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People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on People Came to This Country for Either Money or Freedom – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Campaigning, Politics, US Politics, USA

People came to this country for either money or freedom. If you don’t have money, you cling to your freedoms all the more angrily. Even if smoking kills you, even if you can’t afford to feed your kids, even if your kids are getting shot down by maniacs with assault rifles. You may be poor, […]

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America Loves a Canting Hypocrite – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on America Loves a Canting Hypocrite – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Politics, US Politics

But Hamilton realized better than anyone that the world—our American world at least—loves a canting hypocrite.

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Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Hypocrisy, Politics, US Politics

We rode through a meadow filled with brick kilns. Slaves were everywhere, hard at work. I was surprised to see how “bright” they were. I do not know if that word is still in use in the south, but in those days a slave with a large degree of white blood was known as “bright.” […]

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Colonel Burr – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Colonel Burr – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · History, US Politics

In 1804 Colonel Burr—then vice-president of the United States—shot and killed General Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Three years after this lamentable affair, Colonel Burr was arrested by order of President Thomas Jefferson and charged with treason for having wanted to break up the United States. A court presided over by Chief Justice John Marshall […]

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They Call me Kingfish – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on They Call me Kingfish – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Quotes, US Politics

(A Washington reporter) asked how their host should be addressed, as governor or senator? Huey leaned back in his chair and puffed at his cigar. “They call me Kingfish down there,” he said.

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The Past Was a Time of Robust Political Invective – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Past Was a Time of Robust Political Invective – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Politics, US Politics

They demanded that the Senate expel Huey himself. Former Governor Parker and others formally petitioned Vice-President Garner to appoint a committee to investigate Huey’s fitness to be a Senator, charging that the Kingfish was “personally dishonest, corrupt, and immoral.”. In a covering letter to Garner, Parker advanced another reason that Huey should be removed from […]

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Governor and Senator at 37 Years of Age – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Governor and Senator at 37 Years of Age – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Politics, US Politics

As there was no Republican candidate, there would be no general election. Huey P. Long was a United States Senator. But until he should decide to take his seat in Washington he was also governor of Louisiana. He had just turned thirty-seven years of age.

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Two Card Trick – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 9th, 2012 · Comments Off on Two Card Trick – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Policy, Politics, US Politics

Now that the enabling legislation for the roads program had been passed, Huey was anxious to get construction started. One day he went to the office of the Highway Commission and took a map of the state and drew lines on it. The first roads were to follow these lines, he said. The engineers and […]

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I’m Going into Every Parish and Cuss Out the Boss – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on I’m Going into Every Parish and Cuss Out the Boss – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, US Politics

Huey felt no scruples in telling people how he was going to run his campaign in 1923. “I’m going to run for governor and I’ll tell you how I’m going to win,” he said to one man. “In every parish there is a boss, usually the sheriff. He has forty percent of the votes, forty […]

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We Didn’t Even Have a Horse – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on We Didn’t Even Have a Horse – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

The story seems too good to be true – but people who should know swear that it is true. The first time that Huey P. Long campaigned in rural, Latin, Catholic south Louisiana, the local boss who had him in charge said at the beginning of the tour: “Huey, you ought to remember one thing […]

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