Skip to comments.Why I am a Republican
Posted on 12/19/2011 12:40:03 PM PST by Makana
From a speech given in Warren, OH in 1890, introducing another political candidate. IN 1 view of the known character of the speaker who is to address you to-day, and his long public career, and association with the leading statesmen of this country for the past twenty years, it would not be becoming in me to detain you with many remarks of my own. But it may be proper for me to account to you on the first occasion of my presiding at political meetings for the faith that is in me. 1 I am a Republican, as the two great political parties are now divided, because the Republican party is a national party seeking the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens. There is not a precinct in this vast nation where a Democrat cannot cast his ballot and have it counted as cast. No matter what the prominence of the opposite party, he can proclaim his political opinions, even if he is only one among a thousand, without fear and without proscription on account of his opinions. There are fourteen States, and localities in some other States, where Republicans have not this privilege. This is one reason why I am a Republican. (NOTE: Grant is speaking about the former Confederate states, which were monolithically Democratic in 1880.) 2 But I am a Republican for many other reasons. The Republican party assures protection to life and property, the public credit, and the payment of the debts of the government, State, county, or municipality, so far as it can control. The Democratic party does not promise this; if it does, it has broken its promises to the extent of hundreds of millions, as many Northern Democrats can testify to their sorrow.
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Any of the Republican candidates could, or should, use this speech with very few modications.
He talks funny.
I don’t count Grant as one of my quotable people, political, humanitarian or moral. But thanks for the thought.
Because the time hasn't quite come for conservatives, such as myself, to finally get fed up enough by being treated like slaves on a plantation to abandon it and form a 3rd party.
The date is probably 1880. Grant died in 1885.
The very best to you and yours
Yes, but that may not have stopped him:
FiJi Hill is right. The speech is from 1880. My fat fingers.