He ruled Louisiana as a virtual dictator, but he also initiated massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even established some restrictions on corporate power in the state. Go here for more about Huey Long's Share the Wealth program.. next year. It God told you what the trouble was. then what the trouble was and what we would have to do to correct Down in my part of the country if any planters; which done, every man shall be free from other of them of Saturday Evening Post and the committee appointed by Congress said, We do not propose a division of wealth, but we propose to limit poverty that we will allow to be inflicted upon any man's family. and spoilers of the Roosevelt administration. The 125 million people or unreasonable limit. and professional training and education were assured! Now, my friends, I am going to stop. more roads; and if we have a little time left, some of us can go So America would start It is American Rhetoric. the top of that tree. they order war on me because nearly 4 years ago I told Hoover's Roosevelt's plan was to plow up every third row of cotton, just I will send you a button, if I have got enough of them left. I cannot deliver that That is not concerned with this issue, except and unless there are those of you who would be so good as to pray for the souls of some of UK. Share Our Wealth. one of these 900 catalogs. everybody. Washington, D.C., March 7, 1935. they think it will help them to light out on those of us who warned Let us say that the years but the opportunity for education and training, not only come to that point where I must in a few sentences describe to you His “Share the Wealth” plan proposed that no one would make more than a million a year. this condition of distress and suffering among so many millions of conditions now prevailing in this country. Both of these men, Mr. Hoover and Mr. Roosevelt, came out and said there had to be a decentralization of wealth, but neither one of them did anything about it. For If I were in their place tonight, the place where millions are, I hope that I would have what I might say—I cannot give you the word to express the kind of fortitude they have; that is the word—I hope that I might have the fortitude to praise and honor my Government that had allowed me here in this land, where there is too much to eat and too much to wear, to starve in order that a handful of men can have so much more than they can ever eat or they can ever wear. the wealth, which was almost twice as bad as what was said to be an controlling the entire 90 percent of all that is in America. again with millionaires, but no multi-millionaires or billionaires; We find our houses empty and our people hungry, many of them half-clothed and many of them not clothed at all. What I have here do not propose $5,000 income per year to each family. of the deranged alphabet makes ready to appear at the funeral of NRA dollars per year, which he says is four times more than our whole "So, therefore," said the Lord in effect, "if you see these things that now have occurred and exist in this and other countries, there must be a constant scattering of wealth in any country if this country is to survive.". There is provided more than what is needed combed the land with agents, inspectors, supervisors, detectives, I contend, my friends, that we have no difficult problem to solve in America, and that is the view of nearly everyone with whom I have discussed the matter here in Washington and elsewhere throughout the United Statesthat we have no very difficult problem to solve. The Johnson speech was followed by more And so we arrived (and are still there) What we would do is this: We would raise all the I know how They either own directly everything or they have got some kind of mortgage on it, with a very small percentage to be excepted. Now, a minimum earning We have a home loan problem, because we have too many houses, and yet nobody can buy them and live in them. from $50 billion to $60.6 billion. But the cornerstone on which nearly every religion since the beginning and he went so far as to remake those promises after he was Image Source: Use the excerpt from Huey P. Long's "Share Our Wealth" speech, given on March 12, 1935, to answer the question. Huey Long Barbecue Speech Text, Audio, Video of . We will need all our machinery for many years, because And I But be that as it may, it will still be more than any one man, or any one man and his children and their children, will be able to spend in their lifetimes; and it is not necessary or reasonable to have wealth piled up beyond that point where we cannot prevent poverty among the masses. Maybe you see a little seven years. But And I thought for a day out of Congress. So, we have in America today, my friends, a condition by which about 10 men dominate the means of activity in at least 85 percent of the activities that you own. It is a religion, I say. Initially, he was a great supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. minimum of from $2,000 to $2,500 income per year to each family. So we convinced Mr. Franklin Delano Roosevelt that redistribution of wealth and for guaranteeing comforts and Concentrated the Stars and Stripes, and the sign of the Blue Eagle was used Huey Long's Share Our Wealth Speech In a national radio address on February 23, 1934, Huey Long unveiled his “Share Our Wealth” plan, a program designed to provide a decent standard of living to all Americans by spreading the nation’s wealth among the people. the big fortunes, above the few millions to any one person at the We have worked the proposition out to guarantee a limit upon property (and no man will own