Theodore Roosevelt: Proud To Be a Conservative?

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Source:Ben Norton– Teddy Roosevelt’s: definition of a Conservative?

Source:The Daily View 

What I get from this Teddy Roosevelt quote about being a Conservative, is that he intended to conserve private corporations and leave them place and even protect their rights, but in the interests of the people. That for-profit corporations aren’t there simply to make as much money for themselves at all costs and be able to do anything that they want at call costs, that what they’re doing has to benefit the people as well. That corporations are part of the American community and therefor have both rights and responsibilities to the country as well.

Teddy Roosevelt, wasn’t an Ayn Laissez Faire capitalist when it came to economic policy. And he wasn’t a Eugene Debs. ( one of the prominent Socialist in TR’s time ) either. Teddy Roosevelt, was a Progressive Republican ( I know that sounds funny today ) who believed in American capitalism, private enterprise, and individualism, but that those things should be for everyone. Not just people who are born to wealth and that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed in America and that government, including the Federal Government has a responsibility to see that everyone has a shot to make it in America.

Teddy Roosevelt, didn’t believe in high taxation ( at least not across the board ) and he didn’t believe that everyone should be guaranteed a middle class income. But he did believe everyone should have a good shot and opportunity to be successful in America. And that government had real responsibilities in seeing that everyone did have those opportunities. Like has it to the regulatory states to protect consumers and workers from predators. A public safety net for people who fall on hard times. A public infrastructure system so people can get around and so jobs can be created in this country. And believed that being a Conservative was about conserving our American values like capitalism, private enterprise, individualism, but that those things had to work for everyone, not just wealthy people.

“Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States. Well know for his famous quotes. He is well remembered for his energetic personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive Movement, model of masculinity, and his “cowboy” image. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Party of 1912. Before becoming President (19011909) he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.”

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Source:Wiley Studios: ‘Wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt’– Some of Teddy Roosevelt’s quotes 

Frank Talk: Frank Colletta- Episode 1: What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive?

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Source:Frank Talk– Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt: two of our Progressive President’s

Source:The New Democrat 

“Welcome to Frank Talk episode 1. Join me as we explore the Four Pillars of Progressive Thought and what it means to be a progressive-minded individual. Special thanks to Think Progress for their article entitled: “What it Means to Be a Progressive”, written by John Halpin. His work was integral to the creation of this educational video. Thanks is also given to the American Values Project for their work on, “Progressive Thinking: A Synthesis of Progressive Values and Beliefs and Positions”.

Source:Frank Talk: Frank Colletta- Episode 1: What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive?

Source:Wikipedia

“Progressivism is the support for or advocacy for improvement of society by reform. As a philosophy it’s based on the idea of progress which asserts that advancement in science, technology, economic development and social technology, economic development and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition.”

I like Frank Colletta’s line about: “within every heart of a Conservative, you find hopes for a progressive tomorrow.” Which has always been one of the points about Progressive and progressivism, that it’s not partisan and in some cases it’s not ideological even. And people need to understand that if they really want to know what it means to be a Progressive and what progressivism is actually about, especially with the Far-Left who are really Socialists and in some cases even Communists, who try to adopt Progressive and progressivism for themselves, because they’re afraid to be labeled as Socialists or Communists depending on how far to the left that actually are.

As far as Frank Colletta saying that progressivism is about fairness and equality: sure, but most mainstream political philosophies whether they’re right or left believe in some level of fairness ( or as I prefer justice ) and equality. Progressives, don’t have the monopoly on justice and equality.

The First Pillar: Freedom and Opportunity

Again, most mainstream political philosophies believe in some level of freedom and opportunity. Where Progressives would differ from Conservative-Libertarians ( let’s say ) on the Right and Socialists as well on the Left, is that Progressives believe that government has a role in seeing that everyone had the ability and opportunity to live in freedom in America. Not just people who are born to wealth in America or people from a certain racial or ethnic background. Which is where Progressives would differ from Conservatives when it comes to freedom.

But Progressives differ from Socialists as well, because Socialists believe that opportunity doesn’t go far enough, because they believe that some people won’t take advantage of those opportunities and come up short. Or some people will do so well and have so much freedom over others and that to Socialists is somehow unfair. Progressives, don’t believe in total economic equality in the sense that everyone has the same basic income and standard of living, but that everyone has the opportunity to achieve real freedom in America.

