2020-06-23 15:33:21 UTC
Published 1 hour ago
On Monday, a mob attempted to knock down a statue of Andrew Jackson.
They spray-painted the base, trying to knock the statue down. In large
letters, you can see it says "killer" at the bottom. Amazing.
This is happening all over the country as you know and there's a reason
for it. Over the weekend, most recently -- doubtless, you've heard of
this -- city officials announced their plan to remove the statue of
Teddy Roosevelt from outside New York's Museum of Natural History. The
bronze statue has stood there in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda facing
Central Park since before the Second World War. Soon it will be gone.
People who erected that statue 80 years ago would be confused by this,
no doubt. They did not consider Teddy Roosevelt a controversial figure.
In fact, Roosevelt was the most popular president in American history.
He was also the most American president. No other country could have
produced Teddy Roosevelt.
Roosevelt's virtues mirrored the values of America. He was physically
brave. He was profoundly literate, highly self-disciplined and
amazingly energetic. While still a college student, Roosevelt wrote a
two-volume history of the War of 1812 that is still in print today. You
can buy it on Amazon.
He was the youngest president in our history. He saved our economy from
corporate monopolies. And by doing that, he made the American middle
class possible. He created the national parks. He created the Panama
Canal, the Food and Drug Administration, and then he kept going.
The list of Teddy Roosevelt's achievements fills entire shelves of
biographies. Those are in addition to the more than 40 books he wrote
himself on topics ranging from Oliver Cromwell to cattle ranching to
Personally, Roosevelt was a famously decent man. In 1901, he invited
his friend Booker T. Washington to dinner. No African-American had ever
eaten in the White House. Democrats roared with rage at the idea. For
the crime of having a meal with a black man, they attacked Teddy
Roosevelt and his wife for the rest of their lives. But Roosevelt never
bowed. He gave the finger to the mob, and he continued cheerfully on.
Teddy Roosevelt was a hero to millions of Americans. He still is.
That's precisely why they are tearing down his statue. They know that
if they can force you to watch as they topple your heroes, they have
won. There's nothing they can't do next.
We need help, and we need it right now. These are not protests. This is
a totalitarian political movement, and someone needs to save the
country from it.
Very long article.