1916 Election: Peace With Honor

Illustrated History of the US
Illustrated History of the US

One hundred years ago, incumbent President Woodrow Wilson used newfangled machines on wheels to get his message of peace across to the common man (not woman, of course; they were still unable to vote). While Europe had already entered WWI,  Wilson remained popular with his campaign slogan “He kept us out of war.” He defeated Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes, the Republican candidate, by a narrow margin. And then he sent our boys off to war the very next April.

You can’t always stay neutral, folks.

 

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12 comments

  1. In some ways that reminds me of Goldwater and Johnson in 1964. Goldwater was the “hawk” and LBJ the “dove”. What happened was people voted for the dove and got the hawk. Reality is one tough SOB.

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  2. I don’t get politics but I still vote, the best I can, Kerbey! Today’s recent polls leave me puzzled! If we were going to vote for a tv personality, I would have picked Ted Danson from Cheers! Or maybe Norm! LOL

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  3. The more things change the more they stay the same? Politics seems an ugly business all around. And I’m an optimist! You find the best pictures, Kerbey 🙂 Never know what we’ll find here.

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  4. Cool pic.
    /soapbox on/
    Wilson was a progressive who campaigned as a conservative, then re-segregated Washington D.C., created farm subsidies, and greatly increased the power of the federal government.
    He sent the U.S. into WWI due pressure resulting from the intercept of the Zimmerman Letter – The Kaiser urged Mexico to attack the U.S. to keep us busy and out of Europe. The Treaty of Versailles was lauded, but was ultimately worthless as Germany was allowed to re-arm for WWII.
    /soapbox off/
    😀

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