My short, but simple definition of a Progressive in a political sense: is someone who believes in progress through government action. Progressive, is not another word for Socialist ( democratic or otherwise ) and Progressive is not another word for hippie or hipster: someone who is in on all the latest social trends and proud of that. You don’t have to to hip, cool, or awesome to be a Progressive: You just have to believe in progress and that government has a limited, but real role in achieving progress and that everyone’s constitutional rights are protected and that everyone has a real shot at succeeding in America. That everyone is protected from predators and predatory behavior, foreign or domestic.

A Progressive is not someone who is necessarily in on all the latest social trends and backs them, or has a big government solution and tax increase to solve everyone’s problems for them and take care of them. Or someone who believes that freedom is dangerous and selfish.

Roosevelt House: Patricia O’Toole- The Moralist: ‘Woodrow Wilson and The World He Made’

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Source:Roosevelt House– A Patricia O’Toole book event for Woodrow Wilson 

Source:The Daily View

“Roosevelt House as we welcome acclaimed historian Patricia O’Toole and mark the publication of her already acclaimed new book, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made. O’Toole, the prize-winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, will be in conversation with David Nasaw, the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at CUNY Graduate Center and the author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, among other books.

O’Toole and Nasaw will discuss the life and legacy of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U. S. presidents, and explore O’Toole’s argument that the Wilson presidency offers a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs. The speakers will also address the paradoxes that mark Wilson’s career: he was a progressive who enjoyed unprecedented success in leveling the economic playing field, but he was behind the times on racial equality and women’s suffrage. As a Southern boy during the Civil War, he knew the ravages of war, as president he refused to lead the country into World War I until he was convinced that Germany posed a direct threat to the United States. Once committed, he was an admirable commander-in-chief, yet he also presided over harsh suppression of political dissent, and, as president, the re-segregation of the federal government.

Welcoming remarks by Roosevelt House Director Harold Holzer.

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, May 15, 2018.”

Source:Roosevelt House: Patricia O’Toole- The Moralist: ‘Woodrow Wilson and The World He Made’

If you want to call Woodrow Wilson a Liberal or even a Liberal Democrat, that’s fine but should at leas know what those terms mean:

From Wikipedia

Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism. Also called Western democracy, it is characterised by elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powersinto different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, a market economy with private property and the equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people. To define the system in practice, liberal democracies often draw upon a constitution, either formally written or uncodified, to delineate the powers of government and enshrine the social contract. After a period of sustained expansion throughout the 20th century, liberal democracy became the predominant political system in the world.”

President Woodrow Wilson, was someone who believed in liberal democracy ( perhaps not for all like African-Americans, American-Indians, and women ) and all the liberal values ( except for qual justice and equal rights ) that come with liberal democracy. Like representative democracy, checks and balances, the rule of law, open society, a market economy, property rights, equal justice, equal rights, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedom for all people. ( Again, except for the groups that I mentioned ) Not exactly the values that so-called liberals ( closeted Socialists, in actuality ) tend to advocate for when they seem to be more interested in central government control over society on behalf of the people, as they would argue.

Woodrow Wilson is literally one of the architects of the liberal democratic order: a group of developed nations that see it as their role to defend and advocate for human rights and individual freedom around the world and speak out and act against nations and leaders that don’t believe in those liberal values and instead advocate for authoritarianism and central government control over the people. And that this coalition of democracies, both liberal and social work in coalition to protect themselves from authoritarians who are threats to their freedom and sovereignty and to help other countries who want democracy and freedom for themselves achieve those values as well.

Woodrow Wilson, was in power a 100 years ago and his politics of liberal democratic values, to go along with progressive economic values, along with being essentially a Neo-Confederate when it came to race relations and treatment of non-European-Americans in society, aren’t represented by anyone today. We still have Liberal Democrats. We still have Progressives. And we still have Neo-Confederates who are known as Nationalists today on the Right. But we don’t have a political faction or even individuals in America that you could call a Wilsonian who represents all of Woodrow Wilson’s politics, because it’s a 100 years later and and American politics is a lot different, but also when someone tends to be Center-Left ( let’s say ) on economic and foreign policy, they also tend to be liberal or progressive on social issues as well.

