Teddy Roosevelt’s Thoughts on Civilization, America, & the Future
Theodore Roosevelt addressed the American Sociological Congress (Fear God and Take Your Own Part, 1916, p. 70):
“The civilization of Europe, America, and Australia exists today at all only because of the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization…victories stretching through the centuries from Charles Martel in the eighth century and those of John Sobieski in the seventeenth century …
There are such ‘social values’ today in Europe, America, and Australia only because during those thousand years the Christians of Europe possessed the warlike power to do what the Christians of Asia and Africa had failed to do – that is, to beat back the Muslim invader.”
Theodore Roosevelt stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 24, 1903:
“In no other place and at no other time has the experiment of government of the people, by the people, and for the people, been tried on so vast a scale as here in our own country.
Failure would not only be a dreadful thing for us, but a dreadful thing for all mankind. It would mean loss of hope for all who believe in the power and the righteousness of liberty.
Therefore, in thanking God for the mercies extended to us in the past, we beseech him that he may not withhold them in the future.”
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