Adopted at the Omaha Con erence of Laboring People
Assembled upon the one hundred and sixteenth anniversary of the de
claration of independence, the peoples party of America, in their first na
tional convention, invoking upon their action the blessing of almighty
God, puts forth in the name and on behalf of the people of this country,
the following preamble and declaration of principles:
The conditions which surround us beet justify our co-operation. We meet
in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material
ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box, the legislatures, the congress, and
touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized. Most
of the states have been compelled to isolate the voters at the polling places
to prevent universal intimidation or bribery. The newspapers are largely
'Subsidized or muzzled, public opinion silenced, business prostrated, our
homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concen
trating in the hands of the capitalists. The urban workmen are denied the
right of organization for self protection; imported pauperized labor beats
down their wages; a hireling standing armv, unrecognized by our laws, is
established to shoot them down, and they are rapidlv degenerating into
European conditions. The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to
build up collosal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of man
kind, and the possessors of these, in turn, despise the republic and endanger
liberty. From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice we breed
the two great classes—tramps and millionaires.
The national power to create money is appropriated to enrich bondhold
ers. A vast public debt payable in legal tender currency has been funded
into gold-bearing bonds, thereby adding millions to the burdens of the peo
Silver, which has been accepted as coin since the dawn of history, has
been demonetized to add to the purchasing power of gold by decreasing
the value of all forms of property, as well as human labor, and the supply
of currency is purposely abridged to fatten usurers, bankrupt enterprise
and enslave industry. A vast conspiracy against mankind has been or-
Sanized on two continents and is rapidly taking: possession of the world.
not met and overthrown at once it forebodes terrible social convulsions,
the destruction of civilization, or the establishment of an absolute despot
We have witnessed for more than a century the struggles of the two
Keat political parties for power and plunder, while grevious wrongs have
en inflicted upon the suffering people. We charge that the controlling
Influences dominating both these parties have permitted the existing dread
ful conditions to develop without serious effort to prevent or restrain them.
Neither do they now promise us any substantial reform. They have agreed
together to ignore in the coming campaign every issue but one. They pro
pose to drown the outcries of plundered people with the uproar of a sham
battle over the tariff, so that capitalists, corporations, national banks,
ffings, trusts, watered stock, the demonetization of silver, and the oppres
sions of the usurers may all be lost sight of. They propose to sacrifice our
homes, lives and children on the altar of Mammon; to destroy the multi
tude in order to secure corruption funds from the millionaires.
Assembled on the anniversary of the birthday of the nation, and filled
with the spirit of the grand generation who established our independence,
we seek to restore the government of the republic to the hands of “the plain
people” with which class it originated.
We assert our purposes to be identical with the purposes of the nation
al constitution—“To form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure
domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the gener
al welfare and secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posteri
ty ” We declare that this republic can only endure as a free government
while built upon the love of the whole people for each other and for the na
tion; that it cannot be pinned together by bayonets; that the civil war is
over, and that every passion and resentment which grew out of it must die
w 'ta ic and that we must be in fact, as we are in name, one united brother
hood of freemen.
Our country finds itself confronted by conditions for which there is no
precedent in the history of the world —our annual agricultural productions
amount to billions of dollars in value, which must within a few weeks or
months be exchanged for billions of dollars of commodities consumed in their
productiou; the existing currency supply is wholly inadequate to make this
exchange; the results are falling prices, the formation of combines and rings
and the impoverishment of the producing class. We pledge ourselves that
if given power we will labor to coi rect these evils by wise and reasonable
legislation in accordance with the terms of our platform.
We believe that the powers of government—in other words, of the peo
pie—should be expanded (as in the case of the postal service) as rapidly
and as far as the good sense of an intelligent people and the teachings of
experience shall justify, to the end that oppression, injustice and poverty
shall eventually cease in the land.
While oar sympathies as a party of reform are naturally upon the side
of every proposition which will tend to make men intelligent, virtuous and
temperate, we nevertheless regard these questions, important as they are,
as secondary to the great issues now pressing for solution, and upon which
not only our individual prosperity but the very existence of free institu
tions depend; and we ask all men to first help us to determine whether we
ore to have a republic to administer before we differ as to the conditions
upon which it is to be administered, believing that the forces of reform this
day organized will never cease to move forward until every wrong is rem
eu ied and equal rights and equal privileges securely established for all the
men and women of the country.
