Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt Was The Man

There are many reasons why Teddy Roosevelt was the man.  Stories of his heroism abound in books and other popular culture.  I've read a couple biographies of our 26th President and I've always come away impressed.

Yesterday at The Corner, John J. Miller talked about his recent visit to Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, N.Y.  One thing he noted was the lack of anything dealing with President Roosevelt's faith (you can read more about it at the link above).

The reason I bring this up is a T.R. quote Miller cited from Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States, a forthcoming book edited by Daniel Ruddy:

I have no patience with those who attack, who would destroy, a man's belief in religion—no patience with those who would convert the Jew en masse, or the Catholic. More likely than not, where they succeed at all they succeed only in destroying something—they take something real away and give nothing in return, leaving the victim bankrupt. I am always sorry for the faithless man, just as I am sorry for the woman without virtue.

Very powerful quote.

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