ROOSEVELT - ROOSEVELT 1. Historical Background -America...

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ROOSEVELT 1.  Historical Background -America began as a pioneering community -pioneering conditions accentuated vices and virtues: energy and  ruthlessness, all the good qualities and all the defects of an intense individualism,  self-reliant, self-centered, far more conscious of its rights than of its duties, and  blind to its own shortcomings -hard materialism of frontier days -harder materialism of industrialism -should look to the influence of the Old World, where there is ancient  wisdom 2. Individual Citizenship -in America, the quality of the individual citizen is supreme -our success or failure depends on how much the average man does first,  his or her duty, and secondly, in situations that require heroic virtue -the average citizen must be a good citizen -so, the standard of the average citizen must be high and the standard of  the leaders must be even higher -leaders should be sympathetic towards “plain people” and should be  devoted to great ideals -leaders should be devoted to lofty ideals and should guard against  becoming cynical Value -should glorify those who work hard with great enthusiasm and devotion -value hard work -“let those who have, keep, let those who have not, strive to attain, a high 
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2008 for the course GOV 312L taught by Professor Madrid during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas.

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