Wednesday, June 10, 2009

'Two Ideas of Government'

There was alot of talk about 'Democracy' in the Dáil Éireann yesterday. It reminded me of part of a speech made by US Presidential Candidate William Jennings Bryan on the 9th of July 1896 :

"Mr. Carlisle {Secretary of the Treasury} said in 1878 that this was a struggle between the idle holders of idle capital and the struggling masses who produce the wealth and pay the taxes of the country; and my friends, it is simply a question that we shall decide upon which side shall the Democratic Party fight. Upon the side of the idle holders of idle capital, or upon the side of the struggling masses? That is the question that the party must answer first; and then it must be answered by each individual hereafter. The sympathies of the Democratic Party, as described by the platform, are on the side of the struggling masses, who have ever been the foundation of the Democratic Party.

There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that if you just legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, that their prosperity will leak through on those below. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous their prosperity will find its way up and through every class that rests upon it."

Which 'idea' are you weighted in favour of?

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