Theodore Roosevelt's Contributions to American Political Thought

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Theodore Roosevelt's Contributions to American Political Thought

Throughout his tenure as a civil servant, Theodore Roosevelt perpetually involved himself in matters of reform. Well read and well traveled, Roosevelt expressed his wide array of political thought out of experience as well as an underlying desire to see the United States establish itself as a world power under the ideals of a democratic republic—a wolf amongst sheep on the world scene. The nation's twenty-sixth president laid the framework for foreign policy as we know it. He pressed reform amongst big business, and rallied for the rights of the laborer. Conservationism as well as environmental protection and preservation became issues at the forefront of Teddy's
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If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. Chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general loosening of the ties of civilized society, may…ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation, and in the Western Hemisphere…may lead the United States…to the exercise of an international police power. (TR "Corollary")
Through his statements, Roosevelt sent a message to the nations of the world that America would not stand to see a society brought to its knees by an oppressive government or foreign adversary, especially within its own hemisphere. However, Teddy also wanted to reassure the nations of the world that the United States was not looking to pick a fight. "While they (neighboring nations) thus obey the primary laws of civilized society they may rest assured that they will be treated by us in a spirit of cordial and helpful sympathy" (TR "Corollary"). Roosevelt reiterated his peace offering on March 4, 1905 in his inaugural address after winning reelection. "No weak nation that acts manfully and justly should ever have cause to

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