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A President on criticizing the President

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Roosevelt T. “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.

– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (in office 1901-1909)

(quoted by Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson in a speech on August 30, 2006)

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Written by Monte

February 9, 2007 at 1:25 pm

Posted in Iraq, Politics

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  1. Oh yes, copy away – I can’t imagine that there is any copyright on those words. And I look forward to reading of this conference – thanks!

    Monte

    February 9, 2007 at 6:43 pm

  2. Thanks again Monte, may I pick few line and print it on my blog?
    By the way, have you get the info regarding recent Criminalizing War conference in Malaysia. A lot of Malaysia bloggers wrote about it. I will sent you the line of some of the write up.

    regards,

    Sheih

    Sheih

    February 9, 2007 at 6:09 pm

  3. here here… well said

    afterechoes

    February 9, 2007 at 1:47 pm


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