An Inquiry into the Career of a Populist!

An Inquiry into the Career of a Populist
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By: Roger G. Kennedy

An Inquiry into the Career of a Populist

(populist then/populist now)

PopulistIgnatius Donnelly died of derision. Not his corpulent Red Irish body, which has survived so many blizzards and dust storms and endless haggling conventions and caucuses – his body died of a heart attack in his sixty-ninth year, two months after he lost his twenty-third election campaign. Nor did his spirit die – it animated the reforms of two Progressive decades built upon his four decades of agitation, and it went marching on into the agricultural policies of the New Deal. But his reputation, that part of his reality about which he cared most, his “darling reputation,” was buried under the ridicule of respectable politicians and journalist during his lifetime and respectable historians thereafter. Even during the liberal years, the 1930’s and 1940’s, Ignatius Donnelly, like William Jennings Bryan, was thought to be too much the hayseed Gracchus, too much the product of the pre-deodorant era, to please the fastidious urban intellectuals.

“Ignatius Donnelly” he was called at the end. He had led the Anti-Monopolists and the Greenbackers and the Grangers and the Populist, had lost so many campaigns for the Congress and the Senate and the Governorship and the Presidency that he had become a figure of fun. William Watts Folwell, the establishment historian of Minnesota, called his life a “dreary record.” Latter-day critics agreed: Richard Hofstadter said he had been a leader of “country cranks’; Eric Goldman said he “had a reputation of the kind of theories that too many nights on the prairie can produce.”

PopulistDuring Donnelly’s lifetime Folwell set him down as “discredited,” a “mountebank politician.” He was attacked from the Left: Everett Fish called him a “fat brute,” and Sidney Owen called him the “Benedict Arnold of Populism.” From the Right the St. Paul Pioneer Press said he was “like Judas Iscariot…a dictator (and) a dog”; the Mississippi Valley Lumberman called him a “dishonest political juggler’; and during a famous exchange of invective, the stately Elihu Washburne of Illinois accused him of taking bribes, of being an “office beggar,” a coward, liar, a populist, and criminal “whose record is stained with every fraud – whiskey and other frauds – a man, who has proved false alike to his friends, his constituents, his country, his religion, and his God.” Continue reading An Inquiry into the Career of a Populist!

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News 10/30/2013 with Goat Hollow!

The Surreal News!
Host: Doug aka GoatHollow

News 10/30/2013

News 10/30/2013 with Goat Hollow isn’t quite Edward R. Murrow, remember legendary Edward R. Murrow the quintessence of unbiased and real information, surreal or not? A news media, taking pride in the integrity of reporting with factual representation regardless of personal agenda! The Surreal News 10/30/2013 hearkens back to the reporting skills of  Murrow.

Information, the real facts whether stranger than fiction, surreal in fact, that hits the headlines. You can find the real deal, what really is going on in this world with high caliber noteworthy stories you need to know about. Continue reading News 10/30/2013 with Goat Hollow!

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Ignatius Donnelly & The Politics of Discontent

Ignatius Donnelly & The Politics of Discontent 

An Inquiry into the Career of a Populist
By: Roger G. Kennedy
Host: Doug “GoatHollow” for “They Were Preppers

Ignatius DonnellyEditor’s Note: There have been few periods in the history of the West more thoroughly convulsive than that between 1880 and 1900, a time when all the agonies of class conflict in America found sharp focus in the plight of the western farmer, whose dream of a Jeffersonian Eden had been mutilated by reality _ and, in his view, by the villainous manipulation of money-lenders and capitalists. The period gave birth to Populism, one of the most significant political movements in western history, and one that would have a profound effect on both major parties, even while the presidential campaigns of the party’s leader, William Jennings Bryan, went down to defeat. Continue reading Ignatius Donnelly & The Politics of Discontent

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Venomous Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine.

Venomous Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine
Host: Sam Coffman “The Human Path”

InfectionsAs we have talked about before, the three biggest issues after a disaster are very likely going to be food, water and medicine. Add to this the fact that most post-disaster environments are laden with potential health threats: Rubble, obstacles and hazards, open sewage and bacteria-laden water, disturbed wildlife looking for new homes, increased rodent population and more. A lack of medical services really starts to hit home when talking about severe, acute environmental or medical injuries. Two good examples of this kind of severe, post-disaster medical situation are infection and venomous snake bites in North America (e.g. Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Coral Snake, Cottonmouth). Continue reading Venomous Snake Bites, Infections and Herbal Medicine.

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Surviving an Urban Disaster!

Surviving an Urban Disaster!
Host: Tara “Common Sense Prepping
Urban DisasterUrban DisasterUrban survival expert Richard Duarte will be the guest on this week’s episode of Common Sense Prepping. The Surviving Doomsday: A Guide for Surviving an Urban Disaster author is also a firearms expert and attorney in Miami. Duarte’s book also boasts some vital information for suburban and rural preppers as well. Those of us who chose to live in the beautiful and safe countryside tend to leave our homes occasionally. Developing a plan to quickly exit a major city in case disaster strikes while visiting a friend in the hospital or in Orlando on vacation could mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading Surviving an Urban Disaster!

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Well Regulated Militia!

Well regulated militia!
Host: Dave Womack “The Gun Show”

regulated militiaThe modern militia movement has been under fire by the media lately, but what the media tends to miss are the following to points:

1) A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
2) In some cases, local militias go through more training than local law enforcement.

Now, before I get any haters out there, let me be clear. I am a fan of our military, and I’m a fan of good cops. Many jurisdictions get a significant amount of training, while others are limited to 50 rounds of ammo per person, per month. Clearly, 50 rounds is not enough to provide sufficient training to ensure a “free state”. That’s where the militia comes in. Continue reading Well Regulated Militia!

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