[This post was mean about Edith Wilson.]

[De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, and all that. Good heavens: the woman died before I was even born.]

[They really should have pried her out of the Oval Office after Wilson’s stroke, though.  That was ridiculous.]


Woodrow Wilson and the ‘Spanish’ flu.

(H/T: RCP) Seriously, Woodrow Wilson was very possibly the single most personally awful President we’ve ever had. And we’ve had some awful people in that job. I was previously unaware of how the ‘Spanish’ flu may have gotten started*:

In 1917, the war to end all wars was well under way. At Camp Funston within the boundaries of Fort Riley, Kansas, sergeants were turning recruits into doughboys. During their training, the soldiers picked up backpacks, rifles, helmets—and a new strain of flu. They carried all these with them as they traveled from the camp to the railroads, the big cities, the ports and, ultimately, overseas. On every step of the way to the trenches in Western Europe, they spread the deadly disease.

When news of the epidemic reached Washington, the White House decided it was a national-security problem. The British and French desperately needed reinforcements to turn the tide of the war; getting our boys over there was far more important than stopping the spread of the flu over here.

The administration insisted on pressing full speed ahead with the deployments. The White House also wanted every factory worker on the job and every red-blooded American to show up at mass rallies to buy more war bonds—all activities that spread the disease more quickly.



Alice Palmer? Yeah, I remember her. I remember the Palmer Raids, too.

I wonder whether we’re going to see the latter at any point: I can’t imagine that President Obama is all that pleased at all those Lefties being stroppy about the NSA.

…Wow.  I wrote that last night, at about 1 AM.  I get really, really cynical when I get too tired…

Moe Lane (more…)


April 11, 1913: the day Woodrow Wilson federalized segregation.

[Expletive deleted]ing Progressives.

One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway mail service; and treasury secretary William G. McAdoo, who would soon become Wilson’s son-in-law, chimed in to signal his support. Wilson followed their lead.

Scratch one of those guys, find a racist; an eugenicist; or both.  Mind you, it’s one of the deeper ironies that American political life that the most Wilsonian* (in terms of outlook and managerial style) President we’ve had since him is technically** the first African-American President of the United States…

Via Instapundit.

Moe Lane

*As you may guess, I don’t mean that as a compliment.  Woodrow Wilson was a fascist so-and-so who nearly did this country a ton of permanent damage.  Or  a ton more.

**To be honest about it, Barack Obama is about as authentically African-American as I am.  The man’s an Ivy League liberal academic, which is about as white-bread as it gets.


“Wilsonian” is not actually a compliment.

The answer to Walter Russel Mead’s question (“Will Obama Lose Michael Moore and Sean Penn?“) is “Probably not” – neither are exactly what you’d call ‘intellectual,’ or, indeed ‘particularly well-educated*’ – but this passage is of interest, at least:

As we’ve said before on this site, President Obama is a New England statist and moralist; brutal and thuggish regimes in Latin America offend him in much the way they offended Woodrow Wilson and Elihu Root. Whatever romantic notions he may have entertained in his youth, he is no sentimental third world socialist who turns left wing wreckers and goons into progressive heroes; he sees them as irritants and nuisances to be ignored if necessary, but swept away if the right opportunity presents.


As we read the tea leaves and the smoke signals in Washington these days, Michael Moore, Sean Penn and Noam Chomsky aren’t going to like Barack Obama’s second term. Neither will Ron Paul.


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