'Ol Teddy always said to speak softly and carry a big stick. How can I do this in my country?
On a national stage it means use tactful diplomacy backed with the subtle threat of military force.
On a personal level, it means be nice but always be ready to fight, and fight hard, if you have to.
Not the best moral ideals, but not the worst either.
This is another similar quote, he's a gold mine of good quotes.
Based TR should be quoted often I recommend the 3 part TR biography by Edmund Morris.
>even close to the Bull Moose party
TR hated Dems with a passion, even though he loved his family dearly he was extremely hesitant to give FDR his blessing because he was running Democrat. TR believed in trust busting but he would have hated the idea of state dependency which is half of what Sanders advocates.