• “Equal rights to all, special privileges to none.” That is our motto. • What you have just seen here is an example of the current state of over a million devastated farmers in your country. Yes, your country. The government is, in fact, depriving farmers of what rights they really deserve. • My name is Leonidas Polk, president of the Farmer’s Alliance. In the 1880s, I saw the deprivation that most farmers (including myself and this one here today) were facing and saw the need for change. • Farmers are the backbone of the economy, and therefore are very important. I started this Alliance after the Grange declined hoping to unite farmers as one group for the greater good. I see the need for reform because the devastated farmers seem to get no help from our country. So, let me ask you, is our country really a republic of the people if a large part of the population are farmers? • No, it is not a republic at the moment. In fact, our government is
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