Virtues That Made America Great

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                                Courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood.

 

Theodore Roosevelt said it best.

“Everything is un-American, that tends either to government by a
plutocracy (The elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth, status or resources.) or government by a mob. To divide along the lines of section or caste or creed is un-American. All privileges based on wealth, and all enmity (the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.) to honest men, merely because they are wealthy, are un-American – both of them equally so. Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America.”

Theodore Roosevelt letter to S.S. Menken, 1917

Witch Hunts are un-American. Because they always create goals that involve harming attacking and suppressing or destroying, fellow Americans. Or fellow man. When they are whipped up with false reports and by bearing false witness, this is sabotage to the effort, blood sweat and tears, others laid down to make this country a safe and inhabitable space.

Our ancestors are people that flocked to this space for safety, opportunity and freedom. Often fleeing oppression for their caste, status, religious beliefs and their lives.

Those who would work to create conditions here, that people might need to flee from, because they are no longer safe,  do not deserve the platforms built for them on the backs of the women that broke this Earth with the blood they spilled in child birth.

Some folk may have no ancestors in America to honor, no children to leave a better world to. These trusts may not matter to them. But they have other trusts that include leaving this world in a better place than the way they found it. Those trusts also include not dishonoring my ancestors, who’s blood has spilled from East to West.  And not making this world darker for my children and their children.

There is no more Earth to flee to.  America was, the last chance Texaco.

Our enemies and cancers are within.  The way to keep the rest and best alive,  living with promise and hope, is to educate so they can have a fair shot at surviving.  And so they do do not become unsuspecting pawns for those that effort to make the world a darker place. And mis-educate through discouragement,  dishonor, injustice, false reports and bearing false witness, insincerity and sloth.

It is actually easier to make a good memory than a bad one.  Takes less effort to tell the truth than to manufacture lies through half truths and partial truths and false reports.

 

Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910  Theodore Roosevelt

“But if a man’s efficiency is not guided and regulated by a moral sense, then the more efficient he is the worse he is, the more dangerous to the body politic.

Courage, intellect, all the masterful qualities, serve but to make a man more evil if they are merely used for that man’s own advancement, with brutal indifference to the rights of others.

It speaks ill for the community if the community worships these qualities and treats their possessors as heroes regardless of whether the qualities are used rightly or wrongly.

It makes no difference as to the precise way in which this sinister efficiency is shown. It makes no difference whether such a man’s force and ability betray themselves in a career of money-maker or politician, soldier or orator, journalist or popular leader. If the man works for evil, then the more successful he is the more he should be despised and condemned by all upright and far-seeing men.

To judge a man merely by success is an abhorrent wrong; and if the people at large habitually so judge men, if they grow to condone wickedness because the wicked man triumphs, they show their inability to understand that in the last analysis free institutions rest upon the character of citizenship, and that by such admiration of evil they prove themselves unfit for liberty.”

 

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