Now we can understand why Senator McCain persists in aggravating his conservative base with his unpopular stance on illegal immigration. Teddy Roosevelt was one of the first to embrace the then popular concept of the "White Man's Burden". When Kipling first published the poem by that name in 1899, TR copied it and sent it to his friends. I'll bet that won't make the race gangsters at La Raza feel good.
A few things that come immediately to mind about Theodore Roosevelt:
- National Parks
- Teddy's "It takes more than bullets to kill a Bull Moose" speech
- The Rough Riders and San Juan Hill
The Bull Moose speech was magnificent; no modern pol except McCain has cojones of that caliber. There weren't any teleprompters then, either.
As a kid, I was always fascinated by the fact that TR rode into battle at San Juan carrying a dozen extra pairs of glasses. What a Mensch. John McCain could have done worse in choosing a role model.