Saturday, August 24th, 2019

The idle Burke


In the Friday night debate with Governor Scott Walker, Mary Burke promised Wisconsinites, “a square deal.” It’s good to know that Burke is a fan of Ken Burns and watched “The Roosevelts” with notebook in hand. Or was it another campaign subcontractor about to be fired for the non-attribution?

Perhaps she would be interested in borrowing another idea from Theodore Roosevelt. In The Strenuous Life, Roosevelt wrote:

A man can be freed from the necessity of work only by the fact that he or his fathers before him have worked to good purpose. If the freedom thus purchased is used aright, and the man still does actual work, though of a different kind, whether as a writer or a general, whether in the field of politics or in the field of exploration and adventure, he shows he deserves his good fortune. But if he treats this period of freedom from the need of actual labor as a period, not of preparation, but of mere enjoyment, even though perhaps not of vicious enjoyment, he shows that he is simply a cumberer of the earth’s surface, and he surely unfits himself to hold his own with his fellows if the need to do so should again arise.

I wonder what Roosevelt would have said of Burke’s idleness followed by her pursuit of the governorship?

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