Pit Bull Moose and Mugwumps

17 09 2008

So John McCain’s latest power of story is that Teddy Roosevelt is his ACTUAL Republican soulmate, not the pitbull moose in his hand nor two Bushes in the Byrd.

Did John McCain’s Rove-Cheney handlers and rich corporate and foreign power lobbyists, vet the Bull Moose any better than the Pit Bull? The kids and I are having all sorts of fun playing with the power of story in Teddy Roosevelt’s wikipedia entry.

We see similarities between John Sidney McCain and TR, sure — TR left his daughter to be raised by others while he was off adventuring, he loved to fight even within his own party, his views on race were so belligerent and extreme that President NIXON had to clean up after him (see below); and he promised if elected to limit his terms voluntarily–

Roosevelt argued the frontier conditions created a new race: the American people that replaced the “scattered savage tribes, whose life was but a few degrees less meaningless, squalid, and ferocious than that of the wild beasts with whom they held joint ownership.” He believed, “the conquest and settlement by the whites of the Indian lands was necessary to the greatness of the race and to the well-being of civilized mankind.”
. . .In The Winning of the West (1889–1896), Roosevelt’s frontier thesis stressed a racial struggle between “civilization” (white, especially Germanic peoples) and supposed savagery (of people of color, i.e., Native American Indians). Excerpts:

1. “The settler and pioneer have at bottom had justice on their side; this great continent could not have been kept as nothing but a game preserve for squalid savages.”
2. “The most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages.”
3. “American and Indian, Boer and Zulu, Cossack and Tartar, New Zealander and Maori, — in each case the victor, horrible though many of his deeds are, has laid deep the foundations for the future greatness of a mighty people.”
4. “..it is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races.” Read the rest of this entry »