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Jimmy Carter

By Natural News Editor

(NaturalNews) Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program[1] that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” (Story by Jon Schwarz, republished from TheIntercept.com.)

Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.

Transcript:

HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?

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By Joshua KrauseThe Daily Sheeple

Last year, Princeton released a shocking study on the nature of American politics. After studying the beliefs of the average American for over 20 years, they found that the policies supported by wealthy interests were much more likely to result in real world legislation, while the beliefs of average and lower-income earners had no significant influence on public policy.

They concluded that the United States is neither a Republic, nor a democracy. Our country is an oligarchy, with a tiny financial elite calling the shots, irrespective of the wishes of the average American.

That fact probably won’t come as a surprise to readers of this website, but have you ever wondered how these elite interests cater to our law makers? What are the nuts and bolts of that process? A recent report from NBC’s Georgia outlet (it’s kind of surprising that this came from a mainstream source) revealed that state legislators meet behind closed doors at a hotel in Savannah, where the corporations write the laws they will later vote on. This is how the American oligarchy really operates.

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Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened. (Story by Michael Krieger, republished from LibertyBlitzKrieg.com)

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History Lesson: America Is the Same ‘Ol Oligarchy It Was over a Century Ago By Aaron Dykes and Melissa  – Truthstream Media

When Americans see charts like this one which illustrate that virtually all the food on grocery store shelves basically comes from no more than 10 megacompanies, or hear statements like this one from our own Attorney General Eric Holder who told the Senate Judiciary Committee that some banks are just too big to prosecute, or check out studies like this one out of Princeton which openly declare we are not a democracy but an oligarchy…it’s kinda hard to believe we aren’t an oligarchy (because we are).

Come on, even our Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (you know, the lady that runs the place that prints our money and sells it to us with interest) has basically admitted it.

But are things really getting worse these days or is this just par for the course — the same course we’ve been on for over a century now?

Tinkering around in an old bookstore in a small Texas town, we came across a set of old books on democracy; we got the first seven volumes of a set entitled, The March of Democracy: A History of the United States written by James Truslow Adams — the guy who coined the term “The American Dream” — for a mere $20.

marchofdemocracy The first book’s copyright is 1932. The last book ends in 1958.

Fascinating stuff…

For example, in volume four “America and World Power,” the book discusses how “Gradually and quite naturally, there grew up the belief in a great conspiracy on the part of the very rich to ruin the poor.”

Read this and tell me — does any of it sound even the least bit familiar to you?

Most strikingly in the public eye were the great Titans of the new business era, the coal and meat “barons” and the copper, railway, steel, and other “kings,” men of the type of the elder J.P. Morgan, of James J. Hill, William H. Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Frick, William H. Clark, and Rockefeller. Such men had certain broad traits in common, differ as they might from each other as individuals. They were men of wide economic but intensely narrow social vision, and of colossal driving power and iron wills. They could lay their economic plans with imperial vision in time and space, but for the effect of their acts on society they cared nothing whatever. They claimed the right to rule the economic destinies of the people in any way that would enure their own personal advantage. Illogically, they insisted upon the theory of laissez-faire for all except themselves, while they demanded and received every favor they wished in the way of special privileges from the government, as in the tariff and the silver purchase Act. The whole machinery of government must be at their disposal when desired — legislation, court decisions, and Federal troops. They combined their business units into “trusts” and combinations of almost unlimited power, yet they insisted on “freedom of contract” when dealing with labor, whose organization in any form they almost wholly refused to sanction.

They never taught you any of that back in school, did they?

That was written, by the way, in 1940; the author was discussing how America was run back in the late 1800s.

Not only is the emphasis on Democracy a distortion of the fact the nation was founded as a Constitutional Republic, where rights are preserved rather than subjected to the whims of the majority, but these passages demonstrate the familiar snow job surrounding the all-but-official banker’s oligarchy that has ruled this country and many others for some time.

In fact, in volume five, “The Record of 1933–1941,” Adams records the death of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., as the end of the era of this great wealth — never to occur again.

