Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Play Woodrow Wilson as a Good Guy

Or so it appears.

Politico reports:
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is in early talks to produce and star in a biopic about President Woodrow Wilson, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

Warner Bros. is in early negotiations to pick up the rights to Wilson, the just-released biography of the 28th president by A. Scott Berg. Leonardo DiCaprio, who is attached to star as Wilson, will also produce the adaptation with Appian Way's Jennifer Davisson Killoran and Berg.

The book, which hit shelves last week, has received generally positive reviews for its intimate portrait of Wilson, who was elected president in 1912 and guided the nation through World War I.

Berg offers up a heroic, larger-than-life Wilson, emphasizing his progressive achievements like the creation of the Federal Reserve and his crusade in support of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations while downplaying his weak record on civil liberties and civil rights for African Americans.

Wilson was bad on both domestic and foreign issues. In many ways, he was the first neoconservative.

Here's Ralph Raico's take on Wilson:
 The term most frequently applied to Woodrow Wilson nowadays is "idealist." In contrast, the expression "power-hungry" is rarely used. Yet a scholar not unfriendly to him has written of Wilson that "he loved, craved, and in a sense glorified power." Musing on the character of the US government while he was still an academic, Wilson wrote: "I cannot imagine power as a thing negative and not positive." Even before he entered politics, he was fascinated by the power of the presidency and how it could be augmented by meddling in foreign affairs and dominating overseas territories. The war with Spain and the American acquisition of colonies in the Caribbean and across the Pacific were welcomed by Wilson as productive of salutary changes in our federal system. "The plunge into international politics and into the administration of distant dependencies" had already resulted in "the greatly increased power and opportunity for constructive statesmanship given the President."[..]

In large part Wilson's reputation as an idealist is traceable to his incessantly professed love of peace. Yet as soon as he became president, prior to leading the country into the First World War, his actions in Latin America were anything but pacific. Even Arthur S. Link (whom Walter Karp referred to as the keeper of the Wilsonian flame) wrote, of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean: "the years from 1913 to 1921 [Wilson's years in office] witnessed intervention by the State Department and the navy on a scale that had never before been contemplated, even by such alleged imperialists as Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft." The protectorate extended over Nicaragua, the military occupation of the Dominican Republic, the invasion and subjugation of Haiti (which cost the lives of some 2,000 Haitians) were landmarks of Wilson's policy. All was enveloped in the haze of his patented rhetoric of freedom, democracy, and the rights of small nations. The Pan-American Pact which Wilson proposed to our southern neighbors guaranteed the "territorial integrity and political independence" of all the signatories. Considering Wilson's persistent interference in the affairs of Mexico and other Latin states, this was hypocrisy in the grand style.

On the domestic front, during the Wilson presidency the Federal Reserve Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, the Federal Farm Loan Act and an income tax, were all passed and signned by the president.

5 comments:

  1. Wilson a hero? Everyone should piss on that little fucker's grave. One of the worst bastards to ever be president.

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    1. I would rank him as THE worst.

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    2. Amen brothers!!

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    3. Lincoln was the worst, with Wilson in a very close second.

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  2. It's all part of this...listen

    William R. Simonson & The Reality Gap

    Published on Sep 17, 2013
    At present Americans have given their consent to a system that is clearly and firmly working against the best interests of the nation.

    I spent a few days looking at "Obama-care" and from what I can tell it will it will harm many or most of the people that are under the false impression this initiative will be good for them. Ironically, A few major lobby groups representing labor are just seeing this fact now! This kind of policy is simply illustrative of many of the deleterious public policy initiatives that have come before it.

    William R. Simonson & The Reality Gap


    US policy is working against the self-interest of all but few Americans... Listen to congress and you will see how out of tune they are with the concerns of the everyman. Listen to the every man too and you will be confronted by even more delusion. When you don't have an overview and most of the information that comes your way is a blatant lie what do you expect? Reason cannot emerge from a foundation based on lies. Lies allow people the comfort that our society and our economy will sustain itself indefinitely.

    So here we have it;

    Not only do Americans fail to realize their future prospects but the idea of finding truth is horrific an abhorrent prospect.

    The question we have to ask is where we are going, not where we are...
    We have seen some transitions

    A nation that once Encouraged consumerism
    Found that consumerism is not sustainable
    So now consumers are fully shifted to digital entertainment
    When the American Dream cannot be funded
    Have your society as borrow as much as possible

    When the stress cracks start to show
    Change the laws to selective interest

    Control the information flow
    Eventually
    Collect all Information about your citizenry

    These symptoms mask Layers of delusion...

    Yet, There are good reasons why there are many layers of delusion in place.

    http://youtu.be/Le_3UjUVNoU

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