Today’s Quotes: Teddy Roosevelt’s Incredibly Racist Imperial Cruise

“Nineteenth-century democracy needs no more complete vindication for its existence than the fact that it has kept for the white race the best portions of the new world’s surface.”
— President Theodore Roosevelt

“The Imperial Cruise [“The Imperial Cruise A Secret History of Empire and War” by James Bradley] was a trip. I wasn’t taught in my history classes that Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft had inspired the Japanese with visions of superior races having the right to spread their culture and superior values to lesser races. The Japanese took a page out of the U.S.A.’s book when it began expanding into southeast Asia, Manchuria, China, and Korea. Superior people don’t have to keep their word. They have a right to screw lesser peoples out of whatever they feel like taking. We expected Japan [to follow our example] and [took] a good chunk of Asia for ourselves. We had already taken Hawaii, the Philippines, and some other choice lands. After our invasion of Iraq for preemptive reasons (to prevent them from attacking us first), the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor doesn’t seem as cowardly and dastardly as it was portrayed when I was a schoolboy.”
— Bob Carroll, from the Skeptic’s Dictionary Newsletter, Volume 9, Number 8, August 2, 2010.

“The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best and therefore never scrutinize or question.”
— Stephen Jay Gould

“But we must not be fooled into believing that American Fascism consists of a few persons, some crackpots, some mentally perverted, a few criminals These are the lunatic fringes of Fascism, they are also the small fry, the unimportant figureheads, just as Hitler was before the Big Money in Germany decided to set him up in business.”
— George Seldes, “Facts and Facism,” published in 1943.