I just got back from my vacation trip to
The park system was invented by past President Theodore (Teddy) Yellowstone National Park Roosevelt. His image and his name are everywhere in the
park. I spent several days in a small cabin my wife and I rented in a place
called Roosevelt Lodge Cabins.
Teddy did some fine things, such as supporting unions against assaults by their corporate masters. He was interested in land and wildlife conservation. That is why he developed the park system with the idea that wild animals in the
could be protected
from extinction. He liked to hunt and wanted to make sure such animals were
available to future generations. US
On the negative side
Roosevelt was a hard core
imperialist and war monger. While president he chose to colonize
the Philippines and crush an independence movement led by Emilio
Aguinaldo. He supported the Spanish-American
War in .
It was during that war that he put together an imperialist private army of
mercenaries that he called the Rough Riders. Cuba
A lot of places are named after the Rough Riders as if they were heroes. My cabin was in an area called the Rough Riders. At a small general store they have a giant stuffed teddy bear dressed to look like a Rough Rider. He has glasses to look like
Roosevelt and his hat has "Junior Rough Rider"
on it. It looks very cute (see picture below). But this glorification of the
Rough Riders is deceptive. The Rough Riders were probably an illegal regiment
considering they had no legal authorization to exist. Their purpose was to
violate the rights of the Cuban people to develop their own independence
movement. The goal was
colonization of that island. They were a sloppy and murderous gang of
adventurers. There was nothing heroic about them. They were a bunch of imperialist
bandits who wanted to fight off the Spanish, but not to liberate US or to free
its people. They wanted to enslave Cuba 's people. They wanted to turn
the Island into a piece of Cuba
Roosevelt was probably one of the
most pro-war presidents in history. He liked war and treated it as if it were
the same thing as a hunting trip. For him it was a chance for adventure and opportunity.
War is bloody, brutal and cruel and yet US Roosevelt
treated it as simply a good career move.
I enjoyed a wonderful vacation at a park that was a great idea by a really bloody and evil president. It is a tragedy that a president could have such good accomplishments and yet have such evil designs as well.
Cam, stands next to a giant cuddly Rough Rider teddy bear. Imperialism and murder made cute.