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October 12, 2012 – Is This Clear Enough For You?

So…I’m having another Mo Bro moment. I’m expecting to have many of these between now and the beginning of Movember. This one – is Presidential.

On this day in 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt officially renamed the “Executive Mansion” to the White House. This is one of the reasons I like him so much. “You want me to call it what? Nope. It’s white and it’s a house. I’m calling it the White House.” This may not be how it went, but if it did, I like the way he thinks.

English: Theodore Roosevelt, circa 1902
Check out that Mustache. This may be what I look like come The end of Movember. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are some other reasons why I like President Roosevelt so much. There are many things we can learn from these words.

I have always been fond of the West African proverb “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both. ~ When asked if he could better control his daughter.

Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.

To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life. You are entitled to know whether a man seeking your suffrages is a man of clean and upright life, honorable in all of his dealings with his fellows, and fit by qualification and purpose to do well in the great office for which he is a candidate; but you are not entitled to know matters which lie purely between himself and his Maker.

A typical vice of American politics — the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues, and the announcement of radical policies with much sound and fury, and at the same time with a cautious accompaniment of weasel phrases each of which sucks the meat out of the preceding statement.

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

We wish peace, but we wish the peace of justice, the peace of righteousness. We wish it because we think it is right and not because we are afraid.

Yeah, I got a little quote happy, but can you blame me?

English: Col. Theodore Roosevelt. Crop of Imag...
English: Col. Theodore Roosevelt. Crop of Image:Theodore Roosevelt, 1898.png with minor Photoshop cleanup עברית: תאודור רוזוולט (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

15 thoughts on “October 12, 2012 – Is This Clear Enough For You?

  1. Wow those are some sweet quotes to go with the perfect ‘stache. I want to take long walks with that ‘stache whilst its master recite those quotes.

    1. Absolutely. So many of those seem relevant for what is going on nowadays. Especially the one that references Pres. Lincoln.

      1. I think it should be a band name. Definitely an eclectic type of band. But, none of the members will have mustaches. It will be very thought provoking.

        1. Yeah, maybe they’re all sporting a Lincoln beard. Kind of like ZZ Top, and the drummer, whose name is Beard, is the only one that doesn’t have a beard.

      1. Actually, what people don’t know is that typos are a classic indicator of an impending overdose. Just remember that when I go oddly silent for the next few days.

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