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  • Dinosaur Interplanetary Gazette
    Dec 12, 2000
      Is this a newspaper article or Mr. Yirak's own opinion (or both)?

      Thank you.


      John Yirak wrote:

      Roosevelt talks tough on Scouts
      Published December 10, 2000

      I thought it might make an interesting contrast with current
      to read the words of advice that Teddy Roosevelt gave the Boy Scouts in

      Before I quote his words, which cynics will say are corny, let me remind
      that these words did not come from either a naïve or a wimpy man.
      had known the death of loved ones, the hardship of ranching in the
      the fierce infighting of being a police commissioner of New York City, a

      member of the legislature, a governor, a vice president and a president.

      He had built the Panama Canal, and he had led men in combat and killed
      in personal combat. There is no modern politician I know of whose resume

      comes even close to that of Teddy Roosevelt.

      In a letter to a Scout executive, Roosevelt wrote, "The movement is one
      efficiency and patriotism. It does not try to make soldiers of Boy
      but to make boys who will turn out as men to be fine citizens and who
      if their country needs them, make better soldiers for having been

      "No man is a good citizen unless he so acts as to show that he actually
      the Ten Commandments and translates the Golden Rule into his life
      conduct —
      and I don't mean by this in exceptional cases under spectacular
      circumstances, but I mean applying the Ten Commandments and the Golden
      in the ordinary affairs of every-day life. I hope the Boy Scouts will
      practice truth and square dealing and courage and honesty. The man who
      counts and the boy who counts are the man and boy who steadily endeavor
      build up, to improve, to better living conditions everywhere and all

      "The same qualities that mean success or failure to the nation as a
      mean success or failure in men and boys individually. To be helpless,
      self-indulgent, or wasteful will turn the boy into a mighty poor kind of
      just as the indulgence in such vices by the men of a nation means the
      of a nation. Any boy is worth nothing if he has not got courage, courage
      stand up against the forces of evil and courage to stand up in the right

      path. Let him be unselfish and gentle, as well as strong and brave. It
      should be a matter of pride to him that he is not afraid of anyone and
      he scorns not to be gentle and considerate to everyone, especially to
      who are weaker than he is. If he doesn't treat his mother and sisters
      then he is a poor creature no matter what else he does; just as a man
      doesn't treat his wife well is a poor kind of citizen no matter what his

      other qualities may be. Let the boy remember he must have knowledge, he
      cultivate a sound body and a good mind and train himself so that he can
      with quick decision in any crisis that may arise. Mind, eye, muscle all
      be trained so that the boy can master himself and thereby learn to
      his fate."

      This letter is taken from the very first Boy Scout handbook. It has been

      reprinted by Applewood Books, Bedford, Mass., and shows an organization
      was pretty tough. It contains, for example, instructions about how to
      kill a
      mad dog and how to stop a runaway horse.

      It's hard to imagine a modern president giving the same advice that
      Roosevelt offered. Most recent presidents have more or less fractured
      Ten Commandments, and, of course, Bill Clinton has not treated his wife
      any other woman well. And nowadays there are people attacking the Boy
      rather than encouraging them, because they refuse to compromise on
      and morality. Such is the ruined state of the nation today.
      Copyright © 2000, Orlando Sentinel

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