Theodore Roosevelt '80, delivered the regular lecture in Government 1 yesterday morning. In his discourse he took up two or three general necessities of all successful government.
In the first place the politician of today must be practical. Academic learning, while it is an advantage, can never accomplish anything in itself. Secondly, in judging public servants citizens should remember that if they agree with a man on nine points, and disagree on one, they should support him, rather than vote for a colorless nonentity, without any record whatever. Mr. Roosevelt next advised his audience to read the history of the mistakes, as well as of the successes of our government, so that they will be able to help prevent their recurrence.
Mr. Roosevelt closed his address by giving a short resume of the conceptions of our government. Before it was founded no one dreamed that federalism could be applied to a growing country. Up to that time colonies had been either wholly independent or wholly subservient to the mother country. Our system has worked admirably, but since the interests of the country have become so complicated, faults have cropped out. A rift has grown up between the spheres of action of the national and state governments, and this neutral ground is now a field of refuge for all the men of great fortune who wish to work without supervision.
In dealing with such questions hair-splitting technicalities must be neglected and popular rights must be guarded, regardless of national rights, or states rights.