Huey Long is resurrecting before our very eyes pic.twitter.com/CmogePNwDB— THE KINGFISH (@The_Kingfish__) January 19, 2021
Lest anyone misrepresent Huey. I’m here to inb4 you. He wasn’t a conservative, he wasn’t a Republican, and he hated both. He hated his fellow Democrats too. He was a 3rd positionist and a populist revolutionary pic.twitter.com/cykHruzN52— Queenfish Sadie Long (@MrsHueyLong) January 19, 2021
We are mainstreaming Huey Long, folks— Pedro L. Gonzalez (@emeriticus) January 19, 2021
Every man a king.— Pete D’Abrosca (@pdabrosca) January 19, 2021
Well, that just happened.
We’re reviving Longism in 2021.
Since everyone is now interested in Huey Long, this is an excerpt from one of his most famous speeches from when he ran for governor in 1928. There are striking similarities between Louisiana in the 1920s in the wake of the demagogue Gov. John Parker and the later rise of Huey Long.
The Evangeline Speech
“Long’s platform was summarized in a famous 1928 campaign speech delivered in St. Martinville, La., under the Evangeline Oak, the subject of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
“…It is here under this oak where Evangeline waited for her lover, Gabriel, who never came. This oak is an immortal spot, made so by Longfellow’s poem, but Evangeline is not the only one who has waited here in disappointment.
Where are the schools that you have waited for your children to have, that have never come?
Where are the roads and the highways that you send your money to build, that are no nearer now than ever before?
Where are the institutions to care for the sick and disabled?
Evangeline wept bitter tears in her disappointment, but it lasted only through one lifetime. Your tears in this country, around this oak, have lasted for generations. Give me the chance to dry the eyes of those who still weep here.”
Here’s a relevant excerpt from Huey’s Long autobiography:
“We managed to break what our opponents called the “solid North Louisiana vote.” It gave a slight majority for Parker. He was elected.
Governor Parker immediately addressed me a few letters, taking occasion to thank me for the support which I had given to his candidacy.
Before his inauguration, however, I was shelved. …”
“It was here I saw occur a phenomenon that has frequently presented itself in the after years. Those of us, zealous for reform and who had exhausted ourselves in the election, hied back to our work to give attention to our several neglected affairs. The crowd of wiseacres, skilled at flattery and repartee, surrounded our newly elected governor. Soon he was convinced that his insurmountable virtue alone had wrought the victory; before long he was made to see how much bigger his majority might have been but for the “hindrance” of such “objectionables” as myself.
The elements he had defeated, always in his easy view, broke into ecstasies of delight at which they had so lately found to be his words of wisdom. They had felt a divine spark. When the slaves of the campaign had the time to visit him, the element we had expected to oust were needed to introduce us to our late candidate.
He made his own program with the help of Standard Oil lawyers, who had been called in to write some of the laws affected that Corporation. He appeared to desire only such legislation as was agreed to in compromise on all sides.
Cain became his own judge. …”
Has anyone noticed that Huey Long would crush Joe Biden in 2024?
Can we get Sen. Huey Long on the phone?
Surely, the populists can do better than Donald Trump?
Note: The only problem is that Huey Long died before his time in 1935. We don’t yet have a candidate who can fill those shoes and run in his lane.