Jacob A. Riis (18491914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.
wealth remember that he has no right to pillage a corporate treasury.
From the Presidents Message, January, 1904: Every man must be guaranteed his liberty and his right to do as he likes with his property or his labor, so long as he does not infringe the rights of others. No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any mans permission when we require him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right, not asked as a favor.
ON IMMIGRATION: We cannot have too much immigration of the right kind, and we should have none at all of the wrong kind. The need is to devise some system by which undesirable immigrants shall be kept out entirely, while desirable immigrants are properly distributed throughout the country.
ON BRIBERY: There can be no crime more serious than bribery. Other offences violate one law, while corruption strikes at the foundation of all law. The stain lies in toleration, not in correction.