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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

 

When home ties are loosened; when men and women cease to regard a worthy family life, with all its duties fully performed, and all its responsibilities lived up to, as the life best worth living; then evil days for the commonwealth are at hand. There are regions in our land, and classes of our population, where the birth rate has sunk below the death rate. Surely it should need no demonstration to show that wilful sterility is, from the standpoint of the nation, from the standpoint of the human race, the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement; a sin which is the more dreadful exactly in proportion as the men and women guilty thereof are in other respects, in character, and bodily and mental powers, those whom for the sake of the state it would be well to see the fathers and mothers of many healthy children, well brought up in homes made happy by their presence. No man, no woman, can shirk the primary duties of life, whether for love of ease and pleasure, or for any other cause, and retain his or her self-respect.

Theodore Roosevelt, Sixth Annual Message (State of the Union) to Congress (1906)

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

5 Comments

  1. Seems to me the degeneration theory is alive and well. Saint JP II rang the alarm from the watchtower over and over again. The war on the family.

    The new head of the family…the State.

    God help us.

  2. It is interesting to recall that Augustus’s pro-natalist legislation, particularly the lex Papia Poppæa, a law which curtailed the rights of the single (cœlebs) and the childless (orbi) to inherit or receive a legacy, was repealed by Constantine and his successors under pressure from Christians, who set a high value on virginity and widowhood.

  3. “It is interesting to recall that Augustus’s pro-natalist legislation,”

    Which was a flat failure. Augustus sought to preserve the Roman senate families that he knew and his legislation had no discernable impact on their flight into historical oblivion.

  4. The state may own the public schools and the municipal buildings, but the parents are the parents of the students and the citizens are the citizens of the people, people who constitute the state from the very first moment of existence. The state cannot own the family because the family owns the state. And likewise the state cannot own the person because the person owns the state.

  5. The Japanese ambassador’s aside, “Likee Speech?” has me still laughing. Somewhere, memory tells me I’ve heard that before. May I add another TR quotation? “It’s not having been in the dark house that matters but having come out”.

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