"Those Who Own the Property Should Rule."
This was the startling title of a leading editorial in
the Raleigh Post, one of the leading dailies, if not the
leading one - of the Democratic party in this State, on
Oct. 22. This is stratling because it is a confession. To
use a homely phrase, it "lets the cat out of the bag."
This is a temporary raising of the sheep's clothing and
gives us a temporary view of the hyprocratical wolf within.
"Those who own the property should rule." This is
the law of the new Aristocratic party in this State, misnamed,
the Democratic. Yes, it has come to this: the dollar is greater
than the man, and money better than manhood. This is monopoly's
view and this is the view taken by the so called Democratic
leaders of this State.
Money must rule. Intelligence, patriotism, virtue, religion
- these are nothing. Corporations, trusts, combines - these
be your gods, ob Isreal. The poor struggling farmer raising
his five cent cotton and striving in his humble way to serve
as best he can his country and his God does not own the
property and he must not rule - he must serve.
"Those who own the property must rule." The wishes
of the Southern Railway, the of the American Tobacco Company,
of the Sugar Trust must be respected - when the great railway
corporation says "I want more money; raise passenger
rates so I can squeeze more out of the people" - passenger
rates must be raised - the railroad corporation "owns
property" and "those who own the property must
When the various trusts say to a Democratic legislature: "Pass
this bill," or "kill this bill," their orders
must be obeyed because they own property and
"Those who own property must rule." The first step
toward this is the cry of negro. The monopolists know there
is no negro rule. But the negro is poor and "those who
own property must rule." Hence they will under pretense
of disfranchising the negro, disfranchise at the same time
the poor white man. Then, indeed, "those who own property
will rule," and the purpose of the Post and other "nigger
yellers" will have been accomplished.
We do not believe there is a Democratic negro yelling orator
in the State more opposed to negro domination than we, -
not one who is a more earnest advocate of white supremacy
than we. But we have read both sides, we have looked up
their record, and are convinced that it is a hypocritical
cry hatched up for the purpose of deceiving the voters,
in order to elect a legislature which will be the tool of
plutocracy - of the moneyed men, and that will give us an
election law, whose meaning shall be "those who own
property must rule."
This is what we are fighting: we are honest in this fight,
and we are earnest in it. We beg every voter to consider carefully
the great question before him.
To realize that "nigger" is only a campaign cry
you have only to recall that six months ago you heard nothing
of "nigger domination," and that the leading "nigger
howler" in the State, the News and Observer, then declared
that the "negro" was a minor issue ; that financial
reform was the " paramount issue " and that if silver
leaders did not have patriotism, wisdom and statesmanship enough
to drop minor issues, such as the negro question and wage the
fight on the paramount issue that we must live and die under
the crushing domination of the gold standard. Now the Democratic
leaders have proved their insincerity on the paramount issue
and the same newspaper slave of party is yelling itself to
death over a "minor issue in order that the people may
live and die under the crushing domination of the gold standard."
How have the mighty fallen!
Yes, "Those who own the property must rule"-
that is the meaning of the "nigger cry." The poor
negro as a political factor must go and the poor white man
will go with him or go soon after. Mark our prediction.
And again we say think well before you cast your vote, or
you may regret your rashness when regrets will be of no
avail. If you do not care if property becomes of more importance
than patriotism, manhood than money, and "property
owners than patriots," then you need not worry; if
otherwise, we advise caution.
"Men deal unadvisedly sometimes, Which after hours
give leisure to repent." - Progressive Farmer.