Theodore Roosevelt, an Autobiography

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Charles Scribner's sons, 1913 - 597 páginas

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Crítica de los usuarios  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

I very much enjoyed this book, although I will admit to skimming now and then. I have high admiration for him. His viewpoint and mine are in many aspects in alignment. He is the moderate independent I ... Leer comentario completo

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Crítica de los usuarios  - madepercy - LibraryThing

This autobiography is a mini-tome. Reading it from the perspective of a foreigner means I comment disinterestedly on the work of one of the US Presidents who was immortalised in Mount Rushmore. I have ... Leer comentario completo

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Página 151 - But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
Página 574 - Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.
Página 565 - We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal.
Página 54 - I answered that if this were so it merely meant that the people I knew did not belong to the governing class, and that the other people did — and that I intended to be one of the governing class...
Página 355 - I declined to adopt the view that what was imperatively necessary for the nation could not be done by the President unless he could find some specific authorization to do it. My belief was that it was not only his right but his duty to do anything that the needs of the nation demanded, unless such action was forbidden by the Constitution or by the laws.
Página 519 - In the light of our present situation, the establishment of easy and speedy communication by sea between the Atlantic and the Pacific presents itself not simply as something to be desired, but as an object to be positively and promptly attained. Reasons of convenience have been superseded by reasons of vital necessity, which do not admit of indefinite delays. To such delays the rejection "by Colombia of the...
Página 299 - ... wise or safe for us as a party to take refuge in mere negation and to say that there are no evils to be corrected. It seems to me that our attitude should be one of correcting the evils and thereby showing that whereas the Populists, Socialists, and others...
Página 79 - It was this case which first waked me to a dim and partial understanding of the fact that the courts were not necessarily the best judges of what should be done to better social and industrial conditions.
Página 21 - The Proper Position of the Courts in Constitutional Questions," encourages precisely the wrong attitude among those who take part in them. There is no effort to instill sincerity and intensity of conviction. On the contrary— the net result is to make the contestants feel that their convictions have nothing to do with their arguments. I am sorry I did not study elocution in college: but I am exceedingly glad that I did not take part in the type of debate in which stress is laid, not upon getting...
Página 355 - The most important factor in getting the right spirit in my Administration, next to insistence upon courage, honesty, and a genuine democracy of desire to serve the plain people, was my insistence upon the theory that the executive power was limited only by specific restrictions and prohibitions appearing hi the Constitution or imposed by Congress under its constitutional powers.

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