Teddy Roosevelt on the importance of criticizing the President

Something to respond back to people who complain about

criticism of Bush as being unpatriotic.

“The President is merely the most important among a large

number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed

exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct

or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering

loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a

whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there

should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and

this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he

does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other

attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To

announce that there must be no criticism of the President,

or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is

not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable

to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be

spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more

important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about

him than about any one else.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas Leavitt