Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, (1858-1919) 26th US President

Theodore Roosevelt Quote

“No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.”

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt
~ Theodore Roosevelt

Ratings and Comments

David L Rosenthal

Someday someone will help me to understand how it is that we fooled ourselves into believing in human civilization.

Robert, Sarasota

Perhaps we should practice this in Florida where they seem happy stealing an office and yet our prison is full of purse stealers. When will we wake up as a proposed civilized nation and become a beacon of integrity again (I think we were there once upon a time) instead of an example to the despots.

E Archer, NYC

Why Americans are not absolutely outraged and marching on Washington over blatant voter fraud in Florida and Ohio I do not know. If we won't even stand up for one of the last remaining protections of a democratic-republic, what will it take? I think most people have been so well indoctrinated that the possibility of our government officers being more crooked than Tricky Dick seems a remote possibility when in fact it is worse now than ever.

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dragon    12/13/06

Wisdom from the last truly great Republican president. TR's statement rings as true today as it did yesterday & will so tomorrow.

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EGL, LA    12/13/06

We have become so acquiesced to corruption as common place that politics is definitely the beneficiary of this fatalism. Who knew that Nixon would leave behind a legacy that gave more permission to government to be corrupt, not less.

David L Rosenthal

A recount was completed in Florida. Bush undisputaedly had won in Florida. It does not matter how many times you kick it - this horse will not get up.

Jack, Green. OH

Imagine how many purses could have been stolen to equal the cost of one Florida elecrion.

lilly, b
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    lilly, b    4/4/09

    It is cool

    Ed, Traverse City MI

    Again, it is interesting how ignorant of Constitutional politics the average American is. The Constitution clearly states that the President is elected by the Electoral College. The electors that go there to vote for President are to be selected in whatever manner the Legislatures of the various states decide. So, when the Florida legislature declared that their electoral votes would go to Bush, it was over. It was the corrupt Florida Supreme Court that intervened in an unconstitutional manner. The US Supreme Court was forced to overrule the FSC on a clearly unconstitutional ruling. Of course, as usual, I will be accused by the know-nothings of being a Bush-backer. Interestingly enough, I am a Libertarian Party member; but don't let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory. After all, Gore is good at idiotic theories, like "global warming," or is it now "climate change" since the temperatures aren't cooperating with Mr. Gore's idiotic claims - almost as idiotic as this whole stolen election thing.

    E Archer, NYC

    Theft is the business of politics, pure and simple.  And they will never be satisfied.


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