Monday, March 9, 2009
Roosevelt was a hypocrite?
Today in class we discussed President Theodore Roosevelt and his actions which lead to him being called the first 'environmentalist president'. I found this claim to be a bit ridiculous. Roosevelt, while his domestic policies and actions towards environmental conservation in the United States may have been noble, certainly had no qualms breaking his morals while abroad. He used to take hunting trips to Africa and spend days killing elephants, lions and other big game. He would bring the skin, head and tusks home, and just leave the valuable meat! This is not the behavior of a pure environmentalist. Perhaps he only believed in environmentalism and conservation in the context of the United States? Does anyone else have thoughts on this? Can anyone see parallels with Roosevelt's behavior and that of anyone in the current or past administrations?