• Theodore Roosevelt's Broadside Seeks To Rehabilitate The Republican Party; Accuses McKinley Of Playing A Game

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    THEODORE ROOSEVELT (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He served as the 25th vice president from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. Roosevelt was a leader of the Republican Party and became the driving force for the anti-trust policy while supporting Progressive Era policies in the United States in the early 20th century. He is generally ranked by historians as one of the five best presidents.

     

    6 ¾ x 9 ¾ plea for rehabilitation of the Republican Party, entitled “Roosevelt’s Broadside.”  Subtitled, “In a Masterly Letter to Senator Dixon, the National Chairman of the Roosevelt Committee, He Terrifically Assails the Attitude of the Taft Politicians.  The Machine Must Not Override the Plain People. In This Letter, Mr. Roosevelt Argues Earnestly for Popular Rule Against Entrenched Privilege, Both Financial and Political – A Plea for the Rehabilitation of the Republican Party As It Existed Under Lincoln, and for Righteousness in Government.

     

    As a progressive, Roosevelt became disenchanted with the conservative policies of President William Howard Taft.  The arguments made in Roosevelt’s broadside were addressed to Sen. Joseph Dixon (July 31, 1867 – 1934), a Republican from Montana who served as Representative, Senator and seventh Governor of Montana. Dixon was a leader of the Progressive Movement in Montana and nationally.

     

    Roosevelt writes, “...Take Mr. McKinley’s view that we are engaged in a game in which the interests of the people...are at stake...but in which the people themselves are not to have their voice...Our opponents take the view that this contest is merely a game, that the object of the contest is to win prizes for the contestants, and that public office is the reward that goes to the winners of the game, and that, therefore, it is a piece of allowable smartness to refuse to make changes in the laws during the progress of the contest, if these changes would deprive the led captains of the political world of the advantage they hold over the plain people.  In short, the issue may be stated as follows: Should election laws be framed with a view to the interests of politicians, or should election laws be framed with a view to carry out the popular will?”

     

    In excellent condition. Printed on green paper.

     

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