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Such as this quote by Teddy Roosevelt concerning his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, posted now by both Instapundit and Cold Fury (and probably by sundry others by now):

Peace is generally good in itself, but it is never the highest good unless it comes as the handmaid of righteousness; and it becomes a very evil thing if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to further the ends of despotism or anarchy. We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life, but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary . No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him suffer wrong. No nation deserves to exist if it permits itself to lose the stern and virile virtues; and this without regard to whether the loss is due to the growth of a heartless and all-absorbing commercialism, to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality.

“to prolonged indulgence in luxury and soft, effortless ease, or to the deification of a warped and twisted sentimentality”? I strongly suspect TR had access to some sort of time machine and traveled into the furture about a hundred years. Either that, or I now have to admit the existence of clairvoyance.

Really, how often is someone able to so perfectly crystallize the dilemmas that will exist a century in the future in words so much more exacting than even those who actually live in that time would be able to produce?

































































































































































































































































































































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