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March 20th, 2003
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unfortunately, neither of these quotes easily fits on a button

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does NOT mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country."

-- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States (1901-1909)

"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."

-- "Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star", [pp?] 149, May 7, 1918

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Date:March 21st, 2003 01:51 pm (UTC)


...Neither does the list of factual data, actions, decisions, and analysis which have been our leader's guide.

So instead I will give you another Roosevelt quote, and I will address it to all those who feel they are better suited to run the nation, the people who protested Vietnam and Cambodia, and led to our pulling out and leaving those people to be slaughtered. Those who believe that this is a democracy, rather than a republic, and that the screaming and whining of ten thousand undereducated men should override the experience and research of those trained to do a job. To those who feel that they have 'freedom' to endanger the military and civilian populace of our own country in their protests:

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
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