In July 1896, another a long-shot candidate -- William Jennings Bryan -- addressed the Democrat National Convention in Chicago. The 36-year-old Congressman delivered a speech among the most notorious in American political history. Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech was a defining one; it set Democrats on the path to embrace class envy and high taxes.
Back then, the implementation of the income tax -- which many regarded as unconstitutional -- was a raging issue. In a spirited defense of the tax, Jennings Bryan declared: "The income tax is a just law. It simply intends to put the burdens of government justly upon the backs of the people. When I find a man who is not willing to pay his share of the burden of the government which protects him, I find a man who is unworthy to enjoy the blessings of a government like ours."
Bryan's speech so wowed Democrats that the long-shot candidate won the presidential nomination. The rest, as they say, is history. Thanks to Democrats, the burden of a big and ever-expanding government is upon our backs -- and our necks -- with no end in sight.
So you see, relying on the unforeseen can be good for Democrat candidates -- even if it means the rest of us... get screwed. (Politically, of course.)
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• PBS: William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" Speech