A view from across the pond, and back

“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)

26 thoughts on “A view from across the pond, and back

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  2. “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.” – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)”

    Someone needs to show the current POTUS this. I think he thinks he’s AMERICA by himself.

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  3. Well done Peter!

    We reap what we sow. Respect and loyalty are earned it is not an automatic right. No one on this earth is above criticism and especially a politician, it goes with the job, no matter what his role.

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  5. Right on! Excellent and timely quote from President T. Roosevelt!
    The best leaders are servant-leaders. Not sure our leaders today even know what being a servant means. 😦 If leadership only serves the leaders, it will fail.
    I am saddened because I feel some of our leaders are acting like 5 year olds on a playground. 😦
    (I could say a lot more…but, I’ll get off my soapbox now.)
    (((HUGS)))

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