Sunday, July 9, 2006

Theodore Roosevelt

I have always been an admirer of Theodore Roosevelt. A man of great passions. TR altered the course of Philippine history by actively setting-up Commodore George Dewey to destroy the Spanish Armada in 1898 and he was instrumental in the subsequent deployment for the first time of American troops offshore to the Philippines.

TR reminds us not to default on our political responsibilities by staying in the sidelines. If you have anything good to contribute then by all means step inside the arena. I don't want to continue to listen to all those chronic complainers and whiners who refuse to leave their comfort zones because if they are not willing to face these politicians whom they perceive as clowns then it would be best if they simply kept quiet. We deserve our leaders. TR said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat

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