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Wilson loses to Harding

06 November 2020

November 5th, 1920.

MR [WARREN] HARDING, the Republican candidate, has been elected President of the United States by an unprecedented majority. It was a victory long foreseen. Mr [Woodrow] Wilson had wrecked the chances of his party for a long time to come. His determination to act alone, to use to the full all the ample powers which are given to the President by the constitution of the United States, aroused the opposition of every American who sees in personal dominance, whether royal or presidential, the antithesis of the American political idea. His refusal to take Republican leaders into his counsel during a period of grave national danger was a mistake which Americans were not likely to forgive. In Mr Wilson’s fall was involved the party for which he stood, and the prospect of American co-operation in the League of Nations which was his idea. Not that America declines altogether, as a result of the presidential election, to take any further part in world politics, she must henceforth be concerned in them. But her participation will not be on the lines which Mr Wilson laid down. For the rest, a Republican victory may be, as many have foretold, the return of the party of materialistic ideas. But among those who, under the Republican regime, will naturally attain office, there are not a few of high ideals and proved altruism, who may roll away the reproach of their party.

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