History of Political Parties, National Reminiscences, and the Tippecanoe Movement

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General Books LLC, 2009 - Literary Collections - 336 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 Excerpt: ...acts dispassionately. The best we can say of it is that it might have done worse. Organized as it was. it was impossible for it to do better. With well nigh a hundred Democratic majority in the lower House, it was strong enough to be recognized as an organized threat against American industries, viewing, as its majority did, with jealous eyes, all the prosperity that had come under the rule of their opponents. Every industry stood aghast at its mouthings. The spirit animating its action may be understood when we recall the fact J'at the leader of the House, in his report upon the tariff bill, spoke of the great and rapidly growing tin plate manufacture, as a "bogus industry which should be suppressed." The majority of the House was ready for the overthrow of every protected enterprise built up and fostered by the legislation of their opponents. Usually Democratic representatives have with unanimity been willing to sacrifice the industries of all sections of the country but their own in the framing of a tariff bill, and have been sticklers for a "reasonable degree of protection" for their own localities. This feeling prevailed in the Senate in the Fifty-third Congress, and also to a great extent in the House, but there was a self sacrificing spirit also manifest among many of the "revenue reformers" in both bodies. Louisiana senators sacrificed the sugar industry of their own State, under an irresponsible promise that somehow their State would be cared for by the conference committee, to which the bill must ultimately be referred. Texas senators and representatives led the flocks of their wool growers to the shambles. Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia senators and representatives emptied the tin dinner pails of their mining c...

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