Mark Twain And Theodore Roosevelt Analysis

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A Dialogue between Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt
Mark Twain:
I am truly an Anti-Imperialist. I do not believe in policies or practices by which we increase our power by gaining control over other areas of the world. I feel that we don’t have any business in countries that are simply not our own. I was the vice-president of the Anti-Imperialist league for almost ten years. Expansion overseas is not what I am for and will not benefit our country as a united nation.
Theodore Roosevelt: Woah there Twain. There are other opinions out there.
Mark Twain: Are you sure about that? Like who’s?
Theodore Roosevelt: Yes Sir…..ME! I believe in imperialism! I will tell you about my views.
Mark Twain: Okay go ahead Roosevelt, but I’m not sure I will
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We freed them from the Spanish… Isn’t that a good thing? Imperialism might not be so bad after all? Huh?
Mark Twain: Ummm no! Because after freeing them from the Spanish tyranny we should have let them set up their very OWN Government with their OWN ideas, overall letting them make their OWN choices. But no… What did we do?
Theodore Roosevelt: We stepped in.
Mark Twain: Why?
Theodore Roosevelt: We HAD to step in, Twain!
Mark Twain: I don’t believe it was necessary to step in and control the Philippines. Rebellions and war were the outcome of stepping in. How did that work out?
Theodore Roosevelt: Well in the instance of the great Panama Canal I would say that I played a pretty huge role in the creation of it and its entirety!
Mark Twain: Don’t get ahead of yourself Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt: Why? I did an amazing thing for America! We needed a way to get around South America quicker. A canal through Panama was the perfect answer for us!
Mark Twain: But you decided we needed to step into Panama’s business to take a true imperialistic based action.
Theodore Roosevelt: Yes…?
Mark Twain: You decided to take support in the Panamanian’s rebellion against the Columbians by dispatching our United States Navy warships to the waters off of the land of
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