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The Money Question Speech of Hon. John P. Jones, of Nevada, in the Senate of the United States, October 14, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, and 30, 1893 (Classic Reprint)

The Money Question Speech of Hon. John P. Jones, of Nevada, in the Senate of the United States, October 14, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, and 30, 1893 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Money Question Speech of Hon. John P. Jones, of Nevada, in the Senate of the United States, October 14, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, and 30, 1893

What a plain confession of preference for the methods of despotism! "Vote first and deliberate afterward!" It is the echo of the command given by the first Napoleon to the representatives of the Allied Powers assembled in Italy. That was a command worthy of a tyrant; but the boundaries of this vast Republic are not broad enough to give it place. If a lawmaking body has but to act first and deliberate afterward, there is no necessity for parliamentary government. What is needed is a Man on Horseback.

A grave subject, sir, needs grave deliberation. In the Senate of France, upon a discussion of monetary standards, Senator Dumas well said:

Those who approach these questions for the first time decide them at once; those who study them with care hesitate; those who are obliged practically to decide, doubt and stop, overwhelmed with the weight of the enormous responsibility.

The very essence of deliberation is - time. This debate, we know, has been most impatiently borne by a small but powerful coterie of men who meet in bank parlors in the great money centers in all the countries of the world, and who, whether residing in the United States or elsewhere, have a profound distrust of popular government and an admiration for Napoleonic methods. The discussion here has been conducted under great disadvantages. The speeches of Senators who favor the gold standard demonstrate that the necessity for protracted sittings in a close atmosphere every working day and many nights during the most enervating season of the year is not conducive to the careful study or painstaking analysis of a great question. Neither is it conducive to clearness of thought or accuracy of expression, without which no complex subject can be intelligently or logically discussed. The total disregard of economic truths and of correct definitions on the part of those Senators demonstrates that they have not had the leisure - for it is not to be conceived that they did not have the desire - to bring to bear upon the subject the learning and ability of which they are in an eminent degree possessed.

To discuss this question in all its broad aspects and implications would require a treatise on political and social economy. The subject must be examined with the laborious methods of the student, and every proposition subjected to the test of reason.

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