He was enormously popular. He was about to run for president, and he was shot and killed, under circumstances that remain murky to this day.
Three decades later, there was a wave of assassinations of American progressives. JFK, RFK, MLK, Malcolm, Lennon, JFK Jr, Wellstone -- all these men were charismatic progressives. Less war, more sharing of the wealth. None of their deaths has been convincingly explained, and for some of them, the stories that came out of official accounts are laughably full of contradictions and impossibilities.
There were countless others, just as visionary, but perhaps perceived as less of a threat, and they found ways to sideline their political careers without murder. Cynthia McKinney, Dennis Kucinich, Eliot Spitzer, Russ Feingold...
These progressives give us a hint of what American politics would look like if the people's voice were allowed to carry the day. We can restore democracy to America. We will restore democracy to America, and it will change the face of our country and our planet.
Huey Long would have been 125 years old today.
We say to America's 125 millions, 'None shall be too big. None shall be too poor. None shall work too much. None shall be idle.'
They can't shoot us all.