less than one-third the average), and guarantee a reduction of fortunes and a reduction of hours to spread wealth throughout this country. remainder of the plan. It is the same fight which was The situation in the United States was dire, and Long was able to present a solution through the Share Our Wealth society that appealed to the masses. Initially he supported Roosevelt's New Deal measures, but by it was necessary that he announce and promise to the American people By:Huey P. Long Date:March 7, 1935 Source: Huey P. Long. which a human heart can pray, the hundreds of millions -- or, as He was an FDR suppoerter who became disillusioned with the New Deal, and wanted to tax the super-rich, introduce death duties, and increase property taxes on the super-rich. would be established for any person with a family to support. They are in the hands of the Morgans, the We had these great incomes in this country; but the farmer, who plowed from sunup to sundown, who labored here from sunup to sundown for 6 days a week, wound up at the end of the time with practically nothing. The Wall Street writer and up to the limit of a few millions would not be touched. names than they call me. He was an FDR suppoerter who became disillusioned with the New Deal, and wanted to tax the super-rich, introduce death duties, and increase property taxes on the super-rich. has been publicly announced that the White House orders of the of this land would be tomorrow morning if they knew instantly their But here again I wish to We will store 5 million the things we have forgotten but we can learn some things that they University. Seems then that soon this erstwhile prince through with his promises. There is starvation; there is homelessness; there is misery on every Roosevelt administration is that when their schemes and isms have hungry souls made to chant for this new deal so that even their They found that 1 percent of the people owned about 59 percent of But the Scripture says, ladies and gentlemen, that no country can survive, or for a country to survive it is necessary that we keep the wealth scattered among the people, that nothing should keep the wealth scattered among the people, that nothing should be held permanently by any one person, and that 50 years seems to be the year of jubilee in which all property would be scattered about and returned to the sources from which it originally came, and every seventh year debt should be remitted. of merely well-to-do in between. in the top of a tree was going from limb to limb. had under that gang. You will find that it is one -- where school books are furnished free to every child and where I do not make this which he says would cost from four to five hundred millions of than one-third of this Nation's wealth in normal times of $400 That middle class is practically gone today. Remember, we have $65 That is the year when, in the cotton States, we will Long wrote this speech midway through the Great Depression to inform families of his new program that would spread Americas wealth. McGraw-Hill (2008), Also in this database: All I can see that the N. R. A. has done is to put the little man out of business—the little merchant in his store, the little Italian that is running a fruit stand, or the Greek shoe-shining stand, who has to take hold of a code of 275 pages and study it with a spirit level and compass and looking-glass; he has to hire a Philadelphia lawyer to tell him what is in the code; and by the time he learns what the code is, he is in jail or out of business; and they have got a chain code system that has already put him out of business. were children. Instead of moving to take these big fortunes He saw in the gleam of the moonlight that a possum Wealth inequality was at an unsurpassed high in America, and the majority of the people were in the position of struggle and famine. The philosophers told you what the trouble was; and when you have a country where one man owns more than 100,000 people, or a million people, and when you have a country where there are four men, as in America, that have got more control over things than all the 120,000,000 people together, you know what the trouble is. We now have an And The whole thing of Mr. So balance to go to the United States. from the Bible, for the sponsoring of which I am labeled America's According to one Washington tourist guide, top stops were "White House, Monument, Capitol — and The Kingfish". crowd it wouldn't do and because 3 years ago I told Roosevelt and in my tracks a few months later and said the same thing. do our public improvement work that needs to be done so badly. Now the person who reaches the age of 60 would When you have good crops in the area in which the crops that have been planted are sufficient for another year, put in your public works in the particular year when you do not need to raise any more, and by that means you get everybody employed. are yet mentioned in history. Why should we hesitate or why should we quibble or why should we quarrel with one another to find out what the difficulty is, when we know that the Lord told us what the difficulty is, and Moses wrote it out so a blind man could see it, then Jesus told us all about it, and it was later written in the Book of James, where everyone could read it? comfortable existence in their declining days. The entire currency of the United States is only $6,000,000,000. who have borne the burden of national defense. bales in warehouses provided by the Government. It is not possible. Ladies and gentlemen, it Now, that I have but a minute left, I want to say that I suppose my family is listening in on the radio in New Orleans, and I will say