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by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910), as Mark Twain
The Tyranny of Party
I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. Look at the tyranny of party -- at what is called party allegiance, party loyalty -- a snare invented by designing men for selfish purposes -- and which turns voters into chattles, slaves, [and] rabbits, and all the while their masters, and they themselves are shouting rubbish about liberty, independence, freedom of opinion, freedom of speech, honestly unconscious of the fantastic contradiction; and forgetting or ignoring that their fathers and the churches shouted the same blasphemies a generation earlier when they were closing their doors against the hunted slave, beating his handful of humane defenders with Bible texts and billies, and pocketing the insults and licking the shoes of his Southern master.
- by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910), as Mark Twain, a composite of texts from The Character of Man, Mark Twain's autobiography [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "The Tyranny of Party", 2009 [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]
This text was added to the website: 2009-11-22
Line count: 15
Word count: 133