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Another Moment of Zinntimacy: Mary Ellen Lease Speaks at a Populist Convention

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Mary Ellen Lease – Circa 1890 at a Populist convention in Topeka Kansas:

“Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street and for Wall Street…. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags… the politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children…. starve to death every year in the U.S. and over 100,000 shop girls in New York are forced to sell their virtue for bread….

There are thirty men in the United States whose aggregate wealth is over one and one – half billion dollars. There are a half a million looking for work…. We want money, land, and transportation. We want the abolition of the National Banks, and we want the power to make loans direct from the government. We want the accursed foreclosure system wiped out…. We will stand by our homes and stay by our firesides by force if necessary, and we will not pay our debts to the loan-shark companies until the Government pays its debt to us.

The people are at bay, let the bloodhounds of money who have dogged us thus far beware.”

Another tip of the tinfoil hat to Howard Zinn, and “A People’s History of The United States.”

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  1. March 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    And who said nothing good ever came out of Kansas. The populist movement is still alive, just being out-shouted by right wingers.
    Just to inject some humor: Topeka is an Osage Indian word that means “place where we dig potatoes”. Which is all we can afford now anyway.


    • March 14, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      It won’t be long before all we can afford is pink slimeburger, mac-n-cheese, and potatoes. To make things worse, we’ll have to walk to the grocery because we can’t afford the gas. Yeesh.

      Of course we could hitch a ride to the grocery in one of Mrs Romney’s Cadillacs. LOL


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