This Passage from Teddy Roosevelt Proves Why Trump is Unfit to be President

Believe it or not, the Republican Party was actually once led by great individuals who stood for some amazing things. After all, this is the party that was once represented by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower, among others.

Unfortunately, the Republican Party we see today is not the same party that those men once led. Hell, it’s not really even the “party of Ronald Reagan” anymore. Unless you believe that a president who raised taxes during six of his eight years in office; signed an amnesty bill giving illegal immigrants citizenship; passed a ban on automatic weapons; and supported the assault weapons ban signed by Bill Clinton would get elected by today’s Republican standards.

Whether many will admit it or not, today’s GOP is the party of Donald Trump.

This is a man who was called a fraud, a con man, a pathological liar and a cancer to conservatism by many of the people who support him today. While infighting is common during a primary, the insults Trump’s fellow Republicans used to describe him went far behind the typical political attacks. These were deeply personal jabs people like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Rick Perry took at Donald Trump.

Well, while doing some research, I found a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that perfectly demonstrates how far the GOP has fallen from the days when it was a party actually led by great people:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

Amazing, isn’t it?

The GOP has gone from a president who called it the duty of the American people to question and criticize a president when he does wrong — to Donald Trump. A man who whines whenever one of his many lies are debunked, lashes out at anyone and everyone who criticizes him, and is supported by people who seem perfectly fine with him praising a foreign enemy who ordered a cyber attack against this country.

We’re now dealing with a Republican Party that doesn’t care about truth, facts or reality. The only thing the majority of these people seem to care about is winning — even if that means getting help and defending a foreign government that cyber attacked us, led by a man who hates us.

While there are many examples I could use to showcase how far the GOP has fallen from the days when it was a party I could have respected, these words from Teddy Roosevelt are a perfect example of exactly that.

Roosevelt’s words from almost a hundred years ago show us why Donald Trump is unfit to be this nation’s president today. He’s a pathological liar who attacks the media, goes after those who criticize him, and seems to believe that the job of the press is to serve as nothing but a propaganda arm to his administration.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • knight4444

    Lmfao. Party of Lincoln?? They haven’t been the party of Lincoln, since Lincoln was assassinated!!! If these. Morons would actually study their own political party, they’d realize the GOP has been anything but equal opportunity for all!! Since 1968, the GOP has been a terrorist organization bent if selling off America to gut it!!! GOP? Party of Lincoln? That’s rich!!

    • Fred an Older Gent

      You are ABSOLUTY correct.
      All states have altered history taught in schools to appease their citizens. Some have distorted history or cut back more than teaching history without POLITICAL ramifications to their youngsters. Now History & Geography have become extinct. We used to have classes called CIVICS that taught grade school students how the different levels and branches of government worked and what their major purposes are. All gone now in some locals to the detriment of all. Schools now teach to the lowest denominator of their classes rather than have one student repeat a year, as we did. Bye Bye American Dream.

      • knight4444

        You said that better than I did, lol. America has become a joke! Republicans need misinformation to feed their cult of idiot’s! And what’s the result?? President elect trump!! God help us!!!!!

      • Carolyn Webb

        God isn’t going to help us. Thanks to ALL of the Post-Reagan Re-THUG-Licans who paved the way for TRUMP and his brown shirted THUGS to seize power, the USA is now the TITANIC and only the filthy rich have life boats.

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      • Fruttel1

        I’m afraid God thinks we’re beyond help, and regarding the mess we made I can’t blame Him. 🙁
        We’ll have to help ourselves. (legally)

      • Carolyn Webb

        I think it’s now TOO LATE to stop not only TRUMP but the WHOLE REPUBLICAN FASCIST PARTY from turning America into the same nightmare Germany was in 1933-1945

      • Fruttel1

        My thought exactly, and I’m só scared. (further more, ‘he who must not be named’ doesn’t come alone: he has 2 sons, one daughter and one son in law tagging along. PLUS in his administration are a LOOOOT of rich folks, and money is also a strong asset.)

