Skip to comments.Conrad Black: What would Woodrow Wilson say?
Posted on 01/05/2014 9:08:24 AM PST by rickmichaels
Woodrow Wilson is widely disparaged as an ineffectual dreamer. But as A. Scott Bergs newly published biography of the 28th President of the United States (excerpted recently on these pages) makes clear, Wilson was in fact an exceptional leader. He founded the Federal Reserve, enacted the Clayton Antitrust Act, reduced tariffs, and tried admirably to veto the lunacy of Prohibition. He is rivaled only by Thomas Jefferson, and perhaps John Quincy Adams, as the greatest intellect ever to occupy the White House. He composed his own speeches and delivered them ex tempore often with overpowering eloquence.
More important, Wilson was the greatest prophet of the Twentieth Century, in many ways surpassing and even presaging Gandhi and Mandela: He was the first person to inspire the masses of the world with the vision of enduring peace, and of the acceptance and imposition of international law and of postcolonial institutions indicative of the equal rights of all nationalities and the common interest of all peoples.
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Felon Black pimping progressive Wilson.
Where’s the barf alert ? Wilson was a monster and begat the modern-day leftist Democrat menace.
Many of the tactics used by the nazis were modeled on Wilsonian progressivism.
...because slacker Obama simply isn’t measuring up as a champion Fabian.
You’ll die laughing at this epic spew.
I was noticing that on the west side of Detroit runs Woodrow Wilson Boulevard. Does anyone not see the irony of having such a street named for one of the greatest anti-Black racists running through almost uniformally Black neighborhoods ?
I guess this author forgot the part about re-segregation of the military by Wilson.
Sorry for the rant, but you gave me a good opportunity to present my opinion. Cheers.
Wilsons policies and those of the league of nations directly contributed to the european strife and culminated in WWII.
Yeah. That whole League of Nations thing worked out real well following the "War to End All Wars". *Sheesh*!
The Federal Reserve, the Income Tax and the 1st World War - what a legacy !
I sent one of the inner city pastors I know in Detroit a copy of “Coolidge” for Christmas along with some select quotes from Coolidge on race, rights, and freedom. He sent me an email the other day to tell me that last Sunday’s sermon came right out of the book.
It was about those who speak of their good deeds endlessly vs those who quietly do good without fanfare and the rewards awaiting both men in eternity.
Then SEVEN MONTHS Later, "WAS AT WAR WITH GERMANY"
Another Proggisive Military Adventure that Got our Boys Killed and us on an International Scene that we didn't need to be on.
From the Civil War to the Spanish American War all the conflict we had was in the West with the Native Tribes.
Then after that you had The Philippines, Nicaragua, Haiti, World War One, etc etc
League of Nations. ‘Nuf said.
The love affair the left has with Wilson amazes me considering how he unilaterally federalized segregation.
"Damn, it's real hot down here."
The first major 'One-World' lunatic to hold the most powerful office in the world.
We are all still suffering the effects of things he did so many decades ago
its just a courtesy warning to fellow freepers who may have just finished lunch
Both Coolidge and Warren Harding are two of the best and most successful individuals to have occupied the White House of the last 150 years (with only Reagan coming close, though even he could not accomplish what they did in cutting spending and the size of government). Harding resolved the recession of Wilson’s in almost record time and unleashed almost unprecedented prosperity for the nation. That was Detroit’s most successful decade and made the city one of our greatest — until those following Wilson’s leftist model and worse perverted it to a nightmare.
We made Peace with Germany and the Other Central Powers and that was it.
At least we did something right because the country took a turn hard right after World War One (Harding and Coolidge)
In 1924, Coolidge responded to a letter that claimed the United States was a “white man’s country”:
....I was amazed to receive such a letter. During the war 500,000 colored men and boys were called up under the draft, not one of whom sought to evade it. [As president, I am] one who feels a responsibility for living up to the traditions and maintaining the principles of the Republican Party. Our Constitution guarantees equal rights to all our citizens, without discrimination on account of race or color. I have taken my oath to support that Constitution....
