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Quotational Therapy: Part 35 -- Teddy Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt, "The Strenuous Life"-
This is one of the more relevant quotational therapy sessions yet. Be sure to read the entire text if you have the time:
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Read the entire speech here.
This is an amazing speech, given by President Theodore Roosevelt, on April 10, 1899. The U.S. had interests in Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, and there were insurgencies and other opposition groups of various sorts in each location. Much of the American nation wanted to cut and run, especially in the Philippines. Isolationism was a profound force in U.S. politics at the time, and Teddy Roosevelt's call for American resolve was a daring political move, not the easy way out.
President Bush probably needs to give a speech like this soon on the issue of Iraq. Squishy Americans-- the ones who supported the Iraq war in the beginning but now are peeling off-- need to be slapped around a bit, rhetorically. Their comfort zones need breaching.
Unfortunately, because of the steady, left-leaning media drumbeat of "the-sky-is-falling" coverage that is still so pervasive and influential in America today, people need reminding of why the Iraq mission is just, why it is noble, and why it is necessary.
And this is so hard to understand for someone who tries to put any individual development in a long-term, ecumenical context.
It seems like the American people "get it" from time to time, immediately following an important speech by the President on Iraq. But then, over a few months, they begin forgetting, or changing their minds, or going wobbly, or otherwise flip-flopping.
The ones who have changed their minds on Iraq must be made to feel embarrassed for such weak-knee-edness, but reassured that there is a place for returning fair-weather fans in the home team stadium.
They must be reminded that the U.S. is going to finish the job, and that we'll be better off for it, that the Iraqis will be better off for it, and that the world will be better off for it.
The American people need to be poked a bit, reminded that we're in a war we didn't start, a war that we must finish. Fighting the Global War On Terror is not optional. War requires resolve, and sacrifice, and determination, and stoicism, and dedication, and seriousness. And we'll lose the war if Americans fail to embrace those values.
Previous Quotational Therapy Session:
President George W. Bush On The Global War On Terror.
Posted by Will Franklin · 12 August 2005 01:32 PM
I do wish that GW would do just that and give a rousing speech to the American public as you just stated. It's amazing those 50 protesters are given so much attention down in Crawford. Our media is in a drastic decline.
Posted by: Jim Hoft at August 12, 2005 03:50 PM
I feel really bad for that mother!... I hope I never have to experience what she has gone through! However... She really needs someone close to her to tell her she needs to go home and greive in private! Her son died fighting for freedom and democracy. No one likes War! Our country was attacked and thousands of unsuspecting innocent lives were lost! Our President has delivered many great speeches. The President has already spoken with this lady anyway! Bless her heart! I hope she can get some help soon!
Posted by: Zsa Zsa at August 12, 2005 05:35 PM
I would assume the "squishies" are the ones that feared either Iraqi WMDs or Iraqi connections to 9/11. Given that those fears lost their mooring, I'm not sure that "a strenuous life" can be substituted.
Remember the other guy, who said "nothing to fear but fear itself?" We (as a nation) feared fear itself, and acted out on that basis.
FWIW, here's my blurb:
I opposed this war, but not forcefully enough, or actively enough. All I did was write a few letters. I tried to explain my opposition in terms of realpolitik, and blowback (in the geopolitical sense). I was very aware, having worked with immigrant-engineers from around the world, that folks outside the US already tended to see the U.S. military and the CIA behind every tree. They already had bitter memories of past adventures. I did not see how a US-led intervention could generate anything other than more blowback, for more generations.
In my futile letters, I told the President that if Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, then he should continue to make that case to the UN, and ultimately go into Iraq under the UN banner. My reasoning was that a UN effort would not be seen as an East-West culture war (with religious echoes going back centuries, with complete Muslim-world blowback potential), but instead as a believable “UN Police Action.”
This is a stupid war. This is a stupid post. I don’t like writing it. But inspired by Mr. William F. Buckley’s public comments, I’ll force myself to say something …
Declare Victory, Go Home.
Posted by: odograph at August 13, 2005 05:33 PM