      • Brian

        You mean take America up from a downward spiral and turn it into an economic powerhouse with an extremely high standard of living and less Jews? Sounds great.

      • Carolyn Webb

        It will be a powerhouse for the people when we have less of YOUR kind FASCIST

      • Paul Julian Gould

        This particular Jewish, and honorably served Army veteran, will offer you that you stuff that particular meme where the sun doesn’t shine, asshole.

      • Carolyn Webb

        Mr Gould BRIAN the BIGOT is not simply an ass hole he is a WHOLE ASS

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Obviously… must chafe his willy that there are Jews who served to protect his bigoted ass, along with everyone else’s…

        I get that there are those that love the strange orange bombast whom they’ve just elected… no accounting for taste, of course… but that they choose to add the asinine neo-Nazi bullshit to their commentary… well… that I can’t let stand without comment… Just sayin’…

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Oh, and although I appreciate the respect, Mr. Gould was my beloved late Pop, Julian S. Gould, esq.

        I’m Paul… just sayin’… *gentle smile*

      • Paul Julian Gould

        Although, should you happen to run across some music under the name of “The Dave Peterson Project,” that’s me, as well… long story for another time… *grin*

      • hcanaan

        Brian – Shove it up your gutless, ignorant a$$. Whatsammatta, somebody steal your lunch money when you was a wittle boy? Or did you study “Porta Potty engineering” in school?

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    • FD Brian

      when I refer to the parties during the civil war I usually refer to them as conservative and liberal. republicans were liberal back then, choosing federal law over states rights, using federal dollars for expansion and many other things the conservatives in the south opposed. When you say that, people will understand with better accuracy.

  • Carolyn Webb

    Compared to Donald Trump Richard Nixon was a saint

    • knight4444

      Lol I was telling my friend just that yesterday!! Nixon was mentally ill but trump makes him look sane!! I’m moving to the Philippines in April!! I’m done with this country!! Trump was the last straw!!! The USA has officially become a fascist state!!!! Enough already!!!

      • Carolyn Webb

        The phillipines is also ruled by a dictator. I think the Scandinavian countries are probably the only real democracies left in this world but they can’t take in many immigrants. That is why Climate change is the only friend we have. At least extreme climate change will LEVEL the playing field.

      • knight4444

        Yss, you are so right! Daute is a psycho sick maniac!!! But I’m going to keep low profile and enjoy life. I’ve given the USA over forty years of my life to get its act together!! Trump election told me everything I need to know! BTW. The democratic party is damn near worthless too!! Bernie was cheated!!!! Hillary was damaged goods!! The democratic party is a weak pathetic joke!!! They only give lips service to minorities and the poor!! And thats why many dems stayed home! The progressive wing needs to take charge! Because trump has the Nazi party behind him now!!!!!

      • Carolyn Webb

        Back in 2008 I joined the democrat campaign to try to get Both President Obama and a democrat house and senate majority elected so we could take our country back from 12 bad years of REAGAN and BUSH 41 plus 8 bad years of BUSH 43. I joined phone banks and bus trips to battleground states knocking on doors and getting people registered to vote. We won big in 2008 and I thought we had the chance to undo the damage of the FIRST fascist REAGAN. He looked friendly on the surface but he hated poor people which is why he destroyed unions and American manufacturing jobs and he gave the huge tax breaks to the rich and encouraged them to ship jobs to third world countries. Both Bushes continued his horrible trickle down economic policies and we also got dragged into the costly unjust IRAQ war.

        But our victory and president Obama’s chance to get a grip on the country was quickly destroyed!

        Because, in 2009 the damn GOP unleashed its army of TEA PARTY foot soldiers who destroyed president Obama’s town hall meetings on healthcare reform all over the USA

        I BEGGED the Democratic Party to FIGHT BACK immediately against the vicious Tea Party attacks reminding them that despite the great wins we got in 2008 the GOP still had most of the wealth in the USA thanks to the tax breaks from REAGAN and they also OWNED the Supreme Court and with those two weapons they WOULD destroy our progressive movement if not fought back against.