I’ve sometimes wondered, what kind of a man apologizes for his rants?
Coolidge repeatedly called for anti-lynching laws to be enacted, but most Congressional attempts to pass this legislation were filibustered by Democrats.
Even surpassing His Holiness Mandela! Wow!
Or the civil service.
Wilson was the worst president in US history precisely because he thought he was better and smarter than everyone else. Federal Reserve, Income Tax, decoupling US States from their US Senators (17th Amendment), Prohibition and involving the USA in a war we had no business being involved in and that later led to the emergence of Nazi Germany, all of these things happened on his watch.
With the exception of the repeal of Prohibition decades later, all of Wilson’s ‘visions’ have resulted in taking away freedom and badly damaging our republican form of government.
I’m positive that the paternalistic liberal white people who named that Boulevard were well aware of the irony.
Wilson in Hell
by Robinson Jeffers
Roosevelt died and met Wilson; who said I
blundered into it
Through honest error, and conscience cut me so deep that
In the vain effort to prevent future wars. But you
Blew on the coal-bed, and when it kindled you deliberately
Sabotaged every fire-wall that even the men who denied
My hope had built. You have too much murder on your
hands. I will not
Speak of the lies and connivings. I cannot understand the
That permits us to meet in the same heaven.Or is this
Why does that surprise you? Liberals like keeping people on plantations. They may say they don't but actions speak louder then words
Interestingly, I am currently reading a history of the 1920’s, originally pubished titled “Only Yesterday”, by Frederick Lewis Allen.
This guy pretty much rips on Wilson in a couple of the early chapters..had him pegged as an “idealist”, and essentially ineffective as POTUS.
interesting to gain some insight into a real historical perspective, not done through the filter of post-modernism.
Check it out.
As a reader of many of Black’s columns where he very often has quite a level headed view of matters, this one seems totally out in left field....
No. He is widely disparaged as a dangerous liberal statist, who, if he had been more effective, would had torpedoed the USA.
He was a liberal, statist turd, and it bothers me to see his visage on a dime.
That’s FDR on the dime. Wilson is on the $100,000 bill.
Hahaha...of course you are right. Getting caught up in my irritation.
It is a shame that FDR is even on a dime.
Of course, FDR was the VP nominee in 1920 to carry on the Wilsonian agenda. Curiously, the Democrats wanted to nominate a certain individual for President that year... none other than Herbert Hoover. Hoover opted not to run because he knew the party would be obliterated at the polls (and switched to the GOP instead, where he would unleash his “progressivism” to terrible effect, in stark contrast to the Harding-Coolidge model 8 years later).
As a Nixonian, he pretty much accepted the historical interpretation current in his formative years of Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt as great men. Hence his massive book on FDR and hence this article.
While I disagree with Black about Wilson -- he really does overdo it -- I appreciate that he's bringing a different point of view here that might make people think and reconsider opinions that have become automatic and unthinking lately.
Nowadays it's become as commonplace and automatic to damn Wilson as it once was to praise him, and when that happens, maybe it's a good idea to consider whether we've gone too far.
I am all for that. Stop putting politicians on coins and naming ships after them. I make an exception for George Washington.
Black may not claim to be leftist, but his piece certainly was. I don’t think we’ve gone far enough with damning Wilson. The damage he inflicted (and later followed up by his disciples) has caused enormous damage to our country. If we were to roll back most of our policies to 1913, just before he took office, we’d be better off for it.
That is a handsome coin...
Half-Dollar (currently used on the Silver Dollar)
...actions speak louder then words
I think you meant to say
“actions speak louder THAN words”.
I like those choices...
:pick pick pick:
It is a shame that FDR is even on a dime.
Well, maybe it’s appropriate, as soon we will all be singing that Depression song “Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime?”
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