January 8, 2018

Dear Liberty,

     Nine months after Democrat President Woodrow Wilson addressed the United States Congress, calling for them to declare war on Germany, Wilson again stood in front of Congress laying out his plan to end the “War To End All Wars” and establish everlasting peace.  On January 8, 1918, Wilson presented his 14-points to America with high hopes of acceptance and implementation.  It sounded perfect.  But that was the problem.  It was too perfect, laying out the platform for a Progressive Utopian dream.  Yet that’s all it was.  A dream.  

“What we demand in this war, therefore, is nothing peculiar to ourselves. It is that the world be made fit and safe to live in; and particularly that it be made safe for every peace-loving nation which, like our own, wishes to live its own life, determine its own institutions, be assured of justice and fair dealing by the other peoples of the world as against force and selfish aggression.”

     Trying to outline what caused the Great War, Wilson proceeded to spell out fourteen actions all nations should agree on to ensure everlasting peace.  Among these points were solutions that specifically addressed the reasons why America was pulled into the war in the first place.  

     The intercepted Zimmerman Telegram, a note sent from Germany to Mexico in efforts to form an alliance, finally convinced the American people that their entry into the war was required for national security.  (see The Day America’s Neutrality Sank)  On a wider front, the secret Sykes-Picot Agreement between France, England and Russia greatly angered the Arab people upon its revelation.  (see The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back)  Wilson called for the end of such secret treaties to avoid these issues in the future.

     His second point addressed free and open sea travel by all nations outside of established territorial waters.  Germany restarted their “unrestricted submarine warfare” (USW), violating the Sussex Pledge, sinking the American ship Housatonic on February 3, 1917.  This was the beginning of the end of America’s neutrality.  (see The Day America’s Neutrality Sank)

     Other points discussed included leveling the economy between all nations and eliminating trade barriers.  The concept appears fair, however, it actually replaces capitalistic ideas with socialism, hindering a country’s freedom and ability to prosper and compete.  (see Sanger & Eugenics & Socialism, Oh, My)

     In order to preserve peace, Wilson called for the reduction of arms “to the lowest point consistent with domestic safety” for all nations.  Again, another concept that appears reasonable.  Yet all it takes is one tyrant to decide to violate it and all other nations risk being left at his mercy unable to combat his attacks, as the world would soon learn. Furthermore, who really determines what level of arms is the right amount?  The fact that Wilson acknowledges a need of some armory for domestic safety reveals he knows ultimate peace is not reality.  Otherwise, why would you need to guard against a possible threat?

     Wilson proposed the removal of colonial claims, petitioning for sovereignty to be returned to all nations, allowing self-government to be restored.  He specifically addressed Germany’s occupation of Belgium, requiring their evacuation of the state as well as the vacating and freeing of all French territories.  He even promised the “freest opportunity to autonomous development” to Austria-Hungry, whose declaration of war on Serbia following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand resulted in the Great War.  (see The Shot That Changed The World)  This opportunity would also be rewarded to Turkey and the nationalities under its rule. Serbia, along with Romania and Montenegro, would be evacuated and restored, while an independent Polish state would be established.

     Calling for all peace-loving nations to live and let live, Wilson’s proposals seem unselfish and forgiving.  However, it would require organization and management for lasting effect.  His fourteenth and last point, the necessity for “a general association of nations,” promised the implementation of his intended peace and self-governments by virtue of a new overseeing institution.  

     While Germany and the other Central Powers liked his plan, basically because they would not suffer any consequences for the war, the leaders of the Allied Forces were not so impressed.  The war had cost them heavily, not just financially and in physical terrain, but more importantly with the blood of their countrymen.  Regardless, it brought the nations of the Central Powers to the negotiating table.  

     Following the Armistices that generated a cease-fire, leaders began arrangements for the official treaty to end the war.  (see Veterans' Day and A Reluctant Hero)  By the time the mediations began, Wilson’s Allied counterparts contributed greatly in arbitrating the agreement.  David Lloyd-George of Great Britain, Vittorio Orlando of Italy, and Georges Clemenceau of France, did not agree with Wilson’s idea of peace without victory.  Neither did they consent to allowing Germany and the other Central Powers to walk away without consequences.  While Germany entered the talks expecting the Treaty of Versailles to resemble Wilson’s 14 points, the result was far from it.

     To begin with, Germany was forced to admit guilt.  In addition, they lost their colonies and weapons, and had to agree to pay reparations, though only a small portion of the funds were ever collected.

     While Poland was freed, Austria-Hungry was split up instead of restored.  Even though Great Britain sent Lawrence of Arabia to stir up Arab opposition to their government, promising restoration and sovereignty, the secret Sykes-Picot agreement still occurred, splitting Turkey and the Ottoman Empire and distributed them among the Allied Forces. (see The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back)  Not only did England and France not give up any colonies, they actually obtained more areas to oversee.

     The only point Wilson did get was the formation of the League of Nations.  The leading proponent for the organization, Wilson was sure he would receive the needed two-thirds Congressional majority to ratify America’s entry.  However, the Republican led Congress had many reservations.  While Wilson’s stated objective was to spread sovereignty to nations, Republican congressmen believed it was at the sacrifice of our own.  

