THE REPUBLICAN PLATFORM.
The principles of the Republicans of Massachusetts are as well known as the Commonwealth itself; well known as the Republic; well known as Liberty; well known as Justice.
Chief among them are:
An equal share in government for every citizen;
Best possible wages for every workman;
The American markets for American labor;
Every dollar paid by the Government, both the gold and silver dollars of the Constitution, and their paper representatives, honest and unchanging in value and equal to every other;
Better immigration laws;
Better naturalization laws;
No tramp, Anarchist, criminal or pauper to be let in, so that citizenship shall not be stained or polluted.
Sympathy with Liberty and Republican government at home and abroad;
The flag never lowered or dishonored;
No surrender in Samoa;
No barbarous Queen beheading men in Hawaii;
No punishment without trial;
Faith kept with the pensioner;
No deserving old soldier in the poor house;
The suppression of dram drinking and dram selling;
A school at the public charge open to all the children, and free from partisan or sectarian control;
No distinction of birth or religious creed in the rights of American citizenship;
Devotion paramount and supreme to the country and to the flag;
Reform of old abuses;
Leadership along loftier paths;
Minds ever open to the sunlight and the morning, ever open to new truth and new duty as the new years bring their lessons.
The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) Oct 23, 1894
[excerpt – Senator Hoar‘s speech]
“If you are willing to take for security the promise of a party upon which no man can safely bank and which no man can safely discount, then vote the Democratic ticket. If you will trust a party which has always done better than it promised then vote the Republican ticket. If you wish to join the party of slavery and disunion, of rebellion of bankruptcy, of failure and despair then vote the Democratic ticket. If you wish to join a party of progress, of union, of freedom and victory and hope, then vote the Republican ticket.
“If you want the mortgage on your house foreclosed you had better vote the Democratic ticket. If you want it paid off you had better vote the Republican. If you want wages to go down, then vote the Democratic ticket. If you want wages to go up then vote the Republican ticket. If you like three days’ work in the week better than six then vote the Democratic ticket. If you like six days better than three then vote the Republican. If you like to have two men for one job vote the Democratic ticket. If you like to have two jobs for one man, then vote the Republican ticket. If you want your mills managed by college professors, then vote the Democratic ticket. If you want them managed by business men, then vote the Republican ticket.”
The Fitchburg Sentinel (Fitchburg, Massachusetts) Oct 19, 1894