The year was 1932, it was election time and Eugene Talmadge decided he would throw his hat into the ring for Georgia Governor. It wasn’t long before he dominated the race due to his personality and the strong bonds he built with the farmers while Commissioner of Agriculture in the late 20’s. Talmadge didn’t have as much backing as when he was Commissioner of Agriculture due to the bureaucrats. Plus, the big money urbanites thought snobbishly that Talmadge was ‘too much of a bumpkin and redneck’ for their city tastes. Talmadge wouldn’t forget that, neither.
Campaign Trail 1932
Talmadge was a master on the campaign trail which made his campaigns legendary. He loved the campaigning and so did the poor ruralites. He gave them a good time to have fun after a back-breaking day of work in the fields to hear ol’ Gene speak. He was far and away the most entertaining man running for Georgia governor that year. This shouldn’t be taken in the modern way of bread & circus. You know what I mean, the “muh football” crowd. No, this is more likened to a good old-fashioned Southern revival with some barbecue mixed in. One must remember this was the height of the Great Depression and rural white Georgians had it bad. These were your old-time farmers who worked hard from dawn to dusk to make ends meet.
This was a time for the rural Georgians to come out as a community and have some rare fun and get some free food. The most memorable event was the Telfair County 4th of July rally where huge amounts of flavorsome barbecue were made days in advance for the hungry Talmadgites. Described as “…never before in Telfair County history had such excitement and energy been generated…” (Anderson 68). The place was as packed as any Talmadge rallies would ever be. In fact, one could say this marked a resurgence of interest in politics for rural Georgians. Vocal statesmen are something that we Southern folk crave. Not the weak-kneed, soft-talking neocons like Nancy-boy Lindsey Graham or Gov. Nathan “Double” Deal. Talmadge was the man who the forgotten white Georgian could vent their frustrations, while having a hell of a time doing so. This conjures up the image of Trump and his 2016 campaign. The difference being that Talmadge wasn’t just talk, but was also action. As we’ll come to see, Talmadge was truly our guy!
The campaign issues were little except for the 3 dollar tax which Talmadge zealously supported saying, “I do not know of anything that would help the people more and help business more” and the Cotton Holiday. This was an idea Talmadge got from Huey Long. From then on, Talmadge religiously pushed for it believing it would bump the cotton prices up. Talmadge was a firm advocate of cotton.
By August it was the eve of the White Primary (which basically decided who would win in Georgia since the GOP was non-existent at that time). Talmadge had made over 50 speeches and spoken to over 75,000 Georgians (Anderson 78). He had declared to a mass of farmers that “You farmers haven’t had anyone speak to you since Tom Watson” and a reporter even said, “The statement struck fire from the crowd.” One man yelled, “We got you now Gene!” (Anderson 78). When the White Primary occurred on September 13th, Talmadge dominated – winning 264 against the 146 county votes of all his rivals combined. He won 114 counties out of 159, dominating in rural Georgia.
Governor Talmadge 1933-1937
On January 10th, 1933, Gene was sworn in as Governor of Georgia. Gene would, from the beginning, be blocked by the do-nothing state legislature, similar to how Trump’s plans are constantly shut down by the Marxist political activist judges in our time. Gene however, wasn’t one to stop at Tweeting and then move on to shilling and fill the rest of his term with tax cuts for the rich. No, Gene had no time to play “4D chess”. One must understand that since Georgia was a one-party state, men were elected on their personality and their personal platform. With Talmadge, this was especially the case. One of the opposing state legislators was quoted as saying “Talmadge was elected on a 3 dollar tag platform and we were not.” (Anderson 31).
Like the modern GOP, the ol’ Democrat party was a big tent party and it was more complex than “tHe DeMoCrATs Are DuH WEEL RacISTS”. So, Talmadge’s platform was soon whipped in the state legislature. “Gene’s planks fell one by one. The House refused to pass his reduced ad valorem and utility rates and his badly needed highway organization bill died in the Senate. The cherished three dollar tag did not survive the Senate either.” (Anderson 85). However, Talmadge was no pushover and would in turn veto 40 out of 200 Bills that the state legislators sent him.
