Saturday, July 31, 2010

For Those Who Would Change the Wind

Woodrow Wilson
1856 - 1924


28th President of the United States of America

"There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to criticize the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Wilson criticized the diffuseness of government power in the US in the book Congressional Government. In this work he confessed, “I cannot imagine power as a thing negative and not positive.” His love and worship of power was a prime characteristic of fascism. “If any trait bubbles up in all one reads about Wilson it is this: he loved, craved, and in a sense glorified power,” writes historian Walter McDougall.
“No doubt a lot of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual, and a great deal that was mere sentiment and pleasing speculation has been put forward as fundamental principle,” wrote Wilson, attacking the very individual rights that have made America great.

He rejected the principles of “separation of powers” and “checks and balances” that are the foundation of American government: “Government does now whatever experience permits or the times demand….” wrote Wilson in The State.

No fan of democracy or constitutional government, he wrote the following in Constitutional Government in the United States: “The President is at liberty, both in law and conscience, to be as big a man as he can. His capacity will set the limit….” Sounds like a devotee of the imperial presidency. He was a prototype for the current President

Gerald Britt said...

Imagine that! You forgot to mention that he served TWO TERMS as POTUS!

Anonymous said...

He also was the biggest bigot on planet earth, sitting back what civil rights had been gained up until that time.

Gerald Britt said...

Actually, he wasn't the 'biggest bigot' on planet earth. He was a southerner with the prejudices of his time. It's not an excuse, its just what was. Theodore Roosevelt didn't do all he could for Civil Rights either.

You really do need to read more than the Cliff Notes version of history to be able to understand some peoples contributions.

Again, I'm beginning to understand why some people want to post anonymously...

Anonymous said...

Woodrow Wilson was no fan of democracy or constitutional government. He wrote the following: “The President is at liberty, both in law and conscience, to be as big a man as he can. His capacity will set the limit….” Sounds like a devotee of the imperial presidency. He was a prototype for the current President

In a disturbing 1890 essay entitled Leaders of Men, Wilson said that a “true leader” uses the masses of people like “tools.” He writes, “The competent leader of men cares little for the internal niceties of other people’s characters: he cares much–everything–for the external uses to which they may be put…. He supplies the power; others supply only the materials upon which that power operates…. It is the power which dictates, dominates; the materials yield. Men are as clay in the hands of the consummate leader.” So much for the dignity of each person!

Gerald Britt said...

Ok, so lets see, Wilson wrote something when he was 34 and you're saying that he held ALL of the same views when he was elected President when he was 56?!

I'm not sure what your point is supposed to be, unless its that the only people who have ever said anything worthwhile are the people whose lives have totally mirrored your personal ideology. In which case, that's pretty sad...

Anonymous said...

"Ok, so lets see, Wilson wrote something when he was 34 and you're saying that he held ALL of the same views when he was elected President when he was 56?!"

There is a parallel between this statement and your "living Constitution" Let me just put it this way. What Wilson and Britt said and thought yesterday is different today.Therefore there is no intellectual base, no intellectual foundation or intellectual reference point!

" I'm not sure what your point is supposed to be, unless its that the only people who have ever said anything worthwhile are the people whose lives have totally mirrored your personal ideology. In which case, that's pretty sad..."

Overall, my point in offering these thoughts (and others) is to counter in whatever way I can- the crap, your little mush head readers take from your blog. Be happy!