Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Quotation Of The Day: We Don't Hear Rhetoric Like This In 2012 Edition

Via James Fallows via Mike Lofgren comes this phrasing from the 1892 Omaha Platform of The People's Party:
"We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political, and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot-box, the Legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized. . . . The newspapers are largely subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the right to organize for self-protection, imported pauper­ized labor beats down their wages. . . . The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind, and the pos­sessors of these, in turn, despise the Republic and endanger liberty. From the same prolific womb of governmental injus­tice we breed the two great classes - tramps and million­aires."
It doesn't matter whether one agrees or disagrees, "imported pauperized labor," "prolific womb of governmental injustice," and "the ermine of the bench" are wonderful rhetorical flourishes.

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