25 November 2011
The Democratic Party's Nominating Convention: 1896
I take this from THE TRAGEDY OF WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN, by Gerard N. Magliocca.
The leading obstacle to Bryan's nomination came from 'Gold Democrats,' who backed President Cleveland's policies, but they soon realized that they were outnumbered. The president opposed Bryan's candidacy and told his supporters that 'a cause worth fighting for is worth fighting for to the end.' Neverthelss, by 1896, Cleveland did not have much influence with the party faithful. A Gold Democrat describing the scene in Chicago said that for 'the first time, I can undersand the scenes of the French Revolution.' The conservative senator David Hill of New York, in a desperate plea to the delegates, said: 'I am a Democrat, but not a revolutionist. My mission here today is to unite, not to divide -- to build up, not to destroy.'
Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.