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Robert M. La Follette

Data de nascimento: 14. Junho 1855
Data de falecimento: 18. Junho 1925

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Robert Marion La Follette foi um politico americano, membro da Câmara dos Representantes, senador e governador do Wisconsin. Ele concorreu para Presidente nas eleições de 1924, mas ficou em terceiro lugar com quase 17% dos votos populares.La Follette nasceu no dia 14 de junho de 1855 em Primrose, Wisconsin. Ele estudou na Universidade de Wisconsin-Madison. La Follette foi casado com Belle Case Le Follette de 1881 até sua morte em 1925. Eles tiveram quatro filhos.

De 1901 até 1906, La Follette serviu como governador de Wisconsin, de 1906 até sua morte foi senador pelo mesmo estado. No Senado, ele se opôs ao envolvimento americano na Primeira Guerra Mundial, ele defendeu fortemente leis sobre o trabalho infantil, segurança social, sufrágio feminino, e outras reformas progressistas.Na corrida presidencial de 1924 disputou a presidência pelo partido progressista ele chegou em terceiro lugar, atrás do Presidente Calvin Coolidge e do candidato democrata John W. Davis, La Follette obteve 4.822.856 votos de um total de 21 milhões, ou 16,67% dos votos, conquistando 13 votos eleitorais de Wisconsin, seu estado natal, e ficando em segundo em 11 estados do leste. Seus partidários eram norte-americanos, principalmente os descendentes de alemães, ferroviários, alguns sindicalistas, os membros do Partido Socialista americano, os agricultores, e alguns ex-partidários de Theodore Roosevelt.Os 17% dos votos de Robert La Follette representam a melhor colocação para um terceiro lugar nas eleições norte americanas, só superado por Theodore Roosevelt em 1912 e Ross Perot, em 1992.Dois de seus filhos entraram para a politica, Robert Marion La Follette Jr. foi senador de Wisconsin de 1925 a 1947; E Philip La Follette foi governador do Wisconsin por dois mandatos não consecutivos durante a década de 1930.Robert morreu em 18 de junho de 1925, em Washington, DC de uma doença cardíaca, ele tinha 70 anos.

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„The individual is fast disappearing as a business factor and in his stead is this new device, the modern corporation.“

—  Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Context: Since the birth of the Republic, indeed almost within the last generation, a new and powerful factor has taken its place in our business, financial and political world and is there exercising a tremendous influence. The existence of the corporation, as we have it with us today, was never dreamed of by the fathers…The corporation of today has invaded every department of business, and it’s powerful but invisible hand is felt in almost all activities of life. The effect of this change upon the American people is radical and rapid. The individual is fast disappearing as a business factor and in his stead is this new device, the modern corporation. “The Danger Threatening Representative Government” Speech (1897) http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/pdfs/lessons/EDU-SpeechTranscript-SpeechesLaFollette-DangerThreatening.pdf

„America is not made, but is in the making...Mere passive citizenship is not enough. Men must be aggressive for what is right if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive for what is wrong.“

—  Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Context: America is not made, but is in the making... Mere passive citizenship is not enough. Men must be aggressive for what is right if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive for what is wrong. "The Perils of Passive Citizenship", Speech in Washington, D.C. http://www.speeches-usa.com/Transcripts/robert_lafollete-perils.html (August 11, 1924)

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„I shall support the President in the measures he proposes when I believe them to be right. I shall oppose measures proposed by the President when I believe them to be wrong.“

—  Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Context: Mr. President, I had supposed until recently that it was the duty of senators and representatives in Congress to vote and act according to their convictions on all public matters that came before them for consideration and decision. Quite another doctrine has recently been promulgated by certain newspapers, which unfortunately seems to have found considerable support elsewhere, and that is the doctrine of “standing back of the President” without inquiring whether the President is right or wrong. For myself, I have never subscribed to that doctrine and never shall. I shall support the President in the measures he proposes when I believe them to be right. I shall oppose measures proposed by the President when I believe them to be wrong. Speech before Congress (April 4, 1917), Congressional Record—Senate, April 4, 1917, 224–225.

„Wealth has never yet sacrificed itself on the altar of patriotism.“

—  Robert M. La Follette Sr.
"La Follette Fights for Higher War Tax", New York Times http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9E05E3DE123FE433A25751C2A96E9C946696D6CF (August 22, 1917)

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„Publicity, discussion, and agitation are necessary to accomplish any work of lasting benefit.“

—  Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Spoken in Evansville, IN (July 7, 1906), As quoted in Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics, Michael Wolraich (2014)

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