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THE ALLIANCE -INDEPENDENT.
"THE D D PAEMEE3 "
If the farmers of this county only
knew the esteem in which they are
held by the fellows who are running
affairs, it wouldn't be so hard to per
suade them to vote in their own in
terests. A few days ago, tho writer overheard
a conversation between two men, one
of whom was evidently a capitalist or
in the employ of some corporation, and
the other a restaurant keeper. The
latter suggested several remedies for
existing evils among which was that
immigration be stopped. The former
had objections to all the remedies pro
posed, and finally broke out impa
tiently: There's no need for all this
talk of reform. It's all the work of the
d d farmers. If they'd go to work
and attend to their own affairs, every
thing would be all right."
There can bo no doubt that this man
expressed the prevailing opinion of his
class. They have nothing but con
tempt f . r the farmer. They are indig
nant that the farmer should have opin
ions, and enraged that he should go so
far as to ajt on those opinions. These
fellows have been playing the great
game of "running the country" for a
quarter of a century. They learned by
long experience that the farmer was
not a factor in the game. He always
behaved himself and attended to his
plowing. He believed in the good old
doctrines of honesty, fair play and hard
work, and thought everybody else as
honest as himself. He believed what
he was told, shouted when the other
fello b &ave the signal, and whenever
they pulled the strings, he always
bobbed up in the right place.
The fellows who nro "running the
country" had got used to that sort of
thing. They thought it would always
be 30. They came to look on th3
farmer as an innocent, credulous in
dividual who had no rights except to
produce all ho could, take what they
were willing to give him for his crops,
and pay his taxes.
As for politics, they could look after
that. They had plenty of time, and
were endowed with brains wnich are
necessary in managing larare affairs.
The farmer was too busyv to look into
such matters, besides the affairs Of
state were entirely too largo and com
plex for his mental grasp. They would
kindly relieve him of tho arduous
duties, and heavy responsibilities of
citizenship. All that was necessary
for the farmers to do was to vote when
election day came round. Thev fixed
p tho tickets, so that it didn't matter
much which way the farmer voted the
result was substantially the same.
But fina'ly tho farmer beet. m 3 discon
tented What an absurd thing for him
to do af cr all that had been done for
him! How ungraleul to the fellows
who had taken the job of "running the
country" off his hands!
Worse yet, the farmer began to think
and talk about "political affairs. He
actually begun to question the wisdom
cf the manner in which the other fel
lows were "ruEn'n; the country." How
foolish that he should set up bis puny
undeveloped judgment againt the
z z m . . . i 1
made a life study of the affairs of government!
Then worst of all, the farmer set up
as a real live factor In politics, a citizen
with all the rights that be!ongedto
anybody, in fact a sovereign of the
great republic. He actually proposed
to take a hand in tho game of "running
this country!" How utterly ridicu
lous! How exasperating! Why, it
would upset everything. It would
riin the country.
As long as tbe farmer attended
strictly to his plowiag, he was the
"honest, patriotic farmer," but so soon
as he got discontented, and began to
interfere in political affairs, he became
"d d farmer" a Tepudiator," a
"calamity how'er," a "disgruntled
office-seeker, an "agitator," a "crank,"
a "fanatic," a "fiat money lunatic," a
"hog," an 'ass."
It is true the farmeri haven't all
"gone crazy" yet. There are still a
good many "honest, patriotic farmers"
who can be relied upon to bob up when
the other fellowi pull the strings.
They are still hurrahing for the great
brainy men who have "run the
country" for the past twenty-five years.
And they are praised and compli
mented, and fed hard boiled mlasse?,
and held up as models of ind ustry and
The rich men, the sleek, well-fed
men, the selfish, heatiess, unscrupu
lous men have ruled and robbed the
people so long that they think they
have acquired the right to rule and
rob. Hence they are thrown into a
terrible rage whenever the producsrs
undertake to interfere with their plans.
And their anger falls most heavily on
the farmer. The plutocratic robbers
know that they have nothing to fear
from the organized laborers of the
cities standing alone, for they are in a
minority, and besides are dependent on
employment for a living. In a struggle
between employers nnd employed, it is
only a question of time when the latter
must submit to the demands of the
The farmers are the only class that
can make an independent stand with
any show of success. They have the
numbers, and they still have a good
degree of , independence. Besides
when the laboring men of the cities see
the farmers arrayed against their
oppressors, they can and will fall into
line under the protection of the secret
ballot, and cast their votes against the
existing order of things. While the
laboring men of the cities can never
lead a political revo'ution in this
country, they are sure to assist the
farmers in producing such a revolution
whenever the opportunity offers.
The merchants and professional men
of the country are too much at the
mercy of organized capital to even pro
test against existing evils, but most of
them will fall into line whenever they
become convinced that the farmers
will stand together.
The farmers are engaged in a terrible
struggle. They hav-s undertaken
herculem task- The issue of life or
death to the American repub'ic is in
t ieir hands. They must' endure the
first dreadfuljonslaught of orgai iza
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