In all this chaos, President Wilson sent 6,000 troops as part of an Allied invasion of the Soviet Union. The disastrous episode was to restore the Czar to power to protect foreign investments. The Allies withdrew in a few months. Although some Democrats wanted Hoover for the 1920 Presidential nomination, realistically he had no chance. Hoover was simply too far to the Left for either party.
Theodore Roosevelt was likely Republican nominee in 1920 but he died the previous year. Contrary to popular legend, Roosevelt to me was a war monger and his contributions to trust busting and conservation were overrated. The Republicans met in Chicago and chose a Dark Horse for their nomination. If the GOP went on a manhunt for mediocrity, they could not have done a better job. Senator Warren Harding-affable, handsome, lazy and lame brained-was their choice for President. For Vice President stood Calvin Coolidge, another limited intellect almost completely devoid of human feeling.
The Democrats in San Francisco also chose a man from Ohio-Governor James M. Cox. Franklin D. Roosevelt, age 39, was his running mate. Cox promised to continue in the tradition of Woodrow Wilson. With the Democrats so reactionary, I would have voted for the Harding-Coolidge ticket merely for a change. The Republicans deserved to win based on Democratic failures. Warren Harding, with only 29 months in office, had a scandal ridden administration.
Nevertheless, I prefer that to a Democratic administration that torpedoes civil liberties. The record of the Woodrow Wilson with regard to basic rights stated in the constitution is a frightening chapter in our history. Americans have reason to be grateful to President Harding for three reasons. Over the objections of the Right Wing in his party, Harding picked Charles Evans Hughes for Secretary of State and Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce. Harding, for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, chose Former President William Howard Taft. Taft was Chief Justice for nine years until his retirement in 1930.
Woodrow Wilson, on leaving office, moved into a home on 2430 S Street in Washington. He spent the last three years of his life there battling health problems. A few doors up, Herbert Hoover lived at 2320 S Street during his 8 years as Secretrary Of Commerce. Hoover’s progressive ideas angered Wilson so much that the two men never spoke to each other. Wilson’s house is now a museum. Hoover’s one time home is the Embassy of Mynamar.