The Single-Issue Party

The custom-house code of morals under our beautiful tariff system
The custom-house code of morals under our beautiful tariff system

THE BATTLE CRY, PROTECTION.

Air — “Battle Cry of Freedom.”

For America and freedom we take the field again
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!
And rally round our banner, a host of busy men
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!

Chorus.

America forever! Hurrah, boys, hurrah!
Down with the bandanna and up with the stars,
While we rally round the flag, boys, rally once again
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!

Free trade and English wages we never can endure,
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!
Our land is for Americans, alike for rich and poor,
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!

Chorus — America forever! etc.

For Harrison and Morton we’ll rally round the flag,
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!
And drive the foe before us with their red bandanna rag,
Shouting the battle cry, Protection!

Chorus — America, forever! etc.


Notes:

Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton were the Republican candidates for president and vice-president in 1888.  “Protection” was the protective tariff, which was the Republicans’ grand panacea.  Times are good?  Raise the tariff!  Times are bad?  Raise the tariff!

The bandanna was the red bandanna of Allen G. Thurman, Democratic vice-presidential candidate, on which he frequently blew his nose.

The Democrats favored lowering the tariff, if not actual Free Trade (which was seen as an English plan to dump cheap goods in America and so destroy American workers).


Tomorrow: Oh, Grover C, My Jo Grove.

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