Take a look at this passage from an 1864 letter written by Lincoln to Col. William F. Elkins, Nov. 21, 1864:
“We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.
It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . .
It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes
me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war,
corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places
will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong
its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth
is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety
of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.
God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.”
(The italics are mine)
Interesting isn’t it? You won’t see that quote in any mainstream history book.
Nor will you see the following quotes from Thomas Jefferson:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a monied aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.”
“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
“I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
Lincoln and Jefferson were right. They saw the danger even then. Today, we have precisely the situation they foresaw and the result is the world that we have today where corporate greed and money interests have co-opted and bought the government, bought the courts, and are using U.S. power, reputation, and military might to further their profit interests. Today, they have their way with us, the people. The United States is no longer “Of the People, By the People, and For the People. The biggest corporations and special interests, pharma, Cargill, Exxon, and their 30,000 lobbyists call the shots in Washington and the “People” are led to believe that they still have a choice in their affairs. You don’t. As George Carlin says, “It’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.”