After serving as governor you were reelected to

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railroads, the environment, and all forms of transportation. After serving as governor you were reelected to national office as a Senator for the state of Wisconsin. At this time, Europe was involved in World War I. In 1917 President Woodrow Wilson asked for a declaration of war, you were one of only two senators to stand and argue against American entry into World War I. You felt that America had no business entering a war in Europe, you felt it didn’t involve us and wouldn’t only hurt us. You went on to argue that the only good thing that was going to come out of this war was that corporations would make millions and thousands of American workers would pay for their success with their lives on the battlefields. Many enemies and friends alike accused of treason when you made speeches like this, but you continued. In fact, when you were running for reelection many supporters and those wo worked for you urged you to not give antiwar speeches. When going up to the podium to give a speech in Madison, Wisconsin, your supporters urged you to be more conciliatory, you went right up and delivered a podium pounding antiwar speech. By speeches end everyone in the audience was on their fee t cheering and you informed the crowd that everyone who didn’t like you or what you stood for were invited to vote for the other candidate. This prompted one of your political enemies listening in the back of the room to say, “I hate the son of a bitch, but by God, he has guts.” Your friend Emma Goldman considered you to be the strongest, fiercest anarchist of your time. You felt strongly that all of America, immigrant and natural born alike were inheritors of the American Revolution. And as such, if they were told the truth about what was going on, they would make the right decisions, they would make the correct choices for the country. As a senator you made it your business to go after and attempt to break up as many monopolies as possible. Eventually, you left the Republican Party which you felt was corrupt and ran for president under the Progressive Party. As Woodrow Wilson was running for reelection, you were going after the Progressive Party’s nomination for president against Teddy Roosevelt. You were completely opposed to US entrance into World War I and US entrance into any foreign war. Teddy Roosevelt on the other hand was for some progressive measures but felt that America should enter World War I. Teddy Roosevelt won the nomination but lost the election. As a senator, you filibustered for 24 hours in an attempt to single handedly stop the US Declaration of War. You didn’t succeed but you continue to fight. You were the only elected official to openly argue for the release of socialist Eugene Debs who was held in prison for violating the Sedition Act. In order to end dissent and argument against the war, congress passed a law called the Sedition Act. The Sedition Act violated the first amendment by outlawing and jailing anyone who spoke out against the war. Eugene Debs the leader of the American Socialist Party spoke out against it while running for president and was jailed. You defended him arguing that the Sedition Law was unconstitutional.
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