06 February 2018

Treason

“Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile”. - Theodore Roosevelt - editorial in The Kansas City Star, on May 7, 1918
Via the QuotesPorn subreddit.

13 comments:

  1. Did you hold the same position 8 years ago?

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    1. I won't presume to speak for the OP, but personally, yes.

      8 years ago, 4 years ago, 12 years ago, 20 years ago.

      Beleive it or not, some people actually have moral convictions that they will stand behind MORE than they will devotion to whatever despicable person has an "R" or a "D" next to their name.

      Somehow I feel like you're asking this question because you're genuinely surprised that someone else might have consistent beliefs, which says all anyone needs to know about your own.

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    2. This post was about 8 years ago -

      http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2008/12/obama-caganer.html

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    3. And I called bullshit on this move -0

      http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2014/06/obama-requests-1000000000-to-boost-us.html

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    4. and castigated him for giving cushy jobs to his financial supporters -

      http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2011/06/bundlers-and-patronage-in-obama-white.html

      and accepting lobbyists in his administration -

      http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2009/01/obama-accepting-lobbyists-in-his.html

      there's more. You can look it up yourself using the search engine in the right sidebar.

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    5. Anon, I posted my political centrism back in 2009 -

      http://tywkiwdbi.blogspot.com/2007/12/where-i-fit-in-political-spectrum.html

      I invite you to take the Political Compass test (the other link has died) and see how you fare.

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  2. Just chiming in here to agree with The First.

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  3. I am too lazy to do the research, and I do not doubt the veracity and sincerity of TR, but I wonder if he felt this way while he was president?

    The opening of his editorial: "The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the nation as a whole."

    Hard to argue with that...

    I suppose this was written in response to Woodrow Wilson's actions as WWI wore on?

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    1. I took the political compass test (not sure if the link here works for my results: https://www.politicalcompass.org/chart?ec=-2.13&soc=-5.69) I tested a bit left of center and fairly close to libertarian.

      Interesting. I thought some of the questions had some shades of gray in the way they were worded. For example, the item about society not supporting able people who are not working even when they have an opportunity to; If support refers to economic support, one might answer differently than if support might refer access to medical services and such.

      Anyway, thanks for the link. Always enjoy this blog.

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    2. Your link worked fine, Kolo. I hope anon and others will post their results. It's certainly not a perfect instrument (and may not be valid for non-American participants), but it's as good a tool for the purpose as I've found.

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  4. Now go read Mark Twain on Teddy Roosevelt. Replace the name and it sounds like he is talking about Trump.

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  5. This is the link to take the test itself:
    https://www.politicalcompass.org/test

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    1. Yes that's a better link. Will save people a step. Tx, Chris.

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