Woodrow Wilson vs the Senate Essay

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woodrow wilson vs the senate “The Only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”

They say time is a great teacher. How true. History has taught us that peace must be kept at all costs. At the end of World War 1, the common goal between the victorious nations throughout the world was to declare peace. The leading statesmen of these triumphant nations met in Paris to draw up the Treaty of Versailles, which would decide the fate of the central powers. Woodrow Wilson, the American President, created fourteen points as the basis for peace negotiations. Among these fourteen points was the most controversial and yet the most important to President Wilson, the League of Nations.
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Wilson made many mistakes that the senate would use against him. When Wilson left for Europe on board the “George Washington” , he brought with him a peace commission. This peace commission consisted of Colonel House, Robert Lansing, General Tasker H. Bliss, and only one Republican, Henry D. White. The Republicans resented Wilson for only bringing one member of their party to represent them. However, Wilson had a “distrust of coalitions in politics.” The Republicans also felt that White “was not the representative which the Republican Party would themselves had chosen.” Wilson felt that by limiting his opposition in Europe he would have a better chance of attaining peace. However, this choice was the beginning of the opposition Wilson faced from his own country during the peace talks.

Wilson believed he had the support of his own people when he left for Europe. Ironically, Wilson also believed that, “The men, whom we are about to deal with, do not represent their own people.” Yet, it was Lloyd George, the Prime Minister of England, who had just finished an election that would send him to Paris with a very popular mandate. Georges Clemenceau, the leader of France, had also just finished an election in which he won a vote of confidence four to one. However, in November, in the midterm elections, it was shown to the world that America did not support their leader. The election in 1918 resulted in a clear Republican majority for the Senate and
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