        All I ever got in response from the DNCC was a single e-mail telling me that the Tea PARTIERS were only a nasty but HARMLESS little bunch of crackpots who would go away if we “good democrats” just IGNORED them! WRONG

        Bullies do not back down unless their victims fight
        Back and thanks to the COWARDLY “Democrats” the republican bullies became EMBOLDENED to do even more damage such as spreading around lies about Obamacare claiming it had death panels on it!

        And they used their Supreme Court majority to ram citizens United down our throats as well as destroying the heart and soul of the Civil Rights Movement, they DESTROYED the 1964 voter protection act!

        Time and again I begged the democrats to fight back and they just kept on being COWARDLY! That is why every time they asked me for donations, especially after their disgraceful LOSSES of both house and senate and most state governor seats in the 2010 and 2014 elections I started and kept on REFUSING to give them even a penny because of their COWARDICE and I told them so.

        They LOST both the house and senate and MOST state governor seats because progressive voters, their base just HATES COWARDS who do not fight back when attacked by republican BULLIES and will NOT come out on Election Day to vote for COWARDS!

        The loss of the senate was a disaster for every single democratic PERSON in the country because it allowed Mitch McConnell, a
        Man who is just as spiteful and malicious as TRUMP to DESTROY President Obama’s constitutional right to have his nominated man a decent fair minded
        Judge (MERRICK GARLAND) given a fair hearing and nomination to the SCOTUS!

        Now that TRUMP has seized power the Supreme Court WILL be stacked with religious fanatics who WILL DESTROY both Roe vs Wade and Planned Paernthood!
        Women will be forced to rely on COAT HANGER ABORTIONS for birth control!

        And last but not least, the democrats failed to realize that in today’s post-REAGAN republican world the playing field between democrats and republicans is NOT fair and level.

        A republican candidate can EASILY WIN ALL kinds of elections even if he is totally unpopular, despicable and guilty of all kinds of criminal offenses.

        But if a democrat candidate has even the slightest bit of unpopularity, not enough Charisma and even the slightest ghost of a scandal he or she will be full blown DEMONIZED and CRUCIFIED by the
        Right Wing SMEAR machine!

        Even if Hillary had no email scandal the republicans would have still full blown BUTCHERED her just because she once pinched an apple from a fruit and vegetable stand when she was ten years old!

        She also made the horrible mistake of Complacency!

        NO STATE in this country is a SAFE STATE for democrats anymore! Taking Anythong for granted is fatal for democrats!

        Remember back in 2010 when a stupid candidate (MARTHA COAKLEY) was nominated to run for the Massachusetts senate seat left vacant when Ted Kennedy died? STUPID MARTHA assumed that Massachusetts was a safe place for democrats and thought she could easily win with no effort!

        That is why republican SCOTT BROWN cannibalized her on Election Day! The lad of that Massachusetts senate seat was a huge stab in the heart for the whole democrat party and the wound is still bleeding!

        Hillary made that sane STUPID MARTHA COAKLEY blunder by shamefully FAILING to make any decent efforts to CAMPAIGN in
        Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Pennsylvania!

        In today’s climate NOTHING is safe for democrats anymore!

        Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders unlike Hillary were aware of that fact and either one of them would have done a decent campaigning job in ALL of those rust belt states!

        Well, now it is TOO LATE to stop
        Both TRUMP and the whole damned Republican Party from turning America into the same nightmare GERMANY was in 1933-1945

