Saturday, November 15, 2008

President Theodore Roosevelt Defines Americanism

Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-Sixth President of the United States
Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-13026 DLC
Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-Sixth President of the United States
President Roosevelt served from 1901-1909.


This year, my eldest daughter is studying American Government and Economics. I was reading her textbook and came across this very interesting quote from our twenty-sixth president:

Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity
and hardihood -- the virtues that made America. The things that will
destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first
instead of duty-first, the love-of-soft-living, and the get-rich-quick theory of
life.

Could Roosevelt see the future?

5 comments:

Alexandra said...

He was brillant - we need more leaders like this. Thanks for sharing this quote.

Alexandra said...

He was brillant - we need more leaders like this. Thanks for sharing this quote.

deb said...

How insightful and surprising that someone so many years ago would exactly describe our current problems.

Adrienne said...

There can be no peace & justice on earth; only in Heaven. Christus Rex!

Lily said...

Thanks for stopping by, Adrienne!