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Take Teddy Roosevelt Off Mount Rushmore While You Are At It

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The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove a statue of Theodore Roosevelt that stands in a park across from the museum entrance. According to NBC News the statue “has long been considered a symbol of racism.”

NBC further reported that the museum said removing the 80-year-old bronze statue, which sits in a public park across from the museum and depicts Roosevelt on horseback with Native American and African figures on either side of him, would serve as "a symbol of progress."

"The statue has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside, and many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist," the museum said.

It said its request was prompted by the killing of George Floyd on May 25 and the demonstrations protesting racism that have followed.

Never mind that one could just as easily interpret the Native American and African figures as guiding or supporting Roosevelt, elite opinion has determined that Teddy must come off his pedestal.

Predictably, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he supports removing the statue. "The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior," he said in a statement.

De Blasio said it was "the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue."

Theodore Roosevelt's great-grandson, Theodore Roosevelt IV, issued a statement saying he supports removing the equestrian statue from the American Museum of Natural History because it doesn't properly depict his ancestor's legacy. Roosevelt's great-grandson agreed that the composition of the statue was problematic and said in a statement that it did "not reflect Theodore Roosevelt's legacy." "The world does not need statues, relics of another age, that reflect neither the values of the person they intend to honor nor the values of equality and justice," he said. "It is time to move the statue and move forward."

Given Mr. Roosevelt’s observation that the statue does not properly reflect his ancestor’s legacy one might fairly enquire what, exactly, is the original Theodore Roosevelt’s “legacy”?

Would it be America’s ongoing entanglement in the complex ethnic and geopolitical affairs of the Western Pacific region that arose out of our fighting and winning the Spanish – American War and extending America’s “manifest destiny” to the Philippines, Japan and China?

Certainly, that is part of Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy.

Would it be Roosevelt’s ideas that wealth can't accumulate without regulation and that government has a role to play in regulating the economy and evening the playing field for the rich and the poor? Those are ideas that Gary Gerstle, a professor of American history at the University of Cambridge, said set the terms for much of the politics of the 20th century.

Or perhaps, as CHQ Chairman Richard A Viguerie observed in his book TAKEOVER, Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy was splitting the Republican Party along lines that still influence our politics today.

As Mr. Viguerie wrote:

It’s a cinch that you are going to lose a fight—let alone a war—that you don’t even know you are in, but for the past one hundred odd years, the grassroots conservative voters of the Republican party have been under regular attack by the very people they elected to run their Party—the establishment leadership of the GOP.

In 1912, at the Republican party convention in Chicago, former Republican president Teddy Roosevelt sought to hijack the Republican Party as the vehicle to advance his “progressive” philosophy. Roosevelt initially ran for the Republican nomination but failed— the convention endorsed incumbent President William Howard Taft for reelection—so TR created his own Progressive Party, also known as the Bull Moose Party, and ran anyway.

Roosevelt’s egotistical third-party run split the Republican vote and ensured that he and the GOP’s candidate, William Howard Taft, lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who garnered less than 42 percent of the vote. Wilson turned out to be one of our most disastrous presidents, and the damage Teddy Roosevelt did to the Republican Party and brand was severe.

How is it possible that Teddy Roosevelt could be a bad guy? His face is on Mount Rushmore, for crying out loud!

Here’s the damage Teddy Roosevelt did that still haunts the Republican Party to this day.

At the grassroots level, the Republican Party’s strength has always been found among solidly conservative voters who opposed the kind of Big Government favored by the Democratic Party.

These conservative voters looked to the Declaration of Independence for their inspiration and to the Constitution, and the lean federal establishment it envisioned, for the kind of government they wanted.

Progressivism, or Big Government Republicanism, gained legitimacy through the cult of personality surrounding Teddy Roosevelt, and it became the governing philosophy of the establishment Republican leadership.

Suddenly, no one was sure what Republicans stood for, and the war to decide that question began.

Like all historical figures, Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy is complex, but if his own descendants won’t defend the first President to invite an African-American to dine as a guest at the White House, far be it from us to take on the woke social justice warrior mob to defend the legacy of the egotist who split the Republican Party and set the stage for the election of Democrat Woodrow Wilson. Wilson, one of the most virulent racists to ever sully American politics, showed filmmaker W.D. Griffith’s racist epic “The Birth of a Nation” at the White House, stood for Jim Crow, and segregated the federal workforce and the military. With a legacy like that, maybe we should take Teddy Roosevelt off Mount Rushmore while we’re at it.

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Remove Roosevelt from Rushmore

Makes me think of the movie Mars Attacks where the Martians use lasers to recarve Mt. Rushmore into Martian leaders. How long before they try to recarve the whole mountain?

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These statues have been around longer than we have been alive. It is wrong and shameful to remove them. They represent history good or bad that is our history. The changing of products are just as shameful. These people put their heart and soul into their achievements and now selfish people want to take that away from them. Doing this crazy crap is dividing races even more. What next rewrite our history, look the Egyptians had slaves and if not mistaken even back in the time of Jesus there were people enslaved. Are we going to change everything history, religion of the past. It is completely wrong to ignore thegood and bad of history. I have always been told history repeats itself we learn from history not to do the same bad things over, but if it is gone and this generation is dead who will teach the new generations to come? Are they to read only what a few people wants to leave behind, if this is true we are a bunch of pitiful people. May God please bless us, I truely believe that the end of life is coming and we are bringing it fast.