On May 23, John D. Rockefeller, Sr., died at the age of 97. Owner at one time of the largest fortune in the world, his lifespan had covered the entire history of American business from before the Civil War… Nearly $350,000,000 are handled by three of the Rockefeller Foundations for education, medical research and other uses. Whatever may be thought as to the methods of accumulating the beginnings of the fortune in a period of different business ethics and social outlook, no other man through his financial gifts has ever so widely benefited mankind. With our income and inheritance taxes no other such fortune will ever again be accumulated, and his death marked the end of an era in American history.

And so that’s the end of the story, kids…

Everything ended happily ever after.

Well, not quite.

Despite appearances, the shift on the part of the Rockefellers and other Robber Barons of the day from outright monopoly to “philanthropic” “non-profit” charity work was not an end to the dominance by the super-rich of the early 2oth Century, but an intensification of their undue influence. The taxation of the wealthy as well as the anti-trust actions of the day, which included busting up megacorpses like Standard Oil and AT&T, were perhaps well meaning but fundamentally failed to reign in the disparity of power.

Instead, new tax laws, in reality, acted to restrict new wealth from reaching the heights of the oligarchy, allowing “the elite” the keep their own, and initiate new members as desired. The tax-free status of many institutions – including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Ford Foundation – allowed the incredibly wealthy to a) shield their fortunes from taxation, b) appear to do good works and boost public opinion of their principle members while c) influencing, writing and developing official public policy through the steering mechanisms of its own tax-free grant making, think tank and research powers. Much social engineering has taken place – with far too little public notice – through these bodies. Additionally, d) many of its directors and board members were in “respectable” positions to shift into official government positions through the revolving door without appearing to be acting on behalf of their corporate masters.

The Reece Committee Hearings, conducted in 1953, attempted to probe the role of tax-free foundations in public life and uncovered many outrageous and conspiratorial actions taking place, including very apparent agendas advancing a one-world corporate-dominated government. However, it did not succeed in a general public understanding of what was taking place, nor did it reign in their powers.

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Yesterday, the markets in gold, silver, oil, steel and other commodities were successfully cornered by the Rothschilds and other top bankers. Under Wall Street direction, and through the powers of the then newly-created Federal Reserve, these titans were able to officially dominate nearly all the important areas of public life, including great expansions in consumer spending and government agency powers. The icons of this magnificent and terrible wealth were John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, E.H. Harriman, Cornelius Vanderbilt and a handful of others.

Today, those icons of wealth are the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim, Larry Ellison, the Koch Brothers, Michael Bloomberg, Steve Jobs (now deceased), the Walton family descendants of Walmart and, again, a handful of others who are largely known for their role in the age of computers, the Internet, telecommunications and electronic devices.

The real wealth, from older robber barons accumulated in land, resources, banking and investment and commodities are still there, but remain under reported on the Forbes’ list of the world’s richest, instead ruling largely from the shadows and influential but secretive groups such as Bilderberg.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the Gates-Buffett led billionaires’ “giving pledge” are keeping in stride with the groundwork laid and continued by the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation. Heavily funded initiatives to push vaccines, birth control, population control, Western-oriented “education,” GMO and corporate-dominated agriculture and the like remain some of the most consequential and troubling policies done in the name of “good” by tax-free entities wielding enormous, nearly incalculable wealth and power.

In short, the myth of “democracy” and freedom in the United States – the beacon around the world – perpetuates, despite a few blemishes. But in reality, the Oligarchy took hold some time ago, has not let up and perhaps never will.

Let that sink in, kids. Take a good look, and let it all sink in.

And don’t forget to read Charlotte Iserbyt’s revealing and TRUE work, loaded with documents and footnotes, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America.

It helps to explain why you don’t know this stuff, why the reigns of power have been stolen from us, and why things are not soon going to get better.