      • knight4444

        Carolyn, that was the best post I’ve ever read on this site!!!! Bravo! You are so right on everything!! I’ve been following politics since 1976 and I considered myself a democrat up until 2010! Obama promised change! OK but the bar was so damn low, you couldn’t go anywhere but up! Bush Jr. Was beyond incompetent!!! I guess all that cocaine finally caught up with him!! Anyway, I expect the GOP to do their fascist themes! But the dems don’t even fight back!!!!! They’re a disgrace to any true liberal!! My theory is, back in the late 1970s the democratic party decided to abandon the unions and go corporate!! That’s why dEMS get all that wall street money!!!!! I sick of this game!! The dems are basically republicans of the 1950s!!!!! Dems are bought off too! Its not just the GOP! The democratic party was going to push Hilary down our throats at all cost!!!! Just ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz!!! This is bullshit!! The democratic party doesn’t give a damn about the poor!! The middle class!! They represent the top 10% and screw everybody else!! Bad strategy!! Now the dumbass dems think they lost because they didn’t bow down to white working class voters!!! No!! They didn’t listen to their base!! We wanted Sanders!!! But the dems elites want Clinton!!! Well, how did that work out Dana Brazil???? The democratic party better wake the fuck up!!! The third parties are going to get angry dems like me on their side!!!!

      • Carolyn Webb

        I keep telling them not to expect to get one stinking penny in donations from me unless they start bucking their ideas up and stop allowing the damn re-THUG-Lucas’s to stomp all over them! I never give donations to COWARDS.

        I am glad that at least a couple of people on this thread can see the FASCISM in the Re-PIG-Lican party as well as I can! And can also see the way the once great Democratic Party has been decimated ever since the time of REAGAN.

      • knight4444

        Excellent post!!

      • Carolyn Webb

        Voting third party will NOT help. In fact a third party vote is a vote for TRUMP and others like him because it divides the opposition. The progressive real democrats should have gotten organized and put pressure on the Democratic Party to nominate Sanders or Biden. And if that failed at least they could have gotten organized and put pressure on not just Hillary but The WHOLE Democratic Party to become more progressive and stop caving in to the right wing!

        They could have kept up the pressure on them just like the TEA PARTY THUGS put horrible pressure and KEPT UP the pressure on the right wing side to do their bidding!

        But their failure to get organized like they did in the days of the civil rictus movement and failure to Keep up the pressure to not just win but KEEP their winnings, by refusing to cave in to people who want voter suppression, destroying women’s rights and equal opportunities and Christo-fascist religion taught in public schools instead of real science and shipping American jobs overseas, is what paved the way for the REAGANS, BUSHES and TRUMPS and their BROWN SHIRTED THUGS to hijack this country and KEEP it hijacked!

        But like I said it is now TOO LATE to stop the whole re-THUG-Lican party from turning America into the same nightmare GERMANY was in 1933-1945

      • strayaway

        As you know, Assange produced evidence that the DNC used its resources to promote Hillary over Sanders. My take on Obama is that he had a subservient relationship with the 1%’s dark government. He provided trade deals and immigration policies they wanted to provide profitable cheap labor and he conducted or tried to war against small nations that were in the way. In return, Obama was allowed to push through some of his social agenda that was either compatible with (eg immigration) or did not impede the aims and goals of dark government (eg the (un)ACA). Under Obama, and with the hope of a Hillary presidency, neocons started migrating en masse from the Republican to the Democratic Party. Just as the Republican Party was once the liberal party under Lincoln and reversed itself, it is possible that some polarities are again changing. This might be a false hope because Republicans were the peace party in the 1920’s and 1930’s after the hawkish Teddy Roosevelt and became the hawkish party again after Nixon. Good luck in the Philippines. That sounds like a risky choice. Americans might not be appreciated there in Duterte’s regime

      • knight4444

        Thank you, you’re right, the Philippines could be risky for Americans now but I’m afro american, I’ll fit in reasonably well. They’ll probably think I’m a ex sports star and just take pics lol. That’s what happened when I was there in 2010. BTW yes the democratic party has a major split!! They have a choice!! Either keep moving right and lose all their base!!!! Or go back to the FDR style of dem!!! The democratic party is in bad shape!! The Clinton corporate style isn’t going to cut it!!!! You want proof? Trump beat us!!! Thats as low as it gets!!! We let a god damn Nazi beat us!!! Wait a minute, a 7 time bankrupt idiot Nazi beat us!!!

