Teddy Roosevelt’s First Speech

On January 24th, 1882 Teddy Roosevelt gave his first speech, at the New York State Assembly Chamber, and said:

As things are today in New York there are two branches of Jeffersonian Democrats…Neither of these alone can carry the State against the Republicans…I do not think they can fairly expect us to join with either section. This is purely a struggle between themselves, and it should be allowed to continue as long as they please. We have no interest in helping one section against the other; combined they have the majority and let them make all they can of it!

That aptly describes national politics in the United States today!

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