"The world must be made safe for democracy."
Woodrow Wilson
(1856-1924) 28th US President
April 2, 1917, before a joint session of Congress to seek a Declaration of War against Germany
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(-: Why? Democracy would only destroy the safe world.;-)
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Wilson could not have foreseen what a farce it would become.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    A bad joke in every respect.
     -- jim k, austin     
    Not a great quote or construction but I believe true none the less. Freedom of expession like we have on this site which to me is one of the hallmarks of democracy cannot exist in an insecure, violent, dictatorial world.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Waffler...Hitler was "voted" into power.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The 'world' 'must' be 'made safe' for democracy? Wilson is speaking for the 'world' now? How will it be 'made safe'? The average college student would be surprised that anyone would have trouble with this statement, but it is a declaration of war against self-determination and the rights of mankind. This arrogant statement has been used ever since to justify the fascist policies that have followed. Wilson is also responsible for signing the Federal Reserve Act thus preparing the USA for complete and perpetual debt. THAT is what they want to make the world safe for, not democracy, but safe for the banksters to steal the world in the name of 'democracy'. Freedom of speech -- in fact any natural born right -- is not the product of democracy. In fact, with a democracy, any and all 'rights' are subject to vote. With democracy, the government assumes it may restrict speech (e.g. Fariness Doctrine) if there are enough votes in Congress to pass it. Do not count on democracy to make the world safe for anyone except those that count the ballots in their favor.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    The world must be kept safe from "democracy".
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
    How vain...
     -- rbesrq     
    President Wilson had it right! The Nay sayers here are most likely representative of "some other view point" than one of Freedom and Greatness.
     -- Ray Spencer, Covington, GA     
    Ray, maybe you haven't noticed...it doesn't matter who you vote for, Democracy is a complete and total sham. We elect one expanding dictatorial government after another and wonder where our Liberties are going...
    You want Freedom? Abolish the Federal Reserve money lenders...and Restore the Constitutional Republic. Ray there is no guarantee of freedom and liberty under our present "Democracy" The fact that we have no say whatsoever in the making of laws, handed down from on high, should give you a clue what "Democracy" is doing to us.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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