Skip to comments.The Hater’s Guide to Woodrow Wilson
Posted on 03/16/2022 2:41:56 PM PDT by george76
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Woodrow Wilson was the first fascist - when people merely called them “progressives.” Many of the notions he represented ended up first with Mussolini, then Franco and especially, Hitler.
He also used the Lusitania to send military grade arms to Europe.
Worst President ever
The Tsar abdicated in March 1917. Wilson asked Congress to declare war the following month, by which point Russia was a democracy.
In fact, one reason Wilson waited until April 1917 was because he couldn't easily claim it was a war to save democracy while the Tsar ruled Russia. Nicholas's abdication presented the opportunity for Wilson's declaration.
Regarding our entry into WW1, to be fair, it was unrestricted U-boat warfare and mainly the Zimmerman telegram; OTT I agree Wilson was not a nice person.
Not sure about that. He wasn’t a good president but he did have a lot of help when it came to screwing things up. He’s the one that started up interventionism and globalism. FDR brought about modern big government and the welfare state. LBJ brought about identity politics. Obama oversaw the further radicalization and dominance of these elements into mainstream society.
Read it all. Great column.
Wilson’s War reveals the horrifying consequences of our twenty-eighth president’s fateful decision to enter the fray in Europe. It led to millions of additional casualties in a war that had ground to a stalemate. And even more disturbing were the long-term consequences—consequences that played out well after Wilson’s death. Powell convincingly demonstrates that America’s armed forces enabled the Allies to win a decisive victory they would not otherwise have won—thus enabling them to impose the draconian surrender terms on Germany that paved the way for Adolf Hitler’s rise to power.
Powell also shows how Wilson’s naiveté and poor strategy allowed the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia. Given a boost by Woodrow Wilson, Lenin embarked on a reign of terror that continued under Joseph Stalin. The result of Wilson’s blunder was seventy years of Soviet Communism, during which time the Communist government murdered some sixty million people.
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Because Britain had a naval blockade against Germany. A true neutral would have told Britain, that we wouldn't ship anything to them and risk our ships while they were blockading Germany.
Great article. Those who don’t know the history of Progressivism put our country at great risk.
While there are several things I take issue with in the article, overall, it’s a great summary.
Arguably the biggest thing Wilson should be known for is his role in introducing America in general and America’s progressives in particular to the concept of centralized planning. Most people believe progressives learned of planning from the USSR. They didn’t.
I’m working on addressing that.
Woodrow Wilson had no qualms about jailing people he disagreed with. His persecution of the Hutterites can attest to that.
The Sedition Act of 1918 curtailed the free speech rights of U.S. citizens during time of war.
Passed on May 16, 1918, as an amendment to Title I of the Espionage Act of 1917, the act provided for further and expanded limitations on speech. Ultimately, its passage came to be viewed as an instance of government overstepping the bounds of First Amendment freedoms.
Sedition Act passed during World War I
President Woodrow Wilson, in conjunction with congressional leaders and the influential newspapers of the era, urged passage of the Sedition Act in the midst of U.S. involvement in World War I. Wilson was concerned about the country’s diminishing morale and looking for a way to clamp down on growing and widespread disapproval of the war and the military draft that had been instituted to fight it.
Targets of Act were typically individuals who opposed the war effort
The provisions of the act prohibited certain types of speech as it related to the war or the military. Under the act, it was illegal to incite disloyalty within the military; use in speech or written form any language that was disloyal to the government, the Constitution, the military, or the flag; advocate strikes on labor production; promote principles that were in violation of the act; or support countries at war with the United States.
The targets of prosecution under the Sedition Act were typically individuals who opposed the war effort, including pacifists, anarchists, and socialists. Violations of the Sedition Act could lead to as much as twenty years in prison and a fine of $10,000. More than two thousand cases were filed by the government under the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918, and of these more than one thousand ended in convictions.
Court upheld Sedition Act convictions against First Amendment challenges
The Supreme Court upheld the convictions of many of the individuals prosecuted. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. established the “clear and present danger” test in Schenck v. United States (1919). In upholding Socialist Charles Schenck’s conviction, Justice Holmes wrote that “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.” The Court also unanimously upheld convictions in Debs v. United States (1919) and Frohwerk v. United States (1919).
In Abrams v. United States (1919), the Court reviewed the conviction under the act of Jacob Abrams, who, along with four other Russian defendants, was prosecuted for printing and distributing leaflets calling for workers to strike in an effort to end military involvement in the Soviet Union. The Court in late 1919 upheld the conviction.
However, in this instance Holmes, along with Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissented from the majority, arguing that the “clear and present danger” test was not met under the circumstances arising in the case. Specifically, Holmes felt that Abrams had not possessed the necessary intent to harm the U.S. war effort. In contrast to his majority opinion in Schenck, Holmes’s dissenting opinion in Abrams urged that political speech be protected under the First Amendment.
The Sedition Act of 1918 was repealed in 1920, although many parts of the original Espionage Act remained in force.
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“Woodrow Wilson was the first fascist - when people merely called them “progressives.”
If I’m not mistaken, Wilson was the one that brought about the term/label “progressive”, and made it a part of “acceptable society” because Fascism/Socialism, etc. wouldn’t fly with the general public. In other words, he put a “happy face” on it.
In 1916, he ran on the slogan, “He Kept Us Out of War.” He again won just a little less than half of the popular vote (49.5 percent), claiming a nail-biter that was decided only when California, which Wilson won by 0.38 percent and which he seemed to be losing when everyone went to bed, finished counting its votes nine days later.
This has an oddly familiar ring to it.
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