On this date 93 years ago, the United States formally entered World War I. Shortly after taking office for his second term as President, Woodrow Wilson (who had campaigned on the promise of “keeping America out of the European war”) urged Congress to declare war on Germany. The Senate did so on April 4; the House followed two days later.
The conflict became known as “the war to make the world safe for democracy.” This clever Madison Avenue slogan was a total ruse, of course. Instead, the war was the bloodiest conflict that had ever been fought up ’till then. It destroyed almost every government in Europe. It led to the murderous rule of Stalin in Russia and Hitler in Germany.
And it ushered in an era of Big Government from which the world is still suffering.