The Great Commoner

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"The Great Commoner" is an achievement available in the vanilla 1896 scenario. It requires the player character to win over 330 electoral votes as William Jennings Bryan on normal difficulty. The achievement name is based on how WJB was often called "The Great Commoner"

Guide: (VP: Henry Teller)

1. I am 100% committed to the coinage of silver. It's important however, that we strike a moderate tone on other issues to expand our appeal as widely as we can.

2. Perhaps if our goal is to prevent drinking on Sunday, or public drunkenness, I am all for those measures. But a blanket temperance law is a different story.

3. New York is a traditional Democratic stronghold, and I'm confident that the people of that state will support my message. We will campaign there extensively.

4. The Democratic idea has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them. We need to help our farmers and our workers by allowing the coinage of silver.

5. McKinley's support of high tariffs is a crime which strangles American commerce. Similar protectionist programs have twice been rejected by American voters in the past ten years alone.

6. In limited areas where we have new industries forming, tariffs can be higher. They should be low on most products.

7. I support the free, unlimited coinage of silver at the current market price of 30-to-1 against gold. This ratio should be frequently adjusted to match actual prices in order to avoid another run on the Treasury's gold supply.

8. This was the act of a tyrant. Pullman was engaged in abominable business practices, and in the darkest hour Cleveland cast his lot with the company over the working man.

9. We need to keep it simple. Our primary goal in this campaign is to win the critical states of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.

10. There is no time for that diversion. Heaven knows what rumors McKinley will spread while I am gone, and winning the Midwest should be our primary focus.

11. We will respect the rights of the states. I call for greater understanding, but certainly not for an overthrow of the natural order.

12. I'm not convinced of the veracity of this theory. It contravenes accepted Christian teaching in a large number of ways.

13. New York and California are important states, and of course I support the uplift of primitive peoples with American influence. What's not to like in this arrangement?

14. Altgeld is free to appear with me at any event, but I will not rearrange my entire schedule to suit his needs.

15. We welcome the support of women and men. Where women are granted the vote, we are confident that they will support our ticket.

16. I believe this is warranted in the industrial trades. Let us not forget that all hands are needed on the farm, not least of all in this day and age.

17. Absolutely not. Can you imagine how it would look if we removed ourselves from the ticket in any state? And for an old man like Palmer?

18. This group is Exhibit A in the dangers of allowing women to become politically active. They are engaged in a naive quest to purify American life from an imagined evil.

19. The poor man is called a socialist if he believes that the wealth of the rich should be divided among the poor, but the rich man is called a financier if he devises a plan by which the pittance of the poor can be converted to his use.

20. Grover Cleveland is a citizen of integrity who has done his best under trying circumstances. He was simply found to be not up to the job.

21. I'm sure that Croker is concerned about the patronage positions his men will receive. Patronage jobs for New York men will be plentiful in my administration.

22. With the new perspectives I bring, I will be in a unique position to ensure clean, honest government at the federal level. McKinley, on the other hand, is a Republican hack who will continue the status quo.

23. We absolutely need a federal program for this purpose. The Bible says that we must love all people -- even those who have been cast aside by our Darwinian industrial machinery.

24. I will speak to the general issues of the future -- free silver, higher wages, worker's rights, an end to child labor, and women's suffrage.

25. Let's make one last general tour of the Midwest. Starting in Ohio, we will travel west and end in North Dakota, before moving down to Nebraska on Election Day.