Miles-tones

Crucifying America on a Playlist of Gold

In addition to the short list of people that we've elected president is an even shorter list of people that by all rights should have been at some point. I'm not talking about Ron Paul or Ralph Nader or Ross Perot but huge figures of statesmanship like Colin Powell or Daniel Webster who seem like they should have gotten the job at least once just based on qualifications alone.

King among such men was the one and only William Jennings Bryan, who did at least run for the highest office on many occasions without ever quite securing the job. Today is the anniversary of a speech Bryan gave in 1896 that coined a phrase which has echoed down into the modern era and at the time made him the Democratic candidate for president against William McKinley.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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