We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
During that David Mamet interview with Peter Robinson, Mamet commented that he was reading Masks in a Pageant by William Allen White The book deals with US politics between 1880 to 1920, from Grover Cleveland to Woodrow Wilson taking each president in turn and describing his background and what motivated him. Pretty fascinating to see our present politics in nascent form as the country, after the War against Northern Aggression had ended and the economy began to shift from agrarian to industrialization. Things have not changed much. Social Security was presaged by the pensions for Northern veterans; Democrats were then as they are now, wanting easy money at low cost and supporting silver backed currency when the Republicans wanted the gold standard. Tariffs to protect favored business were popular; the westward expansion was full bore and business was booming until...during the Harrison administration, the boom went bust. I'm just entering the Teddy Roosevelt era so I'm not yet to 1909, the date of your quote. The book was published in 1928; I got lucky and found a copy in the local Erskine College library