12-02-2005, 09:28 AM #1
Why dont they make leaders like this anymore?
Sounds like a man any nation would be proud of.
Determined to create what he called a "Square Deal" between business and labor, Roosevelt pushed several pieces of progressive legislation through Congress.
During his tenure as President, Roosevelt became known as the leader of Progressivism in the United States, trust-busting and his enthusiastic conservationist policies.Progressivism in the United States was the most powerful political force of the day, and in the first dozen years of the century Roosevelt was its most articulate spokesman. Progressivism meant expertise, and the use of science, engineering, technology and the new social sciences to identify the nation's problems, and identify ways to eliminate waste and inefficiency and to promote modernization. Roosevelt, trained as a biologist, identified himself and his programs with the mystique of science. The other side of Progressivism was a burning hatred of corruption and a fear of powerful and dangerous forces, such as political machines, labor unions and especially the new large corporations — called "trusts" — which seemed to have emerged overnight. Roosevelt, the former deputy sheriff on the Dakota frontier, and police commissioner of New York City, knew evil when he saw it and was dedicated to destroying it. Roosevelt's moralistic determination set the tone of national politics.Roosevelt was also interested in conserving natural wonders and resources, and is considered by many to be the nation's first conservation President. He encouraged the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902 to promote federal construction of dams to irrigate small farms and placed 230 million acres (930,000 km²) under federal protection. Roosevelt set aside more Federal land for national parks and nature preserves than all of his predecessors combined. As one story has it, he once asked his advisors, "Is there any law which prohibits me from declaring this island a bird refuge?" When they indicated there was not, Roosevelt signed the paper with a flourish and said, "Very well, then, I so declare it!"
During his presidency, Roosevelt established the United States Forest Service, signed into law the creation of five National Parks, and signed the 1906 Antiquities Act, under which he proclaimed 18 new national monuments. He also established the first 51 Bird Reserves, four Game Preserves, and 150 National Forests. The area of the United States that he placed under public protection totals approximately 230,000,000 acres (930,000 km²).
Today, Roosevelt's dedication to conservation is remembered by a national park that bears his name in the North Dakota Badlands. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is home to a variety of plants and animals, including bison, prairie dogs, and elk.
Roosevelt relished the Presidency and seemed to be everywhere at once. He took Cabinet members and friends on long, fast-paced hikes, boxed in the state rooms of the White House, romped with his children, and read voraciously. He was permanently blinded in one eye during one of his boxing bouts. In 1904 Roosevelt ran for President in his own right and won in a landslide victory.
Roosevelt was an activist during his years in the Assembly, writing more bills than any other New York state legislator. Already a major player in state politics, in 1884, he attended the Republican National Convention and fought alongside the Mugwump reformers who opposed the Stalwarts; they lost to the conservative faction that nominated James G. Blaine. Refusing to join other Mugwumps in supporting Grover Cleveland, the Democratic nominee, he stayed loyal to the party and supported Blaine.
His wife and mother died on the same day earlier that year, and in the same house, only two days after his wife gave birth to their only daughter, Alice. Roosevelt was distraught, writing in his diary, "the light has gone out of my life forever." Later that year, he left the General Assembly and moved to the Badlands of the Dakotas for the life of a rancher and lawman.
Living near the boomtown of Medora, North Dakota, Roosevelt learned to ride and rope, and occasionally got himself into fistfights, spending his time with the rough-and-tumble world of the final days of the American Old West. On one occasion, he hunted down notorious outlaws on the Little Missouri River, heading into the uninhabited Badlands.
After a blizzard wiped out Roosevelt's herd of cattle, and his $60,000 investment, he returned to the Eastern United States, where in 1885, he purchased Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York. It would be his home and estate until his death. Roosevelt ran as the Republlican candidater for mayor of New York City in 1886, coming in a distant third. Following the election, he went to London and married his childhood sweetheart, Edith Kermit Carow. They honeymooned in Europe, and Roosevelt took the time to climb Mount Blanc, leading only the third expedition to successfully reach the top. Roosevelt is the only President to have become a widower and remarry before becoming President.
In the 1880s he gained recognition as a serious historian. Roosevelt's The Naval War of 1812 (1882) was the standard history for two generations, but his hasty biographies of Thomas Hart Benton (1887) and Gouverneur Morris (1888) were pot boilers. His major achievement was a four-volume history of the frontier, The Winning of the West, (1889-1896) had a notable impact on historiography as it presented a highly original version of the frontier thesis developed in 1893 by his friend Frederick Jackson Turner. His many articles in upscale magazines provided a much needed income, as well as cementing a reputation as a major national intellectual. He was later elected president of the American Historical Association.
12-02-2005, 09:36 AM #2
what happenend to men like this did they all get washed down the drain
12-02-2005, 09:40 AM #3Originally Posted by amstaf
12-02-2005, 09:41 AM #4Originally Posted by johan
I believe that we have good people now, it's just that if you ever do anything that the press can get it's hands on and use against you, they will play it to the hilt and that will be all that the public hears.
12-02-2005, 09:44 AM #5Originally Posted by Bigen12
todays media sucks majorly. Its gotten out of hand.
Im more worried about people that have a totaly clean past because that is fishy as hell.
12-02-2005, 09:45 AM #6
Roosevelt.... you have got to be kidding me.. How about he created the Social Security Commission.. they could recieve retirement benefits at age 62.. the average age to death at the time.. 56 yrs old... He raped the american people then.. and is still raping us..The answer to your every question
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12-02-2005, 09:49 AM #7Originally Posted by spywizard
I thought that was FDR not teddy? Not that I know much about american presidents. But what I read on wikipedia about his character, struggle against corruption ect sure sounds good.
12-02-2005, 09:56 AM #8Originally Posted by spywizard
12-02-2005, 02:22 PM #9Originally Posted by johan
12-04-2005, 12:51 PM #10
Stories change throughout time. Different verions get brought up everytime they are told. It's like the Alexander the Great. One of the greatest Kings of time. Well most of the crap they say about him isnt true. One mans story always changes when its said through other peoples mouths. Though Teddy was a very good President he also had his faults. And now a days, when there ever is a great person that has something to say and tires to change the world for the better its his peers that keep them from that.
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