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Letter: Americans paid dearly for Wilson’s mistakes

Americans paid dearly for Wilson’s mistakes

History can easily validate a false past. When Woodrow Wilson ran for a second term for president, his campaign slogan was, “He kept us out of war.” Seeing as how the great majority of Americans vigorously opposed any involvement in the European carnage, there really was no need for him to keep us out. Wilson’s duplicity was that “he” himself really wanted war. His manic hubris had convinced him that as America’s leader he would be able to direct the peace. So, under the guise of worthless propaganda, i.e., Freedom of the Seas, Wilson pushed hard for war. With the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918, he silenced dissent.

What was the cost of Wilson’s presidency? The progressive movement in America was crippled. The year-and-a-half of combat on the entrenched, poisoned and cratered battlefields of France and Belgium left over 115,000 American men dead. Then the Allied Powers (France and England) shut Wilson out of the peace process.

Wilson died a martyr for his cause, trying to convince the populace of the righteousness of the war. In this he failed. America refused to enter into the League of Nations. Worse, Wilson’s interjection into the Great War left an unresolved state of affairs in Europe. And in 15 years, the world would see a much greater evil explode from the smoldering embers of World War I.

Such is history.

Michael Tenhagen

West Seneca

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