I am a Democrat and not a Revolutionist

  • I am a Democrat, but I am not a revolutionist.

  • Sen. David Bennett Hill

    My mission here today is to unite, not to divide—

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  • to build up, not to destroy—

  • to plan for victory, not to plot for defeat.

  • The question which this convention is to decide is:

  • What is the best position to take at this time on the financial question?

  • In a word, the question presented is between international bimetallism and local bimetallism.

  • Sen. David Bennett Hill

    If there are any different points in it, they are not represented either in the majority or in the minority report.

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  • I therefore start out with this proposition, that the Democratic Party stands today in favor of gold and silver as the money of the country;

  • that it stands in favor neither of a silver standard nor of a gold standard, but that we differ as to the means to bring about the result.

  • Those whom I represent and for whom I speak— the sixteen minority members of the committee— insist that we should not attempt the experiment of the free and unlimited coinage of silver without cooperation of other great nations.

  • Sen. David Bennett Hill

    It is not a question of patriotism, it is not a question of courage, it is not a question of loyalty, as the majority platform speaks of it.

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  • The minority has thought it was simply a question as to whether we were able to enter on this experiment.

  • It is a question of business.

  • It is a question of finance.

  • It is a question of economics.

  • It is not a question which men, ever so brave, can solve.

  • Sen. David Bennett Hill

    I think, Mr. President, that the safest and best course for this convention to have pursued was to take the first step forward in the great cause of monetary reform by declaring in favor of international bimetallism.

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  • I know that it is said by enthusiastic friends that America can mark out a course for herself.

  • I know that that idea appeals to the pride of the average American, but I beg to remind you that if that suggestion be carried out to its legitimate conclusion, you might as well do away with our international treaties.