     President George Washington cautioned America in his farewell address to avoid permanent alliances with foreign nations.  (see Washington’s Liberating Letter)  Many Republicans continued to heed that warning.  Joining the League of Nations would actually be an agreement to give up some of our self-governing authority.  For example, as an entity designed to keep peace, they could strip Congress of its Constitutional right, ability and authority to declare war.  Furthermore, because the League included nations from both the Eastern and Western Hemisphere, it would allow European nations say in Western Hemisphere affairs, therefore violating the Monroe Doctrine.  (see Doctrinally Sound)  

     Wilson refused to compromise with Congress, instead choosing to take his cause to the American people.  However, the American people enjoyed their isolationism, wanting to stay out of the affairs of other countries, as Washington and Monroe advocated.  While on the road touring the country to persuade voters, Wilson suffered from a debilitating stroke.  Despite Wilson’s participation in the Treaty of Versailles, and guidance in forming the League of Nations, the United States Senate failed to enter either.

     As Wilson’s tenure ended, his treasury secretary and son-in-law, William Gibbs McAdoo, dismissed Wilson’s critics claiming he “laid the foundations of world peace and a new order in the Treaty of Versailles,” offering a “matchless contribution to his time.”  Therefore, “whatever may be the imperfections of the Treaty from a political or economic standpoint, Woodrow Wilson did not fail.”

     McAdoo continued, “America will lead the vanguard of humanity and civilization to a new day of human brotherhood and world order.  This will not come immediately, but it will come inevitably in the slow and sure processes of time.”  To conclude, McAdoo proclaimed, “Woodrow Wilson, the man, will die; but Woodrow Wilson, the Apostle of Peace, will live forever.”  However, the southern Republicans, both black and white, that were harassed, tormented, and lynched by the Ku Klux Klan revived by Wilson’s support of the movie The Birth of a Nation, would not consider him an Apostle of Peace.

     Ever since Wilson’s Administration, progressives have been striving for a New World Order.  The League of Nations was the beginning, having some success in thwarting smaller conflicts, but ultimately failing to prevent a second World War.  This was partially due to leaders, such as Neville Chamberlain, grasping for peace while ignoring undeniable evil. British politicians ignored and dismissed Winston Churchill’s warnings about Adolf Hitler, only to beg for his leadership  after their placation of Hitler only allowed him more time to intensify his military strength and atrocities. (see The British Bulldog)

     As the League of Nations disbanded after World War II, the United Nations was assembled to replace it.  With a similar mission, the U.N. supposedly exists to not only keep peace, but to ensure nations remain free and sovereign.  However, the United Nations has grown so big it has taken those freedoms by seizing more control over what countries can and can’t do.  But as with the League, they too often abandon long-term solutions for short-term peace.  They placate dictators and tyrants at the peril of the innocent, believing if they give the aggressor what they want, they will stop their assault on others.

     The U.N. has done some good, like helping spread Braille throughout the world.  (see Blind Leading The Blind)  However, we continue to see secret agreements occurring, usually with little or no repercussions.  Former Democrat President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton entered an agreement with Iran, allowing them to access the materials needed to produce nuclear weapons.  Claiming Iran only needs the uranium for energy purposes, they and the U.N repeatedly ignore Iran’s outright demands for the annihilation of Israel.  Instead, the U.N. continues to call for Israel to reduce their weaponry and missile defenses.

     Claiming to champion human rights, the U.N. has repeatedly ignored genocides within nations because they don’t want to confront the dictatorial leader and cause a conflict.  They advocate humanitarian aid, yet look the other way when warlords confiscate food and other supplies desperately needed by the people and sent by America and other nations.  Sex trafficking has infiltrated every corner of this planet, yet the U.N. seems ambivalent.  Again, the appearance of peace usually trumps any endeavor for real humanity.

     Furthermore, even if sanctions or some other punishment is administered, rarely are there consequences if those sanctions are broken.  Too often the desire for peace outweighs and silences what is in the best interest of the people.  The U.N. is just a paper tiger.  It is like parents who reject punishing their child for throwing rocks at the neighbor’s dog because it might hurt their self-esteem.  However, they curse out the neighbor for trying to hinder their child’s independence and creativity, or worse yet, hurt his feelings.  It’s illogical and absurd and only makes the child worse.  

     Liberty, as wonderful and perfect as Wilson’s 14 points sound, it is a fantasy because we live in a world where Satan is given free reign.  Wilson’s understanding that nations should remain armed ultimately shows he begrudgingly knew that was true. There will always be dictators and tyrants who want to conquer and control.  They’ll accept peace, but on their terms only.  Even ISIS wants peace.  However they believe it is only achieved by either the conversion or eradication of all infidels.  (see Family Feud, COEXIST, and A Crusade For The Truth)  You can’t placate that type of mindset.  Chamberlin tried it with Hitler and 6 million Jews and millions of disabled and handicapped Germans and Polish lost their lives.

     Nevertheless, we can find hope and peace that Wilson’s Utopia will someday exist.  When Jesus returns, all reasons and desires for war and conflict will be eliminated.  He will forever banish sin and evil to eternal damnation, taking believers to the restored Garden of Eden.  (see Fruit Of The Forbidden Tree).  

     That’s my 2 cents.