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Once upon a time

The Most Divisive Election in American History

posted Nov 9 2016 by Nicholas Vardy 

Once upon a time, there was an election widely heralded as the most divisive presidential contest in the history of the republic.

On one side, you had an establishment candidate funded by a cabal of deep-pocketed elites, who represented entrenched political interests, manipulated the media and represented the continuation of the status quo. Their objective? To make sure “their candidate” for the White House was elected. And that candidate was a familiar, vetted and reliable ally who would make sure that the current, increasingly corrupt and crony-driven political machine would continue to roll on.

On the other side were the populists. These unsophisticated rabble-rousers, located far from the power centers of New York and Washington, D.C., felt disenfranchised, exploited and ignored. For them, the rapid technological change of recent decades that had made them seem expendable was both dizzying and confusing.

An unwelcome immigrant influx threatened their values, their way of life and their very livelihood. The perceived oppression by the coastal elites had even led some of them to flirt with the promise of a more egalitarian, positively un-American promise of socialism.

These ordinary Americans found their representative in the unlikeliest of candidates — a quintessential anti-politician who drew massive and passionate crowds. This candidate inspired the frustrated masses with his unconventional rhetoric and message that the game was rigged against them. His iconoclastic, anti-establishment economic policies promised to upend the entire world of the political elites.

The upcoming election was the last chance for ordinary people. The outcome would determine the direction of the United States for decades to come.

I am, of course, describing the election of 1896.

The establishment candidate was William McKinley, handpicked by Carnegie, Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan. And the populist firebrand was William Jennings Bryan, who concluded one of the most famous speeches in American history with the words: “you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.”

Read the whole post : http://humanevents.com/2016/11/08/the-most-divisive-election-in-american-history/

Mark Twain purportedly said: “History does not repeat itself — but it does rhyme.”

 

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