The View From 1776

Reasons For Abhorring Woodrow Wilson’s Policies

Our drift towards socialistic statism began with Teddy Roosevelt in 1901.  The drift became a full-sail run under Woodrow Wilson in 1913.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/24 at 05:45 PM
  1. Wow! Who knew that George Bush's favorite president, "TR", was such a statist socialist!

    With all those closet liberals inhabiting the ranks of past presidents, it would be instructive, Thomas, for you to give us your view on which past presidents were exemplars of good conservative governance.

    Can you give us a few names?
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/25  at  12:06 PM
  2. With regard to TR, obviously you didn't know, Mr. Jay.

    The last president consistently to scrutinize proposed government actions for congruence with the scope and intention of the Constitution was William Howard Taft.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/25  at  05:56 PM
  3. Thank you!

    It is interesting to note that Teddy Roosevelt appointed Taft to be his Secretary of War, to groom him to follow him as president.

    Taft was known for his "Trust Busting" and strengthened the Interstate Commerce Commission, not exactly conservative virtues.

    I suppose his other salient achievements were that he was America's fattest president, was the last president to wear a mustache, and was the only person to have been both president and serve on the Supreme Court.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/27  at  11:30 AM
  4. President Taft was indeed TR's chosen successor.

    But, as president, he refused to continue and to enlarge upon TR's collectivization of political power in Washington. Enraged, TR repudiated his political party and Taft to form his own Bull Moose Party in the 1912 election. That split the vote 3 ways, giving Democrat/Socialist Woodrow Wilson the presidency.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/30  at  03:16 PM
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