Square Deal History
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September 1901 and as the 33rd Governor of New York from 1899 to 1900. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted on Mount Rushmore, alongside those of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.*
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States of America. As Governor of NY and our 26th President Roosevelt presided over a very different time. The dance, music, and social life, everything was different. The politics was no different but their was a decorum and threshing out of ideas and policy positions. During Roosevelt’s era America was in the middle of a transportation revolution with cars, trains and planes. It was truly a different time, as normal as any other time in our young nation’s history but different. Roosevelt introduced Square Deal. Square Deal was Roosevelt’s domestic program. Square Deal was formed on three basic ideas: 1) Conservation of natural resources, 2) Control of corporations, and 3) Consumer protection. These three demands are often referred to as Roosevelt’s Square Deal. That was a long time ago and times did change dramatically.
Square Deal Committee
A Crisis In The Making / Anti Police Climate
The Square Deal Committee was established in December of 2014 due to the assassination of two New York City Police Officers in Brooklyn, NY. Police officers Ramos and Liu were cut down in the line of duty while sitting in their marked NYPD patrol cars.
Candidate for Mayor, Bill de Blasio won his election largely by touting an overly aggressive NYPD. de Blasio tainted the common law right of inquiry used by police officers in stops (Stop, Question, Frisk). de Blasio cruised into office by demeaning the police at every step and every opportunity he had. de Blasio’s rancid rhetoric was infectious in the minority community and successfully turned public opinion against the NYPD and against law enforcement nation-wide. One police shooting after the next was covered by the media and each was exploited and used to point out this charge: “the police are out of control”. The perception that police shootings and murders across the nation climbed as one elected official after the next, in one political party, exploited minority victimization and exasperated an already polarized public. The headlines were devastating, the media printed unverified reports of police shootings and the “War On Cops” began. Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute chronicles this crisis in the making and the anti police climate ushered in under the de Blasio administration. The reality of this anti-police climate was and continues to be that police officers were being murder in cold blood with increasing frequency and police injuries across the nation skyrocketed.
A Call To Action
The development of the Square Deal Committee was not only timely but it was created out of necessity. The assassination of police officers was the call to action and the establishment of “The Support Your Local Police rallies”. Even police officers warrant a Square Deal and so the rallies, marches and demonstrations began in January 2015 during the coldest winter in years. The Square Deal Committee put the call out for Support Your Local Police volunteers and thousands participated. See our photo gallery for rallies in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, The Rockaways and Manhattan. Ramos, Liu, Moore, Holder and Familia all died in the line of duty. Yet from the President of the United States, US Attorney General, NYS Governor Cuomo and to NYC Mayor William de Blasio, all contributed to the vitriolic rhetoric which just a few years earlier many would have thought impossible.
The Public Policy Debate
We have reinvigorated Roosevelt’s notion of Square Deal today because, “everyone wants a Square Deal”. The taxpayer wants a square deal and so does the child/student attending school. Everyone wants a Square Deal; everyone wants to be treated fairly. No community wants programs or policies ushered into their community without proper notification. No school should be so unsafe children and teachers get beat up or worse. No tax should be levied without public debate and referendum. The homeowner wants equity in the taxes they pay and for the basic services government is to deliver. Today our blog will look at public policy and evaluate if we are getting a Square Deal. The Square Deal Committee will examine public policy with decorum and respect. It doesn’t mean we will all agree nor will we be a rubber stamp. We will seek the truth, put it in balance with reality and express our ideas with courtesy, professionalism and respect (C.P.R.). We will allow for robust debate and give life to ideas “suppressed” by progressives and their friends in the media. Our challenge is to keep it civil while we educate and inform. With many years behind us and the wind at our sails we breathe life into the future of the Square Deal Committee, Inc., and look forward to joining all in the public square.
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