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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:44 PM

Republicans get history wrong by naming anti-Green New Deal caucus after Teddy Roosevelt

Republicans get history wrong by naming anti-Green New Deal caucus after Teddy Roosevelt

Roosevelt was an environmentalist and Big Oil trust-buster far closer in spirit to Ocasio-Cortez than to any modern GOP leader.

JOE ROMM at Think Progress

https://thinkprogress.org/republicans-green-new-deal-roosevelt-f9f7aa08ab70/

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But the hypocrisy of the effort to rebrand Republicans as environmentalists is underscored by the brazen choice to name this joint House and Senate caucus after Teddy Roosevelt — a Republican president far closer in both words and deeds to modern Democratic environmentalists than any senior GOP member of Congress.

While President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are almost entirely in the pocket of fossil fuel and other industries, Roosevelt was a trust-buster who famously fought monopolies like Standard Oil, the world’s largest oil company, founded by John D. Rockefeller.

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The February 27 letter Graham and Gardner sent inviting members to join the caucus says its goal is to “counteract centralized big government solutions” with “market-based approaches.” This appears to be a reference to the Green New Deal, which is an ambitious effort to address the climate crisis and generate millions of high-wage jobs, modeled after the New Deal and U.S. mobilization during World War II.

But, again, Teddy Roosevelt was the quintessential big-government president. The conservative Heritage Foundation’s biography of Roosevelt concludes, “As President, he pushed executive powers to new limits, arguing that the rise of industrial capitalism had rendered limited government obsolete.”


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:46 PM

1. SERIOUSLY wrong about history!

Will Dems take issue with this, LOUDLY?

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:52 PM

2. Call it propaganda... It's a deliberate rewriting of history

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Response to zaj (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 05:54 PM

3. The pattern of being wrong is trivial, the pattern of propaganda is nation ending...

We have to frame it for what it is.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 06:45 PM

4. Teddy was a progressive.....Bull Moose party and all that.

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