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Progressives do not want to discuss their own history. I want to discuss their history.
posted on 04/17/2013 9:26:53 AM PDT
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Woodrow Wilson was just as deleterious to this country as FDR was.
posted on 04/17/2013 9:50:28 AM PDT
("We'll drink to good health for them that have it coming." Boss Spearman in Open Range)
Wilson was born and came of age in the Victorian Era when male sentimentality was permissible than it had been earlier or was to be later. That was especially true for men in academic institutions. Wilson had similar enthusiasm for the poet Wordsworth, whose cottage he visited.
Bagehot, a pioneering political journalist, was Wilson's hero and the model he took for his early books. Maybe what's interesting here isn't his admiration but that he made it a part of his married life, like the guy who forces his favorite CD or DVD on his girlfriend.
When Wilson was courting Ellen he introduced her to Bagehot's books. Later, when his relationship with Mrs. Peck started, he recommended Bagehot to her as well. I don't know what effect reading Bagehot's essays had on the ladies or if Woodrow tried it out on Edith Galt as well.
posted on 04/17/2013 5:16:49 PM PDT
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