One of the few things passed was a bill for the aging Confederates which no legislator dared oppose and it’s highly doubtful they would if they could. Governor Talmadge heavily pushed for the bill. He was one who heavily gloried (rightly so) his Confederate heroes. Talmadge also wanted to get bills passed to keep the younger folks of Georgia in the fields so they could keep their ties with the land. Talmadge rightly worried about the number of young people leaving to go to the northern cities where they could be brainwashed and take work in Yankee sweat shops.
In April, Talmadge would order that taxes on motors be dropped down to three dollars, overriding the House and Senate. In May 1933, Talmadge would take on Highway Board Chairman Barnett and attempted to fire many of the bums who wasted funds. The highway department was filled with your typical lazy government employees and Talmadge wanted to fix our terrible highway roads. Chairmen Barnett sneakily hinted that he might cut federal funds if Talmadge didn’t back off, but Talmadge wasn’t one to back down. Talmadge loved a good fight, both physically and politically, he had since he was a mere boy. He wasn’t your typical conservative who could be ran off like a scared rabbit by threats of cutting federal funding.
In June, Talmadge would leave for Flag Day to head up to New York. Reports spread that Talmadge might put the capitol under military occupation. Georgia National Guardsmen were seen roaming the capitol grounds with machine guns. The Highway Board had been seen taking money for a legal case against Talmadge in Federal Court. “It was noted that Gene’s New York entourage included four smartly dressed national guardsmen. When asked by reporters about the sight of armed men on state grounds and the movement of money, Gene would only smile and say “military matters must necessarily be secret” (Anderson 89). Gene was playing a masculine card from the arsenal of his governorship. Something that we rarely see now. Imagine if Trump grew a pair and started placing troops on the streets of D.C. to throw out the DACA scumbag protesters and strong-arm Congress. Talmadge wasn’t done yet, but the pompous highway bureaucrat Barnett wasn’t impressed.
On June 13th, Talmadge declared martial law alarming the do-nothing urbanites in Atlanta. Talmadge was done playing games with Barnett and was going to personally take over the Highway Department. Talmadge then cited a list of grievances he had against the Board of Directors of the Highway Department, including the fact that the board was cutting the lower employees’ salaries. He called the board out for profiteering, then when two board members, Vereen and the leader Barnett, decided to make a run for it, Talmadge called them out as “abiding and abetting…practices circulated to incite insurrection”. Governor Talmadge was going to make sure he fulfilled his promises that he would help the rural farmers no matter what. Barnett would go crying that he was still the head of the department to the superior courts. Deputy Sheriff Sidney Wooton came to give Talmadge the order of the court to which Talmadge, pissed off, ordered Adjutant General Lindsey Camp to arrest the deputy!
The whole thing would play itself out in Federal courts, Talmadge would order for military guards be given to him and the Treasure and Comptroller at all times. The main thing to get with this is “Gene had exploded on the scene like a thunderbolt.” (Anderson 90). Talmadge was going to make sure he did what he promised no matter what the cost. One might notice how many times we’ve had sly two-faced politicians run and dog-whistle us with defending our social order, but then turn around and do nothing but shill for their filthy rich donors. Talmadge’s battle with the Highway Board is exactly what Trump should be doing in D.C. right now. Of course, Trump has basically sold us out at this point and as we all knew nothing was going to happen through the crooked American Weimar system.
Talmadge understood you must use force to get a do-nothing system to move. At the same time, Talmadge was taking up the battle for the common man of Georgia and provided a means to vent their anger at the political elite of the time. Talmadge’s first year in office is something we wanted and should have got with Mr. Trump, but we didn’t. This is why we push continue to push for Southern independence.
We are done being betrayed by a Federal system controlled by rich (((oligarchs))) who HATE us and SEEK to REPLACE US!
-By Richard Ewell, Georgia Nationalist