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First of all, there were a lot of people who had family ties to Germany, being either born there or the children or grandchildren of German immigrants to the US.
Had the Czar still been in power, could Wilson have sold entry into the war based only on the German resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare by itself?
The "goodwill gesture" by Wilson (through Col. House on a diplomatic tour from Britain to Germany and back) is a bit suspect.
I presume you have heard of the Zimmermann Telegram, where Germany tried to bribe Mexico to declare war on the US with a message sent through the US diplomatic cable Wilson had, as a goodwill gesture allowed, Germany to use after Britain cut the German cables in 1914?
I agree with Dave; Wilson's grand gesture can be suspected as a set-up.
There is actually plenty of evidence that Wilson was an activist in support of the Allies from the start.
Wilson, who was aboard the presidential yacht escorting the cargo Uboat Deutschland out of Chesapeake Bay to protect it from a Royal Navy destroyer flotilla waiting beyond the three mile limit, learned that it was the work of German agents before he waved Auf Wiederseine to the Deuschland. He ordered the "Federal Agents" in New York to tell the Times to print, the following day, that the explosions were accidentally set off and positively not the work of German Agents.
Let's start with the American offer to the Germans of using the American cable for coded messages. What would Wilson get out of it? The good will of the Germans, and any information that might be useful for the Chief Executive of the United States of America the British in room 40 came across, as imbodied by the Zimmermann Telegram.
"Indulging in two acts which favor the Germans" Neither really did. The Deuschland was a PR ploy by Germany to draw attention to the lopsidedness of American trade policy and its goods going exclusively to the Allies. To protect the reputation of Mr Neutrality, Wilson turned the German's PR ploy to his own political advantage.
Instructing the Federal authorities to state that Black Tom was an industrial accident before it could be investigated, or the damage could be fully assessed, was done to keep Wilson from appearing to be a fool.
The British had to go through an elaborate deception to prevent the Germans from knowing that they had cracked virtually every code (Navy, Army and diplomatic) the Germans used.
You simply must stop looking through the wrong end of the telescope.
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