We declare, therefore—
First, That the union of the labor forces of the United States, this day
consummated, shall be permanent and perpetual. May its spirit enter in
to all hearts for the salvation of th& republic and the uplifting of mankind.
Second, Wealth belongs to him who creates it, and every dollar taken
r ,om industry Without an equivalent is robbery. “If any will not work,
neither shall he eat.” The interests of rural and civic labor are the same;
their enemies are identical.
Third, We believe that the time has come when the railroad corporations
will either own them the people or the people must own them and should the
government enter upon the work of owning and managing any or all rail
roads we should favor an amendment to the constitution by which all per
sons engaged in the government service shall be placed under a civil service
regulation of the most rigid character, so as to prevent the increase of the
power of the national administration by the use of such additional gov
Ist. We demand a national currency, safe, sound and flexible, issued
by the general government only, a full legal tender for all debts, public and
private, and that without the use of banking corporations; a just, equit
able and efficient means of distribution, direct to the people, at a tax not
exceeding 2 per cent, be provided, as set forth in the subtreasury plan of the
farmers alliance, or some better system; also, by payments in discharge
of its obligations for public improvements.
a. We demand free and unlimited coinage of silver and gold at the
present legal ratio of 16 to 1.
b. We demand that the amount of circulating medium be speedily in
leased to not less than SSO per capita.
c. We demand a graduated income tax.
d. We believe that the money of the country should be kept as much
as possible in the hands of the people, and hence we demand that all state
and national revenue shall be limited to the necessary expenses of the
government, economically and honestly administered.
e. We demand that postal savings banks be established by the govern
ment for the safe deposit of the earnings of the people, and to facilitate
Second—Transportation being a means of exchange and a public neces
sity, the government should own and operate the railroads in the interests
of the people.
a. The telegraph and telephone, like the postoffice system, being a ne
cessity for the .transmission of news, should be owned and operated by
the government in the interest of the people.
Third—The land, including all the natural resources of wealth, is the
heritage of all the people, and should not be monopolized for speculative
purposes, and alien ownership of land should be prohibited. All land now
held by railroads and other corporations in excess of their actual needs,
and all lands now owned by aliens, should be reclaimed by the govern
ment and held for actual settlers only.
Whereas other questions have been presented for our consideration,
we hereby submit the following, not as a part of the platform of the peo
ples party, but as resolutions expressive of the sentiment of this conven
First—Resolved, That we demand a, free ballot and a fair count in all
,electioi\s ar.d pledge ourselves to secure it to every legal voter without
Ju/g 4th, 1892.
THE OLD PARTIES ARRAIGNED.
THE WAR IS OVER
SUPPLEMENT TO THE PLATFORM.
Austrairan^^te^y^ ol^011 * theßtateeof the
Second-Resolved, That the revenue derived from a graduated income
tax should be applied to the reduction of the burden of taxation now rest
mg upon the domestic industries of this country.
Third—Resolved, That we pledge our support to fair and liberal pen
sions to ex-union soldiers and sailors.
Fourth—Resolved, That we condemn the fallacy of protecting American
labor under the present system, which opens our ports to the pauper and
criminal classes of the world, and crowds out our wage earners; and we de
nounce the present ineffective laws against contract labor, and demand
the further restriction of undesirable immigration.
Fifth—Resolved, That we cordially sympathize with the efforts of or
ganized workingmen to shorten the hours of labor, and demand a rigid
enforcement of the existing eight-hour law op government work, and ask
that a penality, clause be added to the said law.
Sixth Resolved, That we regard the maintenance of a large standing
army of mercenaries, known as the Pinkerton system, as a menace to our
liberties, and we demand its abolition; and we condemn Che recent inva
sion of the territory of Wyoming by the hired assassins of plutocracy, as
sisted by federal oflScials.
r ,^ Resolved, That we commend to the favorable consideration
or the people and the reform press the legislative system known as the in
itiative and referendum.
~ Eighth—Resolved, That we favor a constitutional provision limiting
the omce of president and vice president to one term, and providing for
the election of senators of the United States by a direct vote of the people.
. m th Resolved, That we oppose any subsidy or national aid to any
private corporation for any purpose.
Resolved, That this convention sympathizes with the Knights of La
bor m their righteous contest with the tyrannical combine of clothing
manufacturers of Rochester, and declare it to be the duty of all who hate
tyranny and oppression to refuse to purchase the goods made by the said
manufacturers or to patronize any merchants who sell such goods.
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