Unfortunately, the late comedic genius George Carlin was all-too-right when he explained the owners of America and why the education system is broken:

And like Carlin said of James Truslow Adams’ American Dream,

“The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

This article first appeared at Truthstream Media: History Lesson: America Is the Same ‘Ol Oligarchy It Was over a Century Ago

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Aaron and Melissa created TruthstreamMedia.com as an outlet to examine the news, place it in a broader context, uncover the deceptions, pierce through the fabric of illusions, grasp the underlying factors, know the real enemy, unshackle from the system, and begin to imagine the path towards taking back our lives, one step at a time, so that one day we might truly be free…

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By Melissa MeltonThe Daily Sheeple

Does your vote really count?

Oh, come on.

Do you really have to ask?

The 2014 midterms aren’t even here yet, and already we have fraud leaking at the seams all over the place.

First it was reported that a “calibration error” in Cook County, Illinois was causing machines to register GOP votes for Democrats. The error was caught after Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan tried to vote for himself and watched his vote register for his Democratic opponent right before his eyes. The same thing happened on several other votes he tried to cast — all turned from Rep. to Dem.

Oops.

Then more reports of calibration errors came out of Maryland, where again, red votes were randomly turning blue. Board officials told the Baltimore CBS affiliate that, “election officials receive similar reports in every election. Post-election analysis has shown that this is caused by voter error. Voters with large fingers or long nails or voters who hold the touchscreen with their palm resting on the screen seem to report this issue more frequently.”

After every election? Every single one? You don’t say. But obviously that’s not cause enough to realize that electronic voting is an iffy way of doing things. Apparently if you have long nails or fat fingers, it’s your fault you can’t vote for the candidates you want.

But Maryland also has another voting issue. Apparently the names of tens of thousands of people who have claimed they are not U.S. citizens on their jury duty forms are the same names turning up in voting booths.

Now an election integrity watchdog has filed a lawsuit in Baltimore’s U.S. District Court against the Frederick County Board of Elections and Maryland State Board of Elections. While the fraud uncovered at this time involves thousands of people, it is believed the practice is actually happening statewide.

No doubt if similar investigations were launched in every state in the nation, the number could add up to millions. Considering only half the country even votes to begin with…you do the math.

Back in September, 31-year-old state Rep. Christina “Tita” Ayala (D-CT) was arrested on not one or two, but 19 voting fraud charges for allegedly voting in local and state elections in districts where she did not live. It’s a wonder she even got caught, because stuff like this happens a lot.

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In Colorado today it is being reported that the state’s voting system is a “ridiculous experiment” that could lead to…you guessed it: MORE VOTER FRAUD.

This election year, every eligible Colorado voter is getting their ballot in the mail. It’s a system used by only two other states — Oregon and Washington.

“We are only the third state in the United States trying this ridiculous experiment,” said Marilyn Marks, an anti-voter fraud advocate with the Rocky Mountain Foundation. What’s more, she warns, “We have added to it a toxic mix by adding same-day registration.”

One of the most worrisome aspects of the new system, for some, is that once ballots are filled in, they are not required to be mailed back. The ballots can be taken to drop-off locations to avoid paying postage. And the law allows for what is known as “ballot harvesting.” One individual can collect the ballots of up to 10 people to drop off. (source)

As you can imagine, people move, people die…reports have come out that ballots are being received for people who have never lived at the address the ballot was sent to. It sounds like a clusterf—.

But, don’t worry election officials say. They’ll verify votes with voter registration records. Oh wait, same-day registration in Colorado means voters don’t have to have records to check. And I’m sure those same officials will have someone posted at each magical ballot drop off point to make sure someone didn’t drop off more than 10 ballots (or just collect hundreds to vote for a particular party or agenda or both).

Uh-huh. Sounds really legit and not so ripe for fraud they couldn’t have created a more ridiculous voting fail process if they tried (which apparently they did).

Oh, and a man in New Mexico showed up to vote and was told he voted three days ago. Election officials had his fake signature to prove it.

These stories are reminiscent of 2012 elections, when a plethora of 112-year-old female Dem voters hit the North Carolina polls. The state weasled its way around it, saying that the records of age could just be wrong (and yet, no one is going to go double check said potentially wrong records to amend them with the right birth dates).

