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Rush’s Morning Update: Unforeseen
May 28, 2008

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Despite Senator Clinton’s politically crude revelation that she is relying on unforeseen events– like an assassination –to win the Democrat Party nomination,it’s a strategy that long-shot Democrat candidates have successfully used before.

In July 1896, another a long-shot candidate– William Jennings Bryan– addressed the Democrat National Convention in Chicago. The 36-year-old Congressman delivered a speech among the most notorious in American political history. Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech was a defining one; it set Democrats on the path to embrace class envy and high taxes.

Back then, the implementation of the income tax– which many regarded as unconstitutional– was a raging issue. In a spirited defense of the tax, Jennings Bryan declared: “The income tax is a just law. It simply intends to put the burdens of government justly upon the backs of the people. When I find a man who is not willing to pay his share of the burden of the government which protects him, I find a man who is unworthy to enjoy the blessings of a government like ours.”

Bryan’s speech so wowed Democratsthat the long-shot candidate won the presidential nomination. The rest, as they say, is history. Thanks to Democrats, the burden of a big and ever-expanding government is upon our backs– and our necks– with no end in sight.

So you see, relying on the unforeseen can be good for Democrat candidates– even if it means the rest of us… get screwed. (Politically, of course.)

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