AZ Quotes: Theodore Roosevelt- ‘It Is Hard To Fail But It’s Worse To Have Never Tried To Succeed’

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Source:AZ Quotes– One of Theodore Roosevelt’s best quotes 

Source:The Daily View

In a world that is not dominated by the imperfect, but is a world of the imperfect where the perfect human being has yet to be born, we all make mistakes. But would we want it any other way? What would you one like if you were perfect an incapable of making mistakes: wouldn’t life become boring for you? No point in ever trying to learn anything, because you already know everything. So of course we all fail and have even failed a lot, doesn’t make us failures necessarily, if we bothered to acknowledge those mistakes, learn from them and not repeat them again. Because now you know what doesn’t work and what works and unless you’re an idiot you’re going to do what works in the future instead.

Life regardless of where you live is a constant education. Even if you’ve graduated college or even graduates school and have a masters, your education process hasn’t stopped yet. Now you might decide to stop learning and think you already know everything and have all the answers, but it’s people like that you tend to fail the most and make the biggest mistakes, because they think they already know everything. The only time the learning process stops for anyone is after we’re already dead, unless we’ve made to Heaven or Hell and then the learning process just continues. And if there are such places we can learn about what we’re missing. The only way to ever fail in life, is to try to succeed and perhaps not know everything and make bad mistakes from that. The only way not to fail is to not try at all and become guilty of not even trying.

Teddy Roosevelt, was the Progressive’s Progressive ( as I call him ) who was always moving forward and trying to get better and making life better for himself, people around him, and for society in general. Which is why this quote from his is so Teddy and represents almost everything that he ever stood for as a man. To always look forward and to be the best that anyone can be. For America to be the best country that we can be. That there’s no such thing as a perfect society and Utopia, but that should never stop us form ever tying to accomplish that so we can make America as great as it can be. To always look for progress and try to achieve it to make the best country for ourself that we can possibly create. Which is what I get from this great Teddy Roosevelt quote.

“It is hard to fail but it’s worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt”

Coleman Museum: Bull Moose Party- 1912 Campaign

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Source: Coleman Museum – Historian John M. Cooper

Source: Coleman Museum: Bull Moose Party- 1912 Campaign

If you want to know why there was even a Bull Moose Party or Progressive Party in 1912, it’s because Theodore Roosevelt didn’t win the 2012 Republican nomination for President. It was Teddy Roosevelt’s narcissism and his ambition to become President of the United States again which is how we got the Progressive Party in 1912. The real Progressive-Left in America which has almost nothing to do with the so-called Progressive-Left of today which is really a Socialist-Left led by Senator Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Socialists in and outside of the Democratic Party today.

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Source: The Thresh Baker– Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Party

And what the Progressive Party was running on in 1912, is what became President Franklin Roosevelt’s ( Teddy Roosevelt’s cousin ) the American public safety net what us better known as the New Deal in the 1930s. Pension insurance what’s known as Social Security, which is for people who don’t have enough of a pension to retire.

Unemployment Insurance, minimum wage, social insurances for people who struggle to pay their bills or who find themselves unemployed.

Not looking to create a British or Scandinavia welfare state in America, but creating social insurance for people who truly need it who are too young to retire and who are physically and mentally still able to work.

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Source: Progressive Bull Moose Party– Progressives or Socialists?

The reason why Teddy Roosevelt, wasn’t elected President again in 1912 is because you had basically Republicans voting against Republicans. Republicans who are now in the Progressive Party, voting against President William Taft and Republicans who are still in the Republican Party, voting for Teddy Roosevelt. Similar to why Hubert Humphrey doesn’t win the presidency in 1968 because you had Democrats voting against Democrats . With George Wallace running for President for the Independence Party with right-wing Dixiecrats voting against Hubert Humphrey. Republicans, were simply too divided and voting against each other in 1912 to put a Republican back in the White House.

Investigation Discovery: Jodi Arias- The Missing Pieces

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Source: Investigation Discovery– Convicted murderer Jodi Arias 

Source: The New Democrat

If you look at Jodi Arias who was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2012, if you just look at her on the surface and seeing her for the first time physically, I think you would have a very difficult time believing she could even kill a mouse let alone a grown, healthy, strong, young man. She’s simply too damn cute to play the role of a murderer even fictionally, let alone in real-life. She comes off a a girl who is still in high school and perhaps even younger than that as far as her physical appearance, her voice, and personality.

