Despite dealing with different issues over 100 years apart, both Obama and Roosevelt overlap, presenting almost identical arguments regarding the direction of American values, the need for social and political equality, and on reform within the economy. Furthermore, the goal of this paper will be to examine each of these president’s speeches, and show how, despite a century-long gap, the ideals of Theodore Roosevelt helped shape the goals of Obama’s presidency. One of the earliest similarities between the speeches of Roosevelt and Obama can be seen in their opening statements, where both men present, what they believe to be, great examples of American values and citizenry. For President Roosevelt, he commends the soldiers of the Civil War,
Hey there, my name is Grace Coolidge. Yes, if you wondering I am Calvin Coolidge’s wife. My husbands had a very interesting life. But instead of just saying this, why don’t I tell you about it for him. I think just like any story we should start at the beginning.
Politics influenced the American culture with its economic prosperity and evolved societies with the rise of political movements. A political figure that emerged and contributed to this prosperous decade was Calvin Coolidge. He established the the beginning of his political career as a city councilman (Encyclopædia 891). From this profession, Coolidge soon became the mayor of Northampton, state senator, and then lieutenant governor (Encyclopædia 891). During his time as the governor of Massachusetts, he was involved in the Boston Police Strike of 1919 where he captured the attention of the nation (“About Coolidge”).
Many of our nation's crisis’ could have been solved if we had listened to Washington's Farewell Address. For example, maybe if we had stayed neutral, we wouldn’t have had as many wars. He also warned against political parties. And for good reason, some people only vote their party's candidate because of their party! Those people don’t research or look at who is the “better” candidate, they just choose the republican(or democratic)!
As Calvin Coolidge became president his main objective was to work towards the betterment of the economy in the United States. He did this by keeping the government relatively based on business. “Coolidge wanted business to run the country; he wanted fewer government regulations, higher tariffs, lower taxes, and a reduced federal debt. He favored business not because he hated labor, but because he thought the president should reflect the popular will, and the people wanted business to operate largely unfettered” (Hamilton). The tactics Coolidge used in his presidency was to try to make whatever the people wanted to happen.
As such, it can be argued that Allen's approach is valuable in promoting a more engaged and responsible citizenry. However, as Barndt suggests, there is a need to address the systemic issues that exist in our society to ensure that all individuals have equal access to the democratic process. Overall, Allen's vision of political education is an important step towards promoting democratic participation and civic responsibility, but it must be accompanied by efforts to address the structural inequalities that exist in our
Today, we regard Theodore Roosevelt as one of the greatest presidents of all time, and as an extraordinary person in general. He went to Harvard in the class of 1880, he served in the army in 1898 as the colonel of the Rough Riders, coming back home a hero, and he served as the governor of New York in 1990 before quickly becoming the youngest president ever at 42 when McKinley was assassinated. Once there, he made a legacy as one of the greatest presidents of all time, even winning a Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, and becoming the first American to do so, for his work on ending the Russo-Japanese War. Roosevelt was also very strong, once being shot at the beginning of a speech in Milwaukee and continuing to deliver the 60 minute speech before going to the hospital. But perhaps his greatest accomplishments lie in his progressive leadership of the U.S, making
His ability to recognize and appreciate those around him played a large part in his prosperity in both law and politics. “[G]ood influences” had a habit of walking into his life and therefore he always let the ideal that “good predominates” guide his actions and influence his beliefs (Coolidge 52). Throughout his career in public service, Calvin Coolidge focused predominantly on establishing peace rather than initiating conflict. The effects of his advocation for tranquility are apparent in both his actions and his relations. His involvement in the “World Peace Treaty” and his positive relationships with his comrades, family, and ordinary citizens highlighted his desire for concord (Coolidge 152).
Calvin Coolidge values and mine Glory does not always correspond to greatness. Often overlooked, “Silent Cal” (or Calvin Coolidge) had exhibited noble traits and followed hopeful policies, while still remaining modest and fulfilling his duties as a moral citizen. His actions in the presidency had reflected upon his core values which are a desire for: equality, persistence, and self-reliance--principles which I, myself, will strive for in the future. Coolidge had made a firm stand on the civil rights issues of African Americans, demanding equality for them. He genuinely believed that “all men were created equal,” and thus, through his actions, tried to ensure that the statement’s true.
A great nation consists of its political systems, its freedom, its liberty, and its ability to be led towards economic success. American history is filled with the necessary changes needed to become the ideal of a great nation. Between the Civil War and the Great Depression, America has been able to present a great extent of change through the Freedmen’s Bureau, The Monroe Doctrine, The Johnson-Reed Act, and The National Industrial Recovery Act. These political documents represent the progress America has had toward a more democratic society. Leaders such as Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt were able to help shape this progress with their ideas that focused on the betterment of the nation.
Coolidge handled the publics property and money as seriously as he would his own. He once commented he was head of the organization that makes the greatest of all budgets – the United States government. Growing up with puritan values and conservative economic views, Coolidge efficiently continued to direct the Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 that had passed under Harding’s leadership. Coolidge was not a “yes” man.
The ascension of Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency marked a dramatic turning point in bringing meaningful reform in America because he was the first ever president to lead hands on and believed that the government should serve as an agent of reform for the people. Roosevelt abandoned his Republican counterparts’ ideals of a ‘laissez-faire’ economy and turned to helping the American people through welfare programs and minimum wage laws. Above all, Theodore Roosevelt served as a voice for the masses and implemented what they had long desired. Around 1902, exposing the evils of industries, politicians and the rich and famous was a very hot industry.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Those famous words uttered by FDR on March 4th, 1933, put him on the Map and he made an indelible mark on America. My interest for FDR and presidents in general began at a young age, i loved FDR and my research for this essay opened my eyes to stuff I did not even know about him. FDR was elected to 3 terms, but not everybody knows why. He was so loved by the American people.