What do T Roosevelt and this super intendent have in common?

@xfahctor (14126)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
January 19, 2009 10:41am CST
What do Teddy Roosevelt and Superintendent Kevin Bright have in common? Not much. "The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else." ~Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star", 149 May 7, 1918 "The district", he said, "expects students and staff to show respect for President-elect Obama and the incoming administration, as well as President Bush and the outgoing administration, and recognize that while the election is a competitive process, our nation's greatness is displayed when all sides come together for a united country." "We're attempting to take a more proactive approach now and, first of all, celebrate the passing of power in our country and at the same time also celebrate this historic inauguration and the election of our first African-American president," ~Superintendent Kevin Bright http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2009/01/15/pjm011509inaugletter.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=16
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• United States
19 Jan 09
So does showing respect for the incoming adminstration mean they have to blindly follow him and believe everything he does and says is correct? If so that is breed mindless servants...not free thinking americans.