2022From a NEW Member Seeking Help.
- Jul 14, 2008Hi Folks! My name is Patrick Healy. I am 42 years old and work as
an engineer in a refinery. I am also an aspiring unpublished writer -
- which brings me the reason for my membership.
Some years ago, I read a couple of short stories which examined the
Election of 1912 and explored how TR might have won that contest and
its possible impact on the Great War. Prior to this, I had no
special interest in the matter, but, largely as matter of idle
curiosity, thought I would explore it's credibility. That was, for
me at least, an intellectual "tipping point"
A scenario of his election as an independent is not credible, however
much one may wish it otherwise -- but the defeat of Taft in the
primaries and ultimately at the Republican convention is quite
credible. All that is necessary is change the outcomes of a couple
of very close races -- Michigan and Massachusetts.
Having proceeded that far, I became intrigued about how this might
have played out. I did some research of his cousin's "New Deal" and
swiftly concluded it really was not so new -- most of it was drawn
from the Bull Moose platform. Needless to say, it was at this time
that became intrigued with the life and character of TR himself and
did some fairly extensive reading on him.
Many Americans -- like myself until a few years ago -- have tended to
regard TR as a sort of "macho neanderthal". Well, okay, he was a
Rough Rider, a rancher and a hunter -- who also graduated with honors
from Harvard and the Columbia School of Law, wrote 42 books and was
fluent in six languages!
One of his more interesting and less well known college papers
predicted the two world wars as outgrowths of the German power
challenge and stated that this was likely to require large-scale
American military action in Europe! It also contained an ominous
post-script to the effect that Germany and the USA would become
postwar allies against Russia!
The image of TR as an underrated -- indeed, seriously underrated --
intellectual led me to re-evaluate those earlier short stories and
then conclude that their theme would be the excellent subject for a
novel which I have undertaken to write. I have already completed
the "run up phase" to the war and there seems little doubt that
American would have become an active belligerent upon the sinking of
Lusitania. I am presently evaluating the impact of he might have had
on the war itself and I would like to get some opinions.
Would our earlier intervention have broken the deadlock on the
Western Front sooner? What about Gallipoli and Churchill's career?
Could the combined strength of the US and Royal Navy have transformed
Jutland into a decisive fleet action? Would the Great War have ended
in 1916 instead of 1918? Could that have prevented the Bolshevik
Revolution in Russia?
Any information -- even if it is only a personal opinion would be
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