Sunday, July 27, 2008

"Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe."

After writing my post about Batman and Teddy Roosevelt yesterday, I spent some time today looking up more information about Teddy's career as a reformer and crime fighter. There is a lot of course.

One quote in particular stands out. Teddy wrote, "Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe." That seems a pretty apt description of Batman. However, I do not think President Roosevelt was a member of the lunatic fringe despite what the hardcore Republicans thought of his Progressive movement. The quote is from Roosevelt, Theodore (1913). Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography.

This quote indicates that Teddy recognized that sometimes people with the best of intentions can go farther than they should. I wonder what he would have thought of Batman?

1 comment:

Scott said...

IMHO, Teddy Roosevelt was the smartest president of the 20th century. He was the most realistic and the most down to earth. I think this has to do with his real-life experiences that belies his privileged up bringing. From his time in the Badlands to the death of his first wife and mother on the same day, TR was more grounded than any president since the founding of the nation.

I am a big fan of the Edmund Morris books The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt and Theodore Rex. This covers Roosevelt through his presidency and Morris is supposed to write a third book covering his post presidency years. I hope he does it soon. The first book was great, the second was just very good. I hope Morris can bring his post presidency to life like he did for his pre-presidency years.