of rights, Anti-Federalists generally believed that the absence of a written declaration was a major defect of the proposed Constitution. Without a bill of rights, they claimed, the government may become one of unlimited powers and trample on the rights and liberties of the people. Most Federalists argued that a written declaration of rights was unnecessary in theory and ineffectual in practice. In practical terms, Federalists claimed that the people’s rights and liberties are protected by the numerous constitutional safeguards that provide for mutual checks among the departments of government. Further, they insisted, the real security for the people’s rights is achieved by connecting the interests of the rulers with the interests of the people so that the rulers will have no motive to invade the rights of the people; or they argued that the true security for rights and the preservation of liberty can only be achieved by the ongoing perseverance of a freedom-loving people of sound sense and honest hearts. In theoretical terms, many Federalists claimed that the very idea of a constitution of enumerated and limited powers removes the need for a bill of rights. Elaborating on the notion of constitutionalism, they maintained that because the people delegate power to the government, and not vice versa, all powers that are not delegated are necessarily reserved to them as men or as citizens. The enumeration of the rights of the people carries with it the potential for abuse, for in the future it may be presumed that only those rights listed belong to the people. And it would be sheer folly, they said, to attempt to enumerate all the rights of mankind  Online Library of Liberty


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The only U.S. President to also serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, he had previously been appointed by President McKinley to be the first governor of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War and was later appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as Secretary of War. The largest President, weighing 300 lbs, a bathtub was installed for him in the White House big enough to hold four men. His name was William Howard Taft, and he was born SEPTEMBER 15, 1857. On Thanksgiving, November 7, 1912, President Taft proclaimed: “A God-fearing nation, like ours, owes it to its inborn and sincere sense of moral duty to testify its devout gratitude to the All-Giver for the countless benefits its has enjoyed.” Speaking at a missionary conference, 1908, William Howard Taft stated: “No man can study the movement of modern civilization from an impartial standpoint and not realize that Christianity, and the spread of Christianity, are the basis of hope of modern civilization in the growth of popular self government.” Taft concluded: “The spirit of Christianity is pure democracy. It is equality of man before God – the equality of man before the law, which is the most God-like manifestation that man has been able to make.”


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“I have not yet begun to fight!” shouted John Paul Jones when the captain of the British ship Serapis asked if he was ready to surrender. Their ships were so close their cannon muzzles scraped and masts entangled, yet the American ship Bonhomme Richard, named for Ben Franklin‘s Poor Richard’s Almanac, refused to give up. When two of his cannons exploded and his ship began sinking, John Paul Jones lashed his ship to the enemy’s to keep it afloat. After 3 more hours of fighting, the British surrendered. This was SEPTEMBER 23, 1779. Called the “Father of the American Navy,” John Paul Jones commanded the Continental Navy‘s first ship, Providence, in 1775. With 12 guns, it was the most victorious American vessel in the Revolution, capturing or sinking 40 British ships. In 1778, sailing the ship Ranger, Jones raided the coasts of Scotland and England. In 1788, John Paul Jones fought successfully for Russia’s Empress Catherine the Great in repulsing Muslim Ottoman Turks on the Black Sea. On February 13, 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote: “The remains of Admiral John Paul Jones were interred in a certain piece of ground in the city of Paris…used…as a burial place for foreign Protestants…The great service done by him toward the achievement of independence…lead me to..do proper honor to the memory of John Paul Jones.”

Sarah Palin: In The Arena

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Do you ever wonder why pundits think that they have more knowledge than ordinary people? Do you think that, because they talk all the time, that they believe that somehow, that makes them much more intelligent? If pundits actually took part in the process, perhaps they would not be so quick to believe, that they know what is the best for everyone else. To be fair, many of them have done so, but sometimes, it seems that as soon as they are, “out of the arena”, they forget the trials and tribulations, that those who are striving to serve in the political arena, endure. The sticks and stones that are thrown at you, with little regard as to whether they actually have any meaning, are extremely difficult to overlook.  It seems, at times, as if those running for office, are only prey to those on the opposite side. If the blows they throw damage the person that they are aimed at, it often makes little or no difference, as to whether they are true or not.

People like Sarah Palin fill them with such fear and anger, that the means  they use to bring her down, target, not only her, but her family and her children. The fact that she has been targeted by a stalker, that was caught with a gun, actually hunting her, has been ignored by the media, and those on the left. The same people who feign outrage, when tea partiers protest, Barack Obama, and his policies, and blame Sarah for the attack on Congresswoman Giffords, from Arizona, disregard all such attacks, and threats to Sarah, and all other Republicans. It is not just Sarah that suffers the abuses, of the media, the left, and unfortunately, even some on the right. We see how Michele Bachmann is demeaned and denigrated by such as Chris Matthews. She is mocked, called crazy, dumb, and many other hurtful adjectives. The extreme rhetoric, that is used against every Republican woman, and the hatred, with which those on the left challenge those, who have a different viewpoint, show us that they really do not believe, in the country, that they say they are trying to protect. Nor do they think that the rights enumerated in the Constitution, truly have any meaning. I like this quote by Teddy Roosevelt, that I think, really portrays his feelings on the media. It is just as good today as it was when he first said it:

“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.”

Citizenship in a Republic,”
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

I also think that Sarah Palin in probably the only one in the arena who has shown that she is able to withstand the slings and arrows that will be thrown at her. I don’t think that some of the others have any idea what will be hurled at them. Perhaps they think they do, or perhaps they think that they will not be treated the same way that Sarah has been treated. If that is how they think, they are in for a sad awakening. When their family is threatened, or abuse is wished upon their children, will they be able to withstand it with their heads held high or will they retreat with their tails tucked? Can those in the media ever learn that the people have gotten tired of their interference, and are no longer willing to listen to their self-righteousness? Are we the people strong enough to rid ourselves of the relics of the past?

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Sarah Palin or Teddy Roosevelt?

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I was reading this comparison of Sarah Palin and Teddy Roosevelt and the way their lives were in many ways parallel. I found it a fascinating look at both, but more than that it made me think that the parallel not just of the people, but of the times that they live in. In Teddy Roosevelt’s day, the unions were on the rise and violence was not far behind. Although Roosevelt is famous for many things, including union busting, one thing that people tend to forget, is that Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive. The direction that he wanted the country to go was one that the people accepted for awhile, but by the time that Franklin Roosevelt came along, they had had enough of it, and wanted to return to the peace and prosperity that the country had previously enjoyed.

The progressive thinking of both Teddy and Franklin, led us into two world wars, the great depression, and a hatred of progressive ideas.

This is the big difference between Sarah Palin and Teddy Roosevelt. Sarah is a Conservative and that is what this country is looking for. We have had enough of progressive ideas from our current President. And while Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama are both progressive, there was no question as to whether Teddy loved his county. There was also no question as to whether we was willing to fight for it and whether he was willing to work hard. He was a man that expected a great deal from those around him, but he was also a great man the expected a great deal from himself.

http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/life/quotes.htm

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far

During TR’s term as Governor of NY State he fought with the party bosses, particularly Boss Tom Platt regarding a political appointment. Roosevelt held out, although the boss threatened, to “ruin” him. In the end the boss gave in.

According to Nathan Miller in his book “Theodore Roosevelt, A Life”, page 337,

“Looking back upon his handling of the incident, Roosevelt thought he ‘never saw a bluff carried more resolutely through to the final limit.’ And writing to a friend a few days later, he observed: ‘I have always been fond of the West African proverb: Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” ‘ ”

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