“Never will I sit motionless while directly or indirectly apology is being made for the murder of the helpless.”
T.R., The Foes of Our Own Household, 1917, p.168
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and one of the leaders of the American Eugenics movement called him a “hold over from the old Christian religion”. She called him a “disgraceful blight on any modern scientific nation’s intent to advance.” Of course what she meant by “advance” was the eugenics movement which led to the sterilization of thousands of blacks and “unfits” in America and eventually to the Holocaust in Nazi Germany.
And she was right. Teddy had seen it all coming, and that was one of reasons he had come out of retirement to run his last campaign, against Wilson and Taft. And who knows, if he hadn’t taken a bullet in his chest during a campaign speech, he might have won the election against those who were intent on enforcing a new “social order” on the people, based on Darwins idea of ridding society of the weak and less evolutionarily advanced “races”.
By the way, even though he had been shot at point blank range in the chest, he did finish making his speech…he spoke for another hour and a half, bleeding profusely. Even though born into a elite New York family, his life time of ranching, riding, exploring and intense physical labor, as well as tremendous physical courage, had made him a hard man to kill. Not to deny God’s providence, but it would be difficult to find a man like Roosevelt on today’s political scene.
In many ways like Churdhill in England, Roosevelt was a throwback. He saw the world in Christian terms and like Churchill, had been a avid reader of both the Bible and history; he recognized that America’s greatness lay in her Christian foundations and morals.
Wilson was crying out for change, a “new social age” in which we would reinvent not only America but the entire world by “interpreting the constitution according to the Darwinian principle”(Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom, Doubleday, 1913, p.50)
Roosevelt didn’t buy that. He believed and shouted from the campaign platform that America should be ruled by the morals of the ten commandments, not “Darwinian presumption”. He said;
“All these blatant sham reformers in the name of a new morality preach the old, old vice and self indulgence that rotted out first the moral fiber and then even the external greatness that was Greece and Rome.”
“There are those that who believe a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality, all else is immorality. There is only true Christian ethics over against which stands the whole of paganism. If we are to fulfill our great destiny as a people, then we must return to the old morality, the sole morality.” (Johnson, Theodore Roosevelt; American Monarch, p.91)
He saw the danger of this new “morality” of Sanger, Galton and eventually Hitler and Stalin, based on the “Darwinian Principle”, and though an old lion, and wounded, he placed himself in it’s path. He preached from any political stump he could find;
“The transformation of the family…is of far more importance than any mere political or economic question can be.” And;
“Artificially keeping families small inevitably involves prenatal infanticide and abortion- with all its pandering to self indulgence, its shirking of duty, and its enervation of character.”
Theodore Roosevelt lost in his bid to overthrow Wilson and all that he and those like Margaret Sanger, Davenport and Galton stood for. Americans turned away from open eugenics only after seeing what happened in Hitlers Germany. However, by the mid sixities, the same old “new morality” was back and with a vengeance. A new impetus on teaching Darwinian concepts was implemented in the public school system and by 1973 our supreme court followed the path of Stalin and Hitler and legalized abortion.
Having defeated Hitler in war, we succumbed to his ideas in peace. In the last book he was to write, The Foes of Our Own Household, (where the rest of these quotes may be found) the old cowboy and roughrider left us this challenge. I am sure it is of as great value today, as it ever was. Will you heed it?
“The world is at this moment is passing through one of those terrible periods of convulsion when the souls of men and nations are tried as by fire. Woe to the man or nation that at such a time stands as once Laodicea stood; as the people of ancient Meroz stood when they dared not come to the aid of the Lord against the mighty. In such a crisis the moral weakling is the enemy of the right, the enemy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”
“Do justice, therefore and fight valiantly against those that stand for the reign of Moloch and Beezelbub on this earth.”
The same “new” moralities, the same “new” social orders, the same old lies of Darwin (who was openly racist), of Stalin, Mao and Hitler are being pushed today, only in a far more sophisticated and subtle form. Should we act stupid or should we stand against them? TR never hesitated, not while innocent human life was at stake.
Have a great day.