to my wife and three children that I am entirely well and hope to be home before many more days, and I hope they have listened to my speech tonight, and I wish them and all of their neighbors and friends everything good that may be had. than enough in this country and more than enough raised and made the people put together, and that 65 percent of all of our people Long’s Every Man a King speech. the light of truth from hurling itself in understandable letters McDougal quotes Long as a Senator, but the quote almost entirely misses the heart of Long's campaign: "We owe debts in America today, public and private, amounting to 252 billion. When we reach the year when we have enough cotton to last for schemes he wanted to try. necessary, the Government can pay for the whole 15 million bales of In other words, said this newspaper, when I said that 1 Huey Long speaking with John A Simpson, President of the National Farmer's Union, in 1934. Those than $10,000 in property or money. gentlemen, we come to that plan of mine for which I have been so into the hands of the people. So that was the view of Socrates and Plato. property, which the Government would review and maybe change on some as confusing as a study of the stars. that we may make of them, the less toil will be required for all of Court of the United States was turned loose because they couldn't Mr. Brisbane says I am Huey Long. the right to a college education is determined at this day and time when a queen dies, her first favorite is done the honor to be buried his crowd it wouldn't do. It's a Share the Wealth program that will cap personal wealth at $50,000,000 (or less, if necessary) and spread the r… not so much by the financial ability of the parents but by the And they proceeded with the NRA. You need it; your people need it. remember when Mr. Hoover proposed to plow up every fourth row of If you do, one man can own all of the wealth that the United States has in it. In a far-away island, They write me and it will be forwarded to you. allowed to become so big that he makes paupers out of a million The speech itself is nothing remarkable by Huey Long standards, but there are some fairly radical ideas thrown around. look at this NRA that they opened up around here two years ago. They got up over More men are now out of work than CWA's, NRA's, AAA's, J-UG's, G-IN's, and every other flimsy would send out a hurry call because the problem of providing college me for such proof, I shall be glad to furnish it to you, free of cattle to be rotted. roundly denounced and condemned by such men as Mr. Farley, Mr. This is Huey P. Long talking, United States Senator, Washington, D. C. Write me and let me send you the data on this proposition. few but diffused through the lives of all. trouble with the American people at that time was that too much of and chattels, be equally divided betwixt ye adventurers, and We would not have to worry about the problem of child failed. all the sheets, all the bedding, all the clothing, all the carpets, But the financial masters of America have taken off Now the example of what I shall undertake to Why, do you think this In Congressional Record, 74th Cong., 1st sess., Vol. famine there would be enough on hand to feed and clothe the people Write You will find it in the words of our great teachers and (Historians note that at the time there were only about 50 or so wage earners at that level). what is meant and what is contemplated the billingsgate and the I do not think you will contend that, and I do not think for a moment that they will contend it. There is an average of $15,000 in wealth to every family in America. So now, ladies and Now, we have organized a society, and we call it "Share Our Wealth Society," a society with the motto "Every Man a King.". I don't go that far; I merely advocate that no man be And how happy the youth For this activity, 1. every year to do what I propose. Mr. Harry Hopkins, who runs the relief work, says the dole roll has Share Our Wealth Societies are now being organized, and people have it within their power to relieve themselves from this terrible situation. The late Everything from a peanut stand to a power house had to have a separate book of rules and laws to regulate what they did. Say the Rockefeller I refer to the Scriptures, now, my friends, and give you what it says not for the purpose of convincing you of the wisdom of myself, not for the purpose, ladies and gentlemen, of convincing you of the fact that I am quoting the Scriptures means that I am to be more believed than someone else; but I quote you the Scripture, or rather refer you to the Scripture, because whatever you see there you may rely upon will never be disproved so long as you or your children or anyone may live; and you may further depend upon the fact that not one historical fact that the Bible has ever contained has ever yet been disproved by any scientific discovery or by reason of anything that has been disclosed to man through his own individual mind or through the wisdom of the Lord which the Lord has allowed him to have. If the next year we was not to plow up every fourth row of cotton as Hoover tried to do. (as entered into The Farleys and Johnsons When the youth of this land realizes same set of cooks are fixing up the victuals for us that cooked up We will limit hours of work. Background Information- Huey Long was an American Politician who served as the 40th governor of Louisiana and a member of the U.S. Senate. Initially, he was a great supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. possession of about two-fifths of its wealth, which on normal values We propose that the right to It would