101 years ago, President Teddy Roosevelt went to Osawatomie, Kansas and delivered a speech calling for a ‘New Nationalism’. Although Roosevelt was a Republican, he was also a Progressive. He helped to champion many progressive ideas that are still in effect today and others that have been accomplished by Obama 100 years later.
The key aspect of Roosevelt’s progressive platform was to go after big business which at the time seemed to control all of the national politics and both political parties. Roosevelt wanted the power back in the hands of politicians instead of in the hands of big business. He firmly believed in a big federal government who had the power to control the economy and to guarantee social justice for the people collectively.
Roosevelt’s progressive agenda also included primary elections for all federal and state offices; the direct vote for senators; women’s suffrage; restrict injunctions during times of union strikes; compensation to employees injured on the job; a National Health Service; a Social insurance to help provide for the elderly, disabled and unemployed; a constitutional amendment to establish the federal income tax; establish a federal securities commission; establish an inheritance tax; and the establishment of farm relief.
Now Obama is comparing his progressive platforms with those of Roosevelt and in many ways they are very similar. They both believe in big government; governmental control of the economy and big businesses; institute new taxes and raise existing ones; create a national health care program; establish programs designed to make the public dependent upon the government; and give more power to unions.
However, there are a couple of big differences between Teddy Roosevelt and Barack Obama.
Roosevelt believed in a powerful military. In January of 1900, he coined the phrase, ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick.’ He used this phrase to refer to America’s military might as well as wielding of big government. Roosevelt, who was himself a retired military officer, knew what sacrifices American soldiers and sailors made in the defense of the country and wanted to make sure that the military was strong and those in it were taken care of for their sacrifices.
Obama has been steadily undermining the integrity of our military by pushing his liberal social agendas onto it. The military has been forced to lower their standards to allow homosexuals to serve, marry and now even commit sodomy and bestiality. Obama is also pushing to change the military retirement from being able to obtain benefits upon retirement after 20 or more years of active service, to waiting until they reach Social Security retirement age to collect their due benefits. These policies are already creating an exodus of career military personnel, thus weakening the nation’s defense.
For the most part, Roosevelt stood behind his actions and words. When things got rough, he took the heat, like a trained military leader would. On the other hand, Obama doesn’t have enough hands or fingers to keep up with his blame shifting. Having never served in the military or even had any formal non-Marxist training, Obama has never been taught honor, integrity and honesty. If nothing else, it seems that Obama excelled in his courses of blame shifting and denial.
Roosevelt and Obama may be quite similar politically, but definitely not in character quality. Roosevelt had a spine and stood like a man, while Obama is spineless and slinks away from responsibility like a weasel.