Republicans Loathe Free Trade

Gen. Benjamin Harrison, of Indiana

Gen. Benjamin Harrison, of Indiana

 


O, GLORIOUS STANDARD!

Air — “Hail Columbia.”

O, glorious standard of the free,
Thou flag of loyal colors three,
Float ever o’er our hearths and homes,
Float ever o’er our hearths and homes,
A sign that we our country love,
All foreign lands and suns above,
Float there and, in the breezes swayed,
Proclaim to all who love Free Trade,
At home, abroad, live where they will,
We cling to Trade Protection still!
Millions to our standard flock,
Workmen stand like solid rock;
Free Trade England cannot shake
Lines that this old flag can make!

Then vote Protection to our mills
And to the land the farmer tills
For foes are threatening to destroy,
For foes are threatening to destroy;
Let Free Trade hide her dastard head
The land is ours on which we tread;
So rally to the standard on,
For he who leads is Harrison;
Let the battle well be fought,
Glory’s best when dearest bought.
Millions to our standard flock,
Workmen stand like solid rock;
Free Trade England cannot shake
Lines that this old flag can make!

Lo, now a mighty people rise
With cheers exulting rend the skies,
Brave Harrison in loud huzzas,
Brave Harrison in loud huzzas,
From east to west the echo rings
And freedom flaps her airy wings,
Rejoiced to see her reign prolonged,
By millions round the hero thronged.
Hoist the banner high in air,
Loyal hearts are everywhere!
Millions to our standard flock,
Workmen stand like solid rock;
Free Trade England cannot shake
Lines that this old flag can make!


Notes:

“Hail Columbia” was the (unofficial) US national anthem until 1931.

“Free Trade” was one of the Democratic positions.  The Republicans didn’t like it.  The Republicans wanted protective tariffs.    Since this is a Republican song….

England was seen as favoring Free Trade, so those who favored free trade themselves would have been considered (at least by the Republicans with their candidate Benjamin Harrison) to be English dupes.


Tomorrow: Gwine To Git Dar.

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