Teddy and Good Government

by bauer on October 30, 2019

From Theodore Roosevelt as he moved to establish a professional federal administration to combat the cronyism and self-service in 19th century America:

“The spoils system of making appointments to and removals from office is so wholly and unmixedly evil, is so emphatically un-American, and un-democratic, and is so potent a force for degradation in our public life that it is difficult to believe that any intelligent man of ordinary decency who has looked into the subject can be its advocate.”

Replace “man” with “they” and I think he’s really got something here. Essentially, he ushered in the generations of government professionals working towards realizing Truth, Justice and the American Way. You know. The Deep State. Terrible. Almost as bad as Mount Rushmore.

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