The Elections of 1912 and 2016: America Is Not Learning From The Past

We always say do not let history repeat itself, our nation has to know its history to know where it is going or the same mistakes will take place. The 2016 elections is a crystal clear example of not learning from history because the Democratic party made a grave mistake. Recap: the election of 1912 was between 4 men, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, William Taft and Eugene Debs. This election had a choice of 4 strong parties and candidates whose messages were heard and the people had real choices. However, 104 years later any mentioning of a multi-party system or any candidates running against the establishment is not taken seriously, even though the 1912 elections proves America needs more than 2 parties. Sidebar: in the 1912 elections, Theodore Roosevelt came in second place beating the incumbent William Taft. Also, Theodore Roosevelt had more delegates going into the convention….sounds familiar? If our nation is serious about having progress than our democracy needs more representation than the Democrats and Republicans, it is clear this system is no longer working for we the people.

“Sidebar: in the 1912 elections, Theodore Roosevelt came in second place beating the incumbent William Taft. Also, Theodore Roosevelt had more delegates going into the convention….sounds familiar?”

The 1912 elections have striking parallels to the 2016 elections. In both elections, the candidate not part of the establishment resonated with voters, had more support and delegates going into the convention and outraised the establishment candidates. Furthermore, the issues Theodore Roosevelt ran on was minimum wage for women, child labor laws, a national health system, an 8-hour work day, the direct elections of U.S. Senators and a social security system. These are the same issues Bernie Sanders ran on in 2016 and are the issues the establishment ignored, which turned away millions of voters. Sidebar: what took place in the 1912 elections and the 2016 elections, also happened in the 1940 elections with the vice presidential nomination being taken away from Henry Wallace and given to Harry Truman. Not surprisingly, the issues Henry Wallace campaigned on and discussed are the same issues both Theodore Roosevelt and Bernie Sanders campaigned on and resonated with the voters.

“Sidebar: what took place in the 1912 elections and the 2016 elections, also happened in the 1940 elections with the vice presidential nomination being taken away from Henry Wallace and given to Harry Truman.”

Our nation lost great men with solid potential who had a vision and understood the future. The establishment of both parties screwed over our nation by not listening to the people and has cost us to lose progress on the same issues we continue to fight. Because of this, our nation is behind every other industrialized nation who has succeeded with universal health care and higher minimum wage where the people can provide the basic necessities of life for their families. For America to continue to fight about the issues Theodore Roosevelt campaigned on illustrates our nation is not learning from the past.

“America cannot continue to afford to debate the same issues 100 years from now and we cannot have the establishment set our nation back in progress we the people want and need.”

The establishment does not have a vision and does not understand the future, my generation the millennials and the generations after are now fighting these same old issues. The elections of 1912 should be a guide for our electoral process because we the people have been screwed over and it’s upsetting 104 years later the same ongoing issues and concerns of the people are being ignored. America cannot continue to afford to debate the same issues 100 years from now and we cannot have the establishment set our nation back in progress we the people want and need.

“For America to continue to fight about the issues Theodore Roosevelt campaigned on illustrates our nation is not learning from the past.”

Sources:

http://www.claremont.org/crb/article/why-the-election-of-1912-changed-america/

http://www.history.com/news/remembering-the-1912-presidential-election

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showelection.php?year=1912

 


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