Of Teddy, John And Donald

The other day I ran across a quote from the last great Republican president. In my mind I coupled that with a lesson from one of my best political teachers. Together they provide a compass for the immediate past president, unfortunately he isn’t following either of them.


The following is attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, “No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.”

The late John Maloney, (and I never called him anything other than Mr. Maloney either to his face or behind his back), relayed a story about taking his kids to a park when they were young. As they played, they picked up some temporarily abandoned toys that belonged to other children. He told them, “There are two kinds of things in this world; yours and other people’s.” His children immediately put the toys back where they found them. (I’d add a third: things that we share in common, like the park itself.)

Donald Trump has made a habit of breaking the law. In his arrogance he all but tells us that he feels he is above it.

Donald Trump really seems to feel that once he touched something it was his. He feels – and has convinced many of his temporarily useful idiots – that any documents he touched while president are his personal property.

I could go on but I think I’ve already made my point. Trump could have learned a lot from the last great Republican president or my late teacher John Maloney. I’m sure he never met Mr. Maloney and he’d have to read to learn from Teddy.

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