Conrad Black: What would Woodrow Wilson say?

Jon Wexford ‏@JONWEXFORD 21h

Conrad Black, you’ve gotta be smoking crack with Rob Ford if you think Woodrow Wilson was a great US president. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/01/04/conrad-black-what-would-woodrow-wilson-say/

National Post | Full Comment

Woodrow Wilson is widely disparaged as an ineffectual dreamer. But as A. Scott Berg’s newly published biography of the 28th President of the United States (excerpted recently on these pages) makes clear, Wilson was in fact an exceptional leader. He founded the Federal Reserve, enacted the Clayton Antitrust Act, reduced tariffs, and tried admirably to veto the lunacy of Prohibition. He is rivaled only by Thomas Jefferson, and perhaps John Quincy Adams, as the greatest intellect ever to occupy the White House. He composed his own speeches and delivered them ex tempore — often with overpowering eloquence.

More important, Wilson was the greatest prophet of the Twentieth Century, in many ways surpassing and even presaging Gandhi and Mandela: He was the first person to inspire the masses of the world with the vision of enduring peace, and of the acceptance and imposition of international law and of postcolonial institutions…

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