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Wednesday, July 9

Where's Bill Now That We Really Need Him?

112 years ago today William Jennings Bryan delivered the most famous speech in American political history on July 9, 1896, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. His closing remarks were:

"If they dare to come out in the open field and defend the gold standard as a good thing, we shall fight them to the uttermost, having behind us the producing masses of the nation and the world. Having behind us the commercial interests and the laboring interests and all the toiling masses, we shall answer their demands for a gold standard by saying to them, you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold."

Methinks it's quite possible if Bryan were to deliver the same speech today he would modify it slightly to say, "...you shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns. You shall not drown mankind in an ocean of oil."

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