Huey Long was Louisiana’s Governor and U.S. Senator before he was assassinated in 1935 at age 42. Long was poised to run for President using his ‘Share our Wealth” platform.
Known as “the Kingfish” for his problem solving, Long supported a progressive federal tax code, free higher education, pension for the elderly, veterans benefits and health care.
If alive today, the 1% would demonize him just as they did during his time. Partisan politics haven’t changed that much from his time to the present:.
Meanwhile, the conservative national media dismissed Long’s program, lampooning Long as a “hick”, “buffoon”, “communist”, “socialist” and “fascist dictator”. Long countered that the national newspapers were the pawns of the wealthy Wall Street financiers who were threatened by his program. Liberal journalists alleged that a prominent Wall Street bank hired a public relations firm to plant negative stories about Long in the media.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
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H/T: Ken Lockwood with thanks.
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