New nationalism teddy roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt's Osawatomie Speech 2019-01-10

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Theodore Roosevelt New Nationalism

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Property is the fruit of labor; … property is desirable; is a positive good in the world. You could not have won simply as a disorderly and disorganized mob. He spoke outside after the John Brown memorial dedication Hennessy, 1910. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others. Of that generation of men to whom we owe so much, the man to whom we owe most is, of course, Lincoln. If the reactionary man, who thinks of nothing but the rights of property, could have his way, he would bring about a revolution; and one of my chief fears in connection with progress comes because I do not want to see our people, for lack of proper leadership, compelled to follow men whose intentions are excellent, but whose eyes are a little too wild to make it really safe to trust them.

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Theodore Roosevelt's Osawatomie Speech

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He urged the governor to have plenty of representatives form the press there. The New Nationalism puts the national need before sectional or personal advantage. Justice and fair dealing among nations rest upon principles identical with those which control justice and fair dealing among the individuals of which nations are composed, with the vital exception that each nation must do its own part in international police work. We took the proper democratic ground that the land should be granted in small sections to the men who were actually to till it and live on it. Our national policy was based on a simple proposition: only individuals and groups of individuals were allowed to contribute or spend money to influence federal elections. The betterment which we seek must be accomplished, I believe, mainly through the National Government.

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1912, Theodore Roosevelt’s “New Nationalism”

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Also, friends, in the interest of the working man himself, we need to set our faces like flint against mob-violence just as against corporate greed; against violence and injustice and lawlessness by wage-workers just as much as against lawless cunning and greed and selfish arrogance of employers. No man should receive a dollar unless that dollar has been fairly earned. There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. A broken promise is bad enough in private life. The bunting spread along the route Roosevelt would follow began to droop, the unpaved streets grew muddier and muddier and then the electric lights began to fizzle on and off. You had to have the administration at Washington good, just as you had to have the administration in the field; and you had to have the work of the generals good.

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TR Center

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But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. In the finished speech, Brown's name appeared just twice and then only incidentally. When I say I want a square deal for the poor man, I do not mean that I want a square deal for the man who remains poor because he has not got the energy to work for himself. They haven't changed in 100 years. Second, equality of opportunity means that the commonwealth will get from every citizen the highest service of which he is capable.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT: THE NEW NATIONALISM

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The farmer is a good farmer who, having enabled the land to support himself and to provide for the education of his children, leaves it to them a little better than he found it himself. We keep countless men from being good citizens by the conditions of life by which we surround them. It demands of the judiciary that it shall be interested primarily in human welfare rather than in property, just as it demands that the representative body shall represent all the people rather than any one class or section of the people. The man who wrongly holds that every human right is secondary to his profit must now give way to the advocate of human welfare, who rightly maintains that every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it. I stand for the square deal.


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New Nationalism Speech

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The issue of extending slavery into the territories ignited the highly combustible moral and political materials that soon fueled civil war. The American people are right in demanding that New Nationalism, without which we cannot hope to deal with new problems. Osage City Free-Press, August 25, 1910. Here in Kansas there is one paper which habitually denounces me as the tool of Wall Street, and at the same time frantically repudiates the statement that I am a Socialist on the ground that that is an unwarranted slander of the Socialists. Practical equality of opportunity for all citizens, when we achieve it, will have two great results. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations.


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The New Nationalism Theodore Roosevelt

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Roosevelt in such was as to secure him for the purpose. He called for a progressive income tax in this speech. It is of little use for us to pay lip-loyalty to the mighty men of the past unless we sincerely endeavor to apply to the problems of the present precisely the qualities which in other crises enabled the men of that day to meet those crises. At every stage, and under all circumstances, the essence of the struggle is to equalize opportunity, destroy privilege, and give to the life and citizenship of every individual the highest possible value both to himself and to the commonwealth. Again, comrades over there, take the lesson from your own experience.

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Teddy Roosevelt and His 1910 Speech, A Call to Arms Against Corporate Money in Federal Elections

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Again, I do not have any sympathy with the reformer who says he does not care for dividends. The New Nationalism puts the national need before sectional or personal advantage. I care for the great deeds of the past chiefly as spurs to drive us onward in the present. One of the chief factors in progress is the destruction of special privilege. Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs. It is a necessary result of the principle of conservation widely applied. You never get perfect justice, but the effort in handling the army was to bring to the front the men who could do the job.

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New Nationalism Speech

new nationalism teddy roosevelt

We must have complete and effective publicity of corporate affairs, so that the people may know beyond peradventure whether the corporations obey the law and whether their management entitles them to the confidence of the public. Paramount in the minds of the founders was the aim of limiting government to such powers and such tasks as secure such rights: nothing more. The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it in kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. The direct primary is a step in this direction, if it is associated with a corrupt-services act effective to prevent the advantage of the man willing recklessly and unscrupulously to spend money over his more honest competitor. Also, friends, in the interest of the working man himself, we need to set our faces like flint against mob-violence just as against corporate greed; against violence and injustice and lawlessness by wage-workers just as much as against lawless cunning and greed and selfish arrogance of employers. He chose Osawatomie as the site for its announcement, since he knew his ideas would be favorably received there due to his personal popularity. We must not go back on the reputation we have already established.

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