Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trump's a new Teddy Roosevelt. Or so some say.

I've seen some Trump supporters on social media now comparing him to Teddy Roosevelt. Perhaps closer to the truth than might be imagined. I doubt they realize TR was a progressive who founded the Bull Moose Party (officially the Progressive Party of 1912).

This graphic accompanied a pro-Trump
tweet on Twitter

Roosevelt and his Bull Moose split the Republican vote in 1912, allowing progressive Democrat Woodrow Wilson to ascend to power.

The progressive era in the early 20th century delivered constitutional amendments that gave us a  permanent federal income tax, established the Federal Reserve Bank, and diminished state's influence over the federal government by making elections to the U.S. Senate by popular vote.

What changes lie ahead for America if the new progressive era unleashed by President Obama is able to move ahead under a progressive successor, be it a Democrat or a Republican?

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