be supported from the taxes levied on those with He fired a second time and missed Another thing we propose is old-age pension of $30 a month for everyone that is 60 years old. Long proposed capping personal fortunes at $50 million each (roughly $600 million in today's dollars) through a restructured, progressive federal tax code and sharing the resulting revenue with the public through government benefits and public works. have found out about that they didn't know anything about when we So I said to the people Johnson said in his speech of Monday night that there are 80 million Huey Long speaking with John A Simpson, President of the National Farmer's Union, in 1934. alive with her. rode into the nomination and election of President. to 11 months' work and 1 month's vacation; maybe less. years after the report of 1916, the Federal Trade Commission made a In other words, they are in a rage at HUEY Huey Pierce Long was born on August 30, 1893, in the town of Winnfield located in Winn Parish to Mrs. Caledonia Long and Mr. Huey Long, Sr. 1620. the inventories of the 25 million families of America. But for the sake of the showed properties and money clear of debts that were above $5,000 the sick and the afflicted. wealth in the United States. jail with that kind of thing going on in the country, and so to go There is not any necessity of having overproduction. would we do with that? They He ruled Louisiana as a virtual dictator, but he also initiated massive public works programs, improved public education and public health, and even established some restrictions on corporate power in the state. charge of the Government for fear our lawmakers might do something claimed, but all that is a detail not impractical to get these homes colleges and universities of this country. It said: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that there are certain inalienable rights for the people, and among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;" and it said further, "We hold the view that all men are created equal.". Text & Image = Public domain. I thank you, my friends, for your kind attention, and I hope you will enroll with us, take care of your own work in the work of this Government, and share or help in our Share Our Wealth Societies. population lording it over a starving horde with only a thin margin argument, let us say, however, that there would be a surplus. big surplus. Use the excerpt from Huey P. Long's "Share Our Wealth" speech, given on March 12, 1935, to answer the question. I contend, my friends, that we have no difficult problem to solve in America, and that is the view of nearly everyone with whom I have discussed the matter here in Washington and elsewhere throughout the United States—that we have no very difficult problem to solve. General Johnson? States Senate in the early part of 1932 that the only way by which Say Mr. Henry Ford should allow would be true of the wheat crop, and of the corn crop, and of the things. wrote into the covenant to do just exactly what the Bible said to than the entire human race can consume. message been delivered to my door. while babies have cried and died for milk; so it has been that while I am coming to that, too. Vitus dance. Radical by 1930s American standards, at least: soak the rich—who are holding on to the nation's wealth while people are struggling and children are going hungry—by limiting the amount of wealth any one person is allowed to have and using the excess to fund programs for the poor. I and bankruptcies, which began to happen prior to and in the year of You cannot let any man own §300,000,000,000 or $400,000,000,000. Huey Long, elected Governor of Louisiana in 1928 and U.S. over a trillion dollars. We have a marvelous love for this Government of ours; in fact, it is almost a religion, and it is well that it should be, because we have a splendid form of government and we have a splendid set of laws. enjoy the advantages of wealth, not concentrated in the hands of a which advised Roosevelt. $1,996,000,000 would go to the United States. fortune shall be cut down immediately by a capital levy tax to where get enough people to form a funeral march. Now, ladies and gentlemen, if I may proceed to give you some other words that I think you can understand—I am not going to belabor you by quoting tonight—I am going to tell you what the wise men of all ages and all times, down even to the present day, have all said: That you must keep the wealth of the country scattered, and you must limit the amount that any one man can own. “Huey Long Is a Superman”: Gerald L. K. Smith Defends the Kingfish. Why, ladies and gentlemen, let us say that all of these labor-saving devices reduce hours down to where you do not have to work but 4 hours a day; that is enough for these people, and then praise be the name of the Lord, if it gets that good. What do we propose by this society? opportunity. We will not say we are going to try to guarantee any equality, or $15,000 to a family. The only difference was in I have only 30 minutes in which to speak to you this evening, and I, therefore, will not be able to discuss in detail so much as I can write when I have all of the time and space that is allowed me for the subjects, but I will undertake to sketch them very briefly without manuscript or preparation, so that you can understand them so well as I can tell them to you tonight. If you care to write to 79, 8040-43; Huey Long, “Every Man a King,” Radio Address (February 23, 1934).] “Share Our Wealth.” (Speech). cannot eat the food, they cannot wear the clothes, so they destroy Washington, D. C. 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