|Big News: January 6th, 1919|
|President Theodore Roosevelt at the Capitol, May 21st, 1903|
detail of Salem Library Historic Photo
|Hoopla the day before|
|July 17th, 1918|
|Oregonian, January 8th, 1919|
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country.TR was a war-monger, a loud-mouth and blustering fellow, but he also was disciplined and relentless in work, wrote many books, was intellectually curious and serious, could administer large organizations and make good decisions, and was the perfection of a kind of uniquely American type and exemplar for a kind of masculinity.
It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event it unpatriotic not to tell the truth whether about the President or about anyone else save in the rare cases....