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2016 Candidates Should Evoke Teddy Roosevelt

By Monday, 07 March 2016 03:38 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The snow is coming down on a winter day in Jackson Hole. It is a day that brings to mind thoughts about the quality of life. A great atmosphere filled with beauty and serenity can do wonders for a person's soul.

It can bring about a real appreciation for the peacefulness that can be found in special places where nature has been protected and preserved. As you look at the Grand Tetons, perhaps from a cabin or cottage, you realize what spending some time in nature can do for a person's outlook on life.

Maybe you have noticed that the local people of the Jackson Hole area all seem so nice when you talk to them; they seem so genuinely happy, perhaps because of the place they call home. Teddy Roosevelt understood the value of the Great West.

It had a great impact on him and then on the country as well.

I think of President Theodore Roosevelt more than ever now — for his message of populous politics seems to resonate in the 21st Century.

Many say that the 2016 election is like no other election, and that the candidates’ messages are fresh and new. Some of that is true, but when you combine the messages of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, you will see some of Teddy Roosevelt in their role model.

If you are mad at the government and feeling like you have been let down by elected officials, and if you now want someone to do something about it, then Teddy Roosevelt would be a good model for your candidate.

President Roosevelt was a reach-out-to-the-public type of candidate and President.

He believed in the promise of America, but was one of the first to see the America not only in the 20th Century, but also well beyond that. He was the definition of a great leader. His charisma was evident and his persona was larger than life. Democrats who value the history of their party look to Franklin Delano Roosevelt as their patron saint.

FDR had a role model — it was Teddy Roosevelt.

Many members of the Republican Party pay homage to the memory of Ronald Reagan, while many Presidential historians see Teddy Roosevelt as the foundation for "Morning in America."

2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.

As visitors travel though Grand Teton National Park, they should be grateful to Teddy Roosevelt, for he is the Godfather of the National Park concept.

As an unprecedented number of voters go to the polls in their primary states, they should also respect Teddy Roosevelt for his role in advocating for change in Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the positive effects that the aesthetics of Jackson Hole and the Great West could have on one’s “quality of life” were on Teddy Roosevelt's mind when he campaigned for office.

As President, he wanted to give every American their own sense of freedom, their own calling, and the ability to be the best person that they could be.

Teddy Roosevelt’s lasting impression may be his ability as an "outsider" to affect the "inside" workings of government.

This should be on the minds of voters in 2016.

Rick Bava founded and was CEO of the Bava Group, which became the premier communications consulting firm serving the Fortune 500 community. Bava became known for his popular blog columns “Rick Bava on the Baby Boomer Generation.” He is the author of "In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.


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He wanted to give every American their own sense of freedom, their calling; the ability to be the best person they could be. Teddy Roosevelt’s lasting impression may be as an outsider to affect the workings of government. This should be on the minds of voters in 2016.
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