In the 19th century, there were many problems faced in the society such as economic depression, corruption in businesses, and labor crisis . Added to these problems, the legalized segregation, and racial violence wherein local law enforcements never exercise their responsibility intended for the issues in the society. Both Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were frontrunners in the presidential election in 1912 with progressive philosophies, attitudes, and theories.
A Republic means nothing unless there is triumph of a real democracy. The triumph of a popular government, and economic system with guaranteed opportunity to every person. The success is great when the nation used the party for its definite purpose with no doubt to seek democracy. In many things, there is greatness in life; it is incomparable to material aspects, wealth, knowledge, and diverse energy created by men. The nation is stirred by solemn passion, wrong knowledge, lost ideals, debauched government, and evil instruments. The American system of today is traced in significant ways to its possible results that placed Woodrow Wilson in the White House after a battle of sophisticated rhetorical view .
This sophisticated rhetorical battle clarified Wilson’s vision for American democracy and shaped his devised policies toward achievement. Woodrow as a great admirer of literary brought him great success in the American presidency as the most powerful position in a powerful nation. Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most cheerful presidents that were appreciated by Rudyard Kipling, a writer. Kipling on his report said that, "I curled up in the seat opposite to him, and I listened and wondered, until the universe seemed to be spinning around me, and Theodore was the spinner" . Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson were progressives; they believed firmly that they could change the society for the better and even to the state of its perfection.
In 1912, Progressive Party was an American political party, formed by President Theodore Roosevelt, later was known as the Bull Moose Party after Roosevelt quoted that he felt like a bull moose. His nomination was agreed by a group of Republicans who were dissatisfied with President William Howard Taft re-nomination. The campaign was passionate for all the souls of Americans that promotes ambitious programs in the political, economic, and social reforms, the New Nationalism. The Progressive platforms called for the election of woman suffrage, United States Senators, tariff reduction, and some social reforms in the society. In addition, the platform includes the Square Deal concept of Roosevelt based on fair competition in the business and welfare of the entire needy citizens of America. This nationalism posed deep challenges to the government constitutionally. The progressive supporters provoked extraordinary debates that pertains the future. Roosevelt was focused to the party with his utmost dedications to Pure Democracy. His pledge to the people of America that Americans are masters of their constitution; however, it provoked controversies.
As a Democrat, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was elected as the 28th President of the United States of America from 1913-1921, and guided the country through the World War 1. For the presidency in 1912, the Democratic Party nominated Wilson with his running mate Thomas Marshall as vice president, and defeated Champs Clark. One of the objectives during his presidency was the regulation of big businesses in the market in local and international. His New Freedom program, the all-democratic Congress passed easily. Later, the established Federal Reserve System and the Federal Trade Commission supported the finance and banking. It happened that one of the people who opposed against him was Roosevelt.
One of the events during Wilson’s presidency was the Underwood Tariff that reduced its rates from 41 percent to 27 percent, respectively. After the tariff followed the creation of the first federal income tax stated in the 16th Amendment. He was an advocate for small businesses and the farmers in particular. He remained neutral during the World War 1; however, in 1917, the Congress made a declaration of war. Wilson received an award of Noble Peace Prize that attempted world peace solidification. His famous slogan was “He kept us out of war. An organization of nations enforced peace as a significant point, and started the League of Nations.
Both Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have surprising similar objectives when they served as presidents of the United States of America, welfare to all citizens. Though they differed in some principles in terms of public service, they made sure that no one was left unnoticed. Both were linked with this label that, Theodore Roosevelt as a warrior, while Woodrow Wilson as a priest, however, they lived with common political ideas.
In terms of domestic politics, Theodore Roosevelt took the offensive way against the powerful corporate trust, passed laws to ensure the safety of all Americans, placed millions of acres of land with federal protection, and preserved the resources of America.
In addition, he assisted laborers to obtain fair shares. Woodrow Wilson was a reformer when he entered the White House. Even he happened to made disagreements on some points on Roosevelt’s leadership; he admired the aggressive style of leadership that championed some causes. Wilson led the charge to lower tariffs, regulated banking, strengthened the government monopolies, and established the National Park Service, respectively. Both presidents have performed to its highest level of leadership to the citizens of the United States of America, as legends.
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