Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who Is The Proggiest Of Them All?

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    Progressivism is the ideology of pushing the country forward into better governmental and social conditions, and no other president fit the criteria of a progressive leader better than Theodore Roosevelt, considering he became the role model for all progressives and even created a political party around the ideology. William Taft, who was next in line in the presidential timeline was also seen as a progressive leader. Unfortunately he just wasn't cut out to fit that mold, and compromised on legislature to the point where he lost progressive interest and the interest of Roosevelt. Roosevelt's interest then turned to Woodrow Wilson, who was absolutely a progressive leader, seeing as he was ...view middle of the document...

    Next we have president William Taft, who out of these three political leaders, is considered the least Progressive. Of course he was truly the "trustbuster"- stopping more than both the other candidates, and he passed the 17th amendment, which helped bring the people of America closer to the democratic process;but the amount he compromised in the Payne Aldrin Tariff Act didn't appease to the Progressives of the time. Add the fact that Roosevelt, Taft's wife Nellie, and his father Alfonso all pushed him to pursue a career in the executive branch of government, rather than the judicial which was where he felt most comfortable, and it's clear that he really wasn't cut out to be this progressive leader that Roosevelt and the rest of the country pinned him to be.
    President Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated on March 4th, 1913. His achievements as president include being the first president to address Congress personally since 1800, enacted the 17th amendment, created the Federal Reserve System under the Federal Reserve Act, established the Federal Trade Commission, signed the Clayton anti-Trust Act, continued Roosevelt's addition of National Parks, and introduced income taxes to America. Wilson was also a supporter of women's suffrage- but more than likely just to get the votes- since during this time women were kept in the safe bubble that was their husband's houses; and was also a supporter of prohibition, which was a very progressive way of thinking since prohibition was designed as a way for government to protect the people.
    While Roosevelt was the idol figure in...

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