Tuesday, April 22, 2014

More Trouble in Rushmoreville?

It's not a stretch to say that Mr. Roosevelt was one of the founding fathers of American Imperialism. As Vice President and later as President, he got us involved in a three year long occupation of the Philippines in which upwards of 200,000 mostly innocent men, women, and children were slaughtered. It was easily one of the most horrible episodes in U.S. history and in order to justify it, TR of course fell back upon the same type of virulent racism that characterized many from the early progressive movement. He claimed specifically that these Filipinos were little more than "savages, half-breeds, and a wild and ignorant people" and that they obviously needed to be civilized. To say that this fellow was racist just about sums it up, folks.

14 comments:

Rusty Shackelford said...



He did establish the national parks system.

But,he was a rich guy "hunter" who had wildlife propped up at close quarters to shoot and have stuffed.

He ended up being an anti-business kook who looked like a fool.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

History is largely written by the left, Russ, and so of course we are force-fed the hero narrative with this guy as well.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

A racist, statist, war criminal - the trifecta!

Rational Nation USA said...

Correction, history is written by winners. To a large degree it serves the nationalistm that is such an intregal part of history.

Rational Nation USA said...

nationalism... Damn smart phone :-)

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

And it explains why Lincoln and Churchill weren't brought before a war crimes tribunal.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I would also instruct people to compare the way that Coolidge and Cleveland on one side and FDR and TR on the other side were treated by historians in an effort to make my point.

Rational Nation USA said...

Neither Coolidge or Cleveland were electrifying politicians on the level of Rough Riding TR and Man of the People FDR.

But I do get your point Will. Thinking about US History (and I just might ponder) it occurred to me that we have been on a liberal trajectory beginning with our founders and have for the most part remained on course. There have of course been exceptions, call them minor course adjustments , but it seems clear we've gotten that which we ordered.

Rusty Shackelford said...



Oh boy.....look out...batten down the hatches.....hide the women and children.......RN is going to Ponder.....light the fire.....dust of the smoking jacket....get the ascot....warm the brandy.....the professor of brain droppings is about to actually ponder.And we can all witness his pondering.

O.K. RN........will are all waiting to watch you ponder.....

Rusty Shackelford said...



Will...it's you blog.......can we actually watch RN ponder...or does he ponder behind a screen like the Wizard of Oz?

Jerry Critter said...

Our founding fathers were the liberal and progressive leaders of their time. The conservatives were the opposition. Our country is based on liberal principles.

Rational Nation USA said...

Jerry, perhaps you have given ole Rusty something to ponder.

Jerry Critter said...

Rusty? Ponder? I'm not sure these two words even belong in the same sentence.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

You make a good case, Jerry, but I was referring to the early day modern progressives; TR, Woodrow Wilson (he segregated the federal work force AND the military), John Maynard Keynes, H.G. Wells, Margaret Sanger, H.L. Mencken - all of those folks were racists, hard-core racists.