5. Big Stick

Big Stick

You may have noticed the rather large stick Roosevelt was carrying in the last cartoon. That stick shows up in many cartoons, in fact I could have featured only the cartoons that depicted Roosevelt’s big stick and had hundreds to choose from. Roosevelt was famous for saying, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” I think that saying is the first thing I learned about Roosevelt.

His big stick policies were present in the majority of his political undertakings. He would negotiate peacefully, but threaten force. Panama is a good example of this. If you think about it, the U.S. didn’t actually use any force and the treaty was peacefully negotiated. By now you are probably wondering why this bully is my favorite president. You can’t deny he is fascinating and accomplished a lot, even if at times his actions were questionable. Certainly, he acted like a king at times, and earned his crown that the cartoon shows him wearing.

Regulation of the Railroads