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Source: Philo– Convicted murderer Jodi Arias 

But perhaps the most successful murderers especially serial murderers, are the cutest people doing the murders. Or in Ted Bundy’s case, the handsomeness and most charming, because their victims would never expect them to kill a bug let alone another human being. The ultimate sneak attack which is how Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander at his home in 2008. I’m not arguing that she’s not guilty of at least killing Travis and I believe she probably murdered him, just saying that on her surface she looks like one of the last people who could ever kill anyone. But then you get to know her and learn about her personality, it’s not hard to believe that she could kill anyone.

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Source: Kevin Clark– Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, when they were together 

As far as her lawyer Kirk Nurmi, who came down with cancer from apparently defending Jodi and trying to keep her from the death penalty, I don’t want to make light of his situation. And I’m not making light here either, but even defense lawyers have a conscience and he must have had a pretty good idea that his client was probably guilty of this crime, but decided to defend her anyway. Even murderers have a constitutional right to an adequate defense, but unless the judge assigns you to the case, you don’t have to take it and you can always asked be to be removed from it and step down.

I don’t want to say lost soul here, but before Jodi Arias met Travis Alexander she really had no idea what she was going to do with her life. Unlike Travis who was a devout Mormon and was making his living as a public speaker and self-improvement speaker. We don’t know what happens to Jodi had she not had murdered Travis and perhaps Travis would’ve dumped her because she did seem to have possessive characteristics and could even be dangerous and violent. Maybe she moves on in life makes something positive of herself or finds another victim. We’ll never know.

Investigation Discovery: Jodi Arias- The Missing Pieces

David Winning: Exception To The Rule 1997- Featuring Kim Cattrall, Eric McCormack & Sean Young

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Source: IMDB– Exception To The Rule, 1997 poster

Source: Action

“EXCEPTION TO THE RULE – Directed by David Winning. Kim Cattrall, Eric McCormack, Sean Young, William Devane.”

From David Winning

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Source:David Winning– Sean Young and Kim Cattrall: ain’t dey cute! 

To be completely honest with you: Kim Cattrall is really the only reason why I watched Exception to The Rule and why I’m at best a casual fan of it. I am a big fan of Sean Young and believe she’s beautiful, sexy, very adorable, and at times at least very funny as well, but I don’t believe this is her best role and movie. Her part is important especially at the end where she ends up killing The Leather N Denim Assassin. ( As I call Kim Cattrall )

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Source: Leather Beauties– Hollywood Goddess Kim Cattrall

But this movie is really about how the Eric McCormack and Carla Rainer ( played by Kim ) interact with each other. He’s married to Angela ( played by Sean Young ) and has an affair with a perspective client or friend of McCormick’s boss ( played by William DeVane ) and uses that as blackmail leverage to get this young successful lawyer to pay him or. Or threatens to tell his father in law and boss ( played by William DeVane ) about their affair and he holds firm and refuses to pay her.

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Source: David Winning– Hollywood Goddess Kim Cattrall

As you can imagine she doesn’t take that well and that is how the final scene of the movie develops where The Leather N Denim Assassin Carla Rainer ( played by Kim ) breaks in to this young couple’s home in an attempt to take Angela hostage in order to get her husband to pay ransom on her. There are good scenes before this moment like where Carla, gets rid of a man who she had a complicated history with by killing him and when he thinks she’s playing him off. A nasty murder where she literally runs him over and then blows up the car. She tried murdering Tim Bayer ( played by Eric McCormack ) by trying to run him down in broad daylight earlier in the movie. He attempts to pay her off and does so, which isn’t good enough for her which leads up to the last scene of the movie.

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Source: Famous Fix– Hollywood Goddess Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall is really the only reason I’m interested in this movie. She’s this red-hot adorable redhead, with a beautiful body and even a quick sarcastic wit in the movie and in some cases in the movie even comes off as likable in is beyond her goddess like physical appearance. Sean Young has a good scene in the movie as well playing an adorable hostage who manages to break away from her would be captures. But Kim breaking into the home to take Angela hostage, in this beautiful black biker leather jacket, and black denim Levi’s, black boots. This scene happening at night and she sort of looks like a thief breaking into a jewelry store or bank at nigh and the confrontation that she has with Tim ( Angela’s husband ) is the really the only reasons for me to watch this movie.