Monthly Archives: June 2014

World War I Planted Seeds for More Wars

A simple explanation of a war few understand in context of today’s politics…

picture-1859World War I was hyped as the war to end war, but it only planted the seeds for more wars. World War II and the U.S. wars in Iraq have roots in World War I. Democratic President Woodrow Wilson ran for a second term in 1916 with the slogan “He kept us out of war” but by 1917 he vowed to enter the European war to “make the world safe for democracy.”

Democracy was in peril on the streets of America during the Wilson administration. A postwar “Red Scare” round-up of political dissidents in America during the Wilson administration was, wrote historian Frederick Lewis Allen, an unprecedented trampling of the U.S. Constitution.

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Campaign 2014: The Republican Anger Machine

picture-1932Four months before the midterm election, it has become apparent the Republican strategy is based upon firing up their base with a barrage of anti-Obama messages. This has driven down the president’s approval ratings and it has made Republican partisans angry and more likely to vote. It’s reminiscent of the hate campaign that caused California Proposition 8 to pass in 2008.

Writing in the Cook Political Report Amy Walter reflected on the bitter partisanship that characterizes the current electorate:

“Among those who are most politically active, 44 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans believe the other party is a ‘threat.’ These are the voters that show-up in low turnout elections and who donate money to congressional candidates. Keeping these voters engaged means keeping their hostility to the other side well fed.”

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