A Century On and Nothing Has Changed

To continue a theme of uploading dated passages of texts with modern usages, here is an absolute gem from Woodrow Wilson in 1912.

Spoken on the campaign trail over a century ago, these words are, unfortunately, as relevant now as they were then.

“Politics in America is in a case which sadly requires attention. The system set up by our law and our usage doesn’t work,—or at least it can’t be depended on; it is made to work only by a most unreasonable expenditure of labor and pains. The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.”

Though not perfect in his attitudes and policies, Wilson is frequently considered one of the greatest Presidents the country has ever had.

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USA: An Obstacle to World Peace, Not a Threat

A few days ago Worldwide Independent Network and Gallup released the results of a survey that they had recently conducted. It was an annual end of year survey in which residents in over 60 countries were asked a variety of questions. One of these questions was “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?”. For anyone with a sense of humanity and decency the result should not be that shocking, yet the internet is buzzing with stories and articles in relation to the results of this survey. I was not at all surprised to see that the United States of America came top of the list. I expect many people assumed there would be a similar outcome. The results of the poll show that 24% of those surveyed believe that the US are the greatest threat in this world.

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