If you want to know why there was even a Bull Moose Party or Progressive Party in 1912, it’s because Theodore Roosevelt didn’t win the 2012 Republican nomination for President. It was Teddy Roosevelt’s narcissism and his ambition to become President of the United States again which is how we got the Progressive Party in 1912. The real Progressive-Left in America which has almost nothing to do with the so-called Progressive-Left of today which is really a Socialist-Left led by Senator Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Socialists in and outside of the Democratic Party today.
And what the Progressive Party was running on in 1912, is what became President Franklin Roosevelt’s ( Teddy Roosevelt’s cousin ) the American public safety net what us better known as the New Deal in the 1930s. Pension insurance what’s known as Social Security, which is for people who don’t have enough of a pension to retire.
Unemployment Insurance, minimum wage, social insurances for people who struggle to pay their bills or who find themselves unemployed.
Not looking to create a British or Scandinavia welfare state in America, but creating social insurance for people who truly need it who are too young to retire and who are physically and mentally still able to work.
The reason why Teddy Roosevelt, wasn’t elected President again in 1912 is because you had basically Republicans voting against Republicans. Republicans who are now in the Progressive Party, voting against President William Taft and Republicans who are still in the Republican Party, voting for Teddy Roosevelt. Similar to why Hubert Humphrey doesn’t win the presidency in 1968 because you had Democrats voting against Democrats . With George Wallace running for President for the Independence Party with right-wing Dixiecrats voting against Hubert Humphrey. Republicans, were simply too divided and voting against each other in 1912 to put a Republican back in the White House.