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July 27, 2011

A 115 year old speech relevant right now: Cross of Gold.

William Jennings Bryan

“…the most famous speech in American political history was delivered by William Jennings Bryan on July 9, 1896, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.”

Excerpt:

When you come before us and tell us that we are about to disturb your business, we say to you that you have made the definition of a businessman too limited in its application.

The man who is employed for wages is as much a businessman as his employer; the attorney in a country town is as much a businessman as the corporation counsel in a great metropolis; the merchant at the crossroads store is as much a businessman as the merchant of New York; the farmer who goes forth in the morning and toils all day … is as much a businessman as the man who goes upon the board of trade and bets upon the price of grain …

We come to speak for this broader class of businessmen.

We do not come as aggressors. Our war is not a war of conquest; we are fighting in the defense of our homes, our families, and posterity. We have petitioned, and our petitions have been scorned; we have entreated, and our entreaties have been disregarded; we have begged, and they have mocked when our calamity came.

We beg no longer; we entreat no more; we petition no more. We defy them!

For a recording of this speech, as well as the full text, click here.

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