Obama has left the world on edge. North Korea threatens nuclear attacks on the United States: Russia is growling, China is playing its usual stealth cards, and everyone is TRYING to ignore it, but, fact it: It’s not easy.
President Trump has taken a strong military stance once again for America, and in that respect, we remember Ronald Reagan and another former President who had a few words to say, about big…hands…I mean…sticks.
I found a few words from Teddy Roosevelt’s “Carry a big stick” speech.
Here it is:
IN 1914, Teddy Roosevelt published some thoughts on how America should react to the war going on in Europe: Germany had just invaded Belgian and they were overrun. The world watched Belgian then, as we watch the Middle East now.
Here are a few paragraphs that Teddy wrote from OUTLOOK,
September 23, 1913: “The World War: Its Tragedies and Its Lessons. “
Our first duty is to hold ourselves ready to do whatever the changing circumstances demand in order to protect our own interests in the present and in the future: although, for my own part, I desire to add to this statement the proviso that under no circumstances must we do anything dishonorable, especially toward unoffending weaker nations. Neutrality may be of prime necessity in order to preserve our own interests, to maintain peace in so much of the world as is not affected by the war, and to conserve our influence for helping toward the reestablishment of general peace when the time comes.
We can maintain our neutrality only by refusal to do anything to aid unoffending weak powers which are dragged into the gulf of bloodshed and misery through no fault of their own. Of course, it would be folly to jump into the gulf ourselves to no good purpose: and very probably nothing that we could have done would have helped Belgium. We have not the smallest responsibility for what has befallen her, and I am sure that the sympathy of this country for the suffering of the men, women, and children of Belgium is very real. (Nobody says: Syria.)
One of the main lessons to learn from this war is embodied in the homely proverb. “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
A little good can come, (peace movements) but only on condition that nations remember that as yet arbitration treaties, neutrality treaties, treaties for the erection of independent tribunals, treaties of all kinds can do nothing to save a nation in great crises unless that nation is able to defend its own honor, its own vital interests.
Under existing conditions, universal and all-inclusive arbitration treaties have been utterly worthless, because where there is no power to compel nations to arbitrate, and where it is perfectly certain that some nations will pay no respect to such agreements unless they can be forced to do so, it is mere folly for others to trust to promises impossible of performance: and it is an act of positive bad faith to make these promise when it is certain that the nation making them would violate them.
That last paragraph reminds me of Obama’s deal with Iran.
President Trump is speaking loudly and trying to carry a big stick. So is Kim Jung Un. So is Vladimir Putin.
The only country who is speaking softly are the Chinese.
Somebody said on the radio last night that the United States attacked nations who do not have nuclear weapons. Iraq and Libya to name two.
And that is why other nations want them so badly, and why that little creep in North Korea is so scared.
Whatever…when it comes to N. Korea, I’m afraid it’s going to be ‘use a big stick’ and THEN speak softly.
And I’m not sure which leader will use it first. One thing for sure: they won’t be able to blame the next war on Julian Assange.
Teddy Roosevelt: Lover of books. Man of vision— rough-rider. And Henry Adam’s best friend until he got into socialism. But Teddy’s socialism next to Obama’s Marxist radical dreams of Alinsky, was like a lovable chia pet next to a diamond back rattler.
I’m not going to write a lot today, but I AM going to list a number of quotations from Teddy Roosevelt on the subject of immigration, because they are excellent, and what we SHOULD be hearing from our President today. (Ha!)
If you compare his thoughts to the ones that Obama and most of our Congress holds today, you will, like me go…
What the hell happened?
Some of these quotes were expressed a day before he died, on January 5, 1919. Some from his book “On America.”
Here are some of his words:
“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.”
Nobody Says: We now assimilate to THEM. But, in Teddy’s eyes, they should all become Americans.
“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or to leave the country… English should be the only language taught or used in the public schools.”
Nobody: That’s not the case any longer. We have to teach in all different languages, nobody is expected to learn English anymore. We are now a bilingual nation.
“But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”
“We can have no “50-50″ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.”
Nobody: By this you can say that Obama is NOT an American. Not even close.
“We cannot afford to continue to use hundreds of thousands of immigrants merely as industrial assets while they remain social outcasts and menaces any more than fifty years ago we could afford to keep the black man merely as an industrial asset and not as a human being. We cannot afford to build a big industrial plant and herd men and women about it without care for their welfare. We cannot afford to permit squalid overcrowding or the kind of living system which makes impossible the decencies and necessities of life.”
Nobody: In that respect: What’s the difference between the cheap labor of the black slaves and the cheap labor of the hispanic?
“We cannot afford the low wage rates and the merely seasonal industries which mean the sacrifice of both individual and family life and morals to the industrial machinery. The foreign-born population of this country must be an Americanized population – no other kind can fight the battles of America either in war or peace.”
Nobody: It’s not just the immigrants that will receive low wages, 75 percent of the new jobs created in the last few years have been part-time.
“It must talk the language of its native-born fellow-citizens, it must possess American citizenship and American ideals. It must stand firm by its oath of allegiance in word and deed and must show that in very fact it has renounced allegiance to every prince, potentate, or foreign government.”
Nobody: For a nation to survive, this must be done. But, how many Muslims, how many Mexicans, how many Kenyans in this country posses this love of America?
“The policy of “Let alone” which we have hitherto pursued is thoroughly vicious from two stand-points. By this policy we have permitted the immigrants, and too often the native-born laborers as well, to suffer injustice. Moreover, by this policy we have failed to impress upon the immigrant and upon the native-born as well that they are expected to do justice as well as to receive justice… that they are expected to be heartily and actively and single-mindedly loyal to the flag no less than to benefit by living under it. “
Nobody: That’s the worst of it all: the immigrants get everything free…and nothing is expected in return. It is the destruction of America if it keeps up.
“The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American. There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else….”
You could say many things about Teddy Roosevelt, but the one thing you cannot say is that he did NOT love America…and he was dead right on immigration.
It’s a whole new ‘global’ world, isn’t it?
Boy, did WE pick the wrong guy.
‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’
Theodore Roosevelt 1907 Every American citizen needs to read this!
(Thanks to Pattie)