      • Raimo Roukala

        I’m a Scandinavian living in the Philippines, so this thread caught my attention. Furthermore I appreciated your excellent post on contemporary US politics. Very informative!
        I was living in the US during the Reagan years and I do agree that the US downward spiral began under Reagan. For (at least) two reasons. He destroyed the American middle class and he opened Pandoras box by abolishing the Fairness Doctrine. The resulting “news” channels like Fox offered “alternative” explanations and scape goats so people lost sight of the real issues. So congratulations, you are now the least informed, but the most entertained nation on the planet.
        I sincerely wish you find your bearings soon as a nation. For the time being you don’t seem to get many things right.

      • Luci Smith

        Moved to Denmark from Texas 40 years ago and enjoy living in a democratic society: with high taxes and Universal Health Care. It is essentially a society where everyone contributes – for the common good – what I was raised to believe by my Jewish mother in Highland Park.

    • sonnyboy1

      Also, compared to Hillary Clinton, Nixon was a saint. We sure had 2 beauts to choose from, didn’t we? NOT!

  • Bill Druley

    All they want is to line their own pockets they don’t care about the American people they just want to get more rich and make everyone poorer

    • Carolyn Webb

      You hit the nail on the head

  • Brian

    After your fanatical support of Clinton, I’m not surprised you don’t see how ironic this is, coming from you. The next eight years are gonna be deliciously bitter.

    • knight4444

      Do you have a point?

  • puzzled1

    I’m noticing that a lot of progressives aren’t graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost.

    In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump.

    Some of you are apparently “triggered” because you are posting how “sick” you feel about the results.

    How did this happen you ask?


    “US” – by Paul Genova

    You created “us” – when you attacked our freedom of speech.

    You created “us” – when you attacked our right to bear arms.

    You created “us” – when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

    You created “us” -when you constantly referred to us as racists.

    You created “us” – when you constantly called us xenophobic.

    You created “us” – when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

    You created “us” – when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

    You created “us” – when you lied and said we could keep our insurance plans and our doctors.

    You created “us” – when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

    You created “us” – when you attacked our flag.

    You created “us” – when you took God out of our schools.

    You created “us” – when you confused women’s rights with feminism.

    You created “us” – when you began to
    emasculate men.

    You created “us” – when you decided to
    make our children soft.

    You created “us” – When you decided to rewrite
    school history books and remove the truth about our founders

    You created “us” – when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

    You created “us” – when you attacked our way of life.

    You created “us” – when you decided to let our government get out of control.

    “You” created “us” – the silent majority.

    You created “us” – when you began murdering innocent law enforcement officers.

    You created “us” – when you took a knee,
    or stayed seated or didn’t remove your hat during our National Anthem.

    And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke

    And we did it with ballots, not bullets.

    With ballots, not riots.

    With ballots, not looting.

    With ballots, not blocking traffic.

    With ballots, not fires, except the one you started
    inside of “us”.

    “YOU” created “US”.

    It really is just that simple.

    • Carolyn Webb

      Why should we? When President Obama won twice fair and square YOU CHRISTO-FASCISTS did not graciously accept it? And besides that, the idea of graciously accepting a sub human SCUM BAG like TRUMP is beneath the dignity of every single decent human being in this world, not just the USA!

      We Will NEVER graciously accept TRASH! And we also reject all you CHRISTO-FASCISTS who wish to ram your horrible TALIBAN style religion down our throats!

      You CHRISTO-FASCIST extremists are just as horrible as the Islamic Fascist Extremists who destroyed the World Trade Center!

  • sonnyboy1

    As Teddy Roosevelt put it; In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, birthplace or origin. BUT, this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American..There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

  • Brian

    wtf i hate trump now :^)

  • lilbear68

    lol and the dems were led by the klan

  • Wendy Davies

    I’d like to make a correction to a moment if I may. The Republican Party supports the Rich and Greedy. Not all wealthy people jump onto that wagon train.

  • Jim Mitchell

    Started with Lee Atwater’s southern strategy for Nixon after the Dems supported civil rights under JFK and Johnson. No resemblance to Lincoln, TR and Ike. What an absolute shame.