But probably he has not thought the platform through. In 1933 President Franklin D. In an election dominated by race and the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, he refused to play the race card and instead campaigned on issues of economic equality. But when they do, his great work will go marching on. To limit fortunes: The wealth of this land is tied up in a few hands. Considered by some a genuine man of the people and by others a demagogue, Long certainly made his mark in Louisiana as governor and across the country as U. Long first came to national notice when he became governor of Louisiana in 1928; he ruled the state as a virtual dictator but his corruption and dictatorship had a progressive side to it, including massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even some restrictions on corporate power in the state.
The Rise of Huey Long Huey Long was born in 1893 in Winn Parish in the north central uplands of Louisiana. Our country is calling; the laws of the Lord are calling; the graces of our forefathers would open today if their occupants could see the bloom and flower of their creation withering and dying because the greed of the financial masters of this country has starved and withheld from mankind those things produced by his own labor. The government would buy up all the agricultural surpluses against the day of shortages. Coughlin had formed the National Union for Social Justice, a political third party, in 1934. God's law commanded that the wealth of the country should be redistributed ever so often, so that none should become too rich and none should become too poor; it commanded that debts should be canceled and released ever so often, so that the human race would not be loaded with a burden which it could never pay.
Crazy as it might sound, it's not an exaggeration to say that Long basically became dictator of Louisiana, wielding an immense amount of political power. In July 1935, Long declared that he had discovered an assassination plot against him. He married Rose in 1913, and they had three children: a daughter named Rose and two sons, Russell and Palmer. Let the Government take over and store the surplus for the next year. It particularly attracted , historically the most downtrodden on the economic ladder. We have nothing more for which we should ask the Lord. Liberal journalists alleged that a prominent Wall Street bank hired a public relations firm to plant negative stories about Long in the media.
In that position he continued to show off his credentials as an enemy of big corporations and a man of the people. If members do not want to go into the society already organized in their community, let them organize another society. Much of President Roosevelt's second New Deal was a response to Long's popularity. He unfolded to us the secrets of science so that our work might be easy. We must have them as members in the movement, so that, by having their cooperation, on short notice we can all act as one person for the one object and purpose of providing that in the land of plenty there shall be comfort for all. We would give every child the right to education and a living at birth. Distribution of wealth almost solves the whole problem without further trouble.
God invited us all to come and eat and drink all we wanted. He utilized his charismatic speaking style and promoted his ideas through the radio, a relatively novel technique in the early 1930s. When politicians can offer to give you a tangible benefit in return for your vote, the democratic system is prostituted. With his national popularity rising, Long was assassinated in 1935, though his political legacy lived on. All surplus property would be turned over to the government so that a fellow who needed a bed would get one from the fellow who owned more than one. Biographers and speculated that the Senator had never intended to run for the presidency in 1936. He planned to run on the ticket of a third party called the National Union for Social Justice.
Congress passed more then 15 pieces of legislation. Weiss at the Louisiana state capitol in September 1935. Carl Weiss, approached Senator Long in a corridor and shot him at close range in the abdomen. However, the surgeons had failed to detect a bullet had hit his kidney. Black Tuesday marked the beginning of the Great Depression, a period of economic hardship in the United States lasting from 1929 to 1939. If any man, or 100 men, wind up with all that has been produced by 120,000,000 people, that does not mean that those 100 men produced the wealth of the country; it means that those 100 men stole, directly or indirectly, what 125,000,000 people produced.
Few can afford to donate at an amount that will lead to a tangible benefit. To pay the veterans of our wars what we owe them and to care for their disabled. The administrative style was to create new agencies. He has gone into Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, preaching Share Our Wealth and organizing societies. It created many dams that provided electricity as well as jobs. Given his immense popularity, he decided to make a bid for the White House as a third-party candidate. No income would exceed a million dollars.
Will we now have our generation, and the generations which are to come, cheated of such heritage because of the greed and control of wealth and opportunity by 600 families? He showed us in the earth the iron and other things to make everything we wanted. He has granted a two-year debt moratorium—federal obligations excluded—and as judges of whether individual moratoria should be granted he has appointed loyal legislators in direct opposition to the state Constitution. Harry Williams, Huey Long 1969 ; Glen Jeansonne, Messiah of the Masses: Huey Long and the Great Depression 1993. God has beckoned fullness and peace to our land; our forefathers have set the guide stakes so that none need fail to share in this abundance. Millions heard his radio addresses, and thousands received his regular mass mailings through the Share Our Wealth societies. There is plenty of it to do and taxes of the big fortunes at the top will supply plenty of money without hurting anybody. Carl Austin Weiss, a young physician, approached him and shot him point blank.