Theodore Roosevelt Conservative? Uh, Uh
Jonah Goldberg thinks Teddy Roosevelt got a boost in the Reagan White House because of the first volume of Edmund Morris’ biography. Maybe. After reading the fine book I came to a different conclusion that Ronald Pestritto reaffirmed: TR was no conservative. He was certainly a larger-than-live character. Roosevelt was a prolific writer, sportsman, great politician, a legend of American history, and a bull moose personality. But the philosophy and policies he advocated were much closer to the Big Government of the Left than the conservatism of Reagan, Goldwater, Robert Taft, Grover Cleveland (a Democrat), and the Founding Fathers.
Go ahead and read his books and the biographies about TR, but don’t ingest his political views and claim you’re a conservative.
“Theodore Roosevelt Was No Conservative”