With the huge influx of illegal immigrants through the porous U.S.-Mexico border which began to really take off last year but only became highly publicized this year, now groups like La Raza are out promoting a voting guide on all the polling locations people can go to vote without an ID. (Gee, I wonder which party those people will be inclined to vote for, huh?)

But really, you know it’s sad when The Wall Street Journal comes out with an op-ed a few days before elections blatantly telling you that your vote isn’t going to be worth a damn. Here’s a little taste:

Now come the midterm elections on Nov. 4. What is the likelihood that your vote won’t count? That your vote will, in effect, be canceled or stolen as a consequence of mistakes by election officials or fraudulent votes cast by campaign workers or ineligible voters like felons and noncitizens?

Unfortunately, we can’t know. But one thing is almost certain: Voter fraud will occur. Many states run a rickety election process, lacking rules to deter people who are looking to take advantage of the system’s porous security. And too many groups and individuals—including the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder —are doing everything they can to prevent states from improving the integrity of the election process.

Their refrain is that voter fraud either doesn’t exist or is so insignificant that nothing needs to be done to improve ballot security. Yet in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling that upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, Justice John Paul Stevens acknowledged “flagrant examples of such fraud” throughout the nation’s history and observed that “not only is the risk of voter fraud real” but also that “it could affect the outcome of a close election.”

Then again, if you are an American you probably already innately know that your vote isn’t really worth much, even if you don’t want to admit it to yourself.

But if you don’t vote, it would appear that Democrats in some states will threaten you…like the The New York State Democratic Committee did this year with an oh-so-friendly letter campaign.

The New York State Democratic Committee is bullying people into voting next week with intimidating letters warning that it can easily find out which slackers fail to cast a ballot next Tuesday.

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record,” the letter says.

“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

It ends with a line better suited to a mob movie than a major political party: “If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.” (source)

How about, “SCREW YOU!” that’s why not. How about if I lived in New York, I would just be sad that message was mailed in a letter and not delivered via phone call or home visit because it denies me the opportunity to slam my phone down or slam a door in someone’s face?

How about it’s on record that a whopping 91% of the time, the candidate who managed to kiss the most ass at fundraisers is the guy (or gal) who wins?

How about the fact that some Congresspeople, like Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) have openly said that the $174,000 plus benefits that our congressional representatives get paid — you know, the people with a less than 10% approval rating most of the time — isn’t even enough to “live decently” for people who are on what he calls “the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.”

Well that must be why they only make that much, and yet, some of them are worth tens or hundreds of millions of dollars. What’s Nancy Pelosi up to by now, somewhere in the ballpark of $88 million net worth? By the way, did you know that 297 Congress members have earmarked $3.8 billion for organizations tied to them or family members?

Voting in this country is an absolute and total joke.

The best thing that comes from it is reserved for the people in high places and the fact that they get to suck a large portion of the population into a small-minded, left-right paradigm of false debates and even more false choices to keep people divided so ultimately We the People won’t stand up together and in one unanimous voice tell these powers that shouldn’t be that we’re all sick of getting screwed.

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Because 99% of everyone in America is.

Here is a list of things that would be better ways to spend your time than wasting the effort to pretend your vote actually matters:

  1. Have a nice spot of tea.
  2. Trim your nose hairs.
  3. Take a lukewarm bath while trimming your nose hairs.
  4. Read that book written by Jack Nicholson’s character in Stanley Kubrick’s version of Stephen King’s The Shining. (“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…”)
  5. Build a birdhouse out of kitten wishes and fairy farts.
  6. Read The Lexicon and use every big fancy word of it in a sentence. Twice.
  7. Spend nine hours and 37 minutes singing the song that never ends (yes it goes on and on mah frieeeeeeend…)
  8. Train your pet elephant to speak Portuguese.
  9. Train yourself to speak elephant.
  10. Wag the dog.

By the time you are done doing any and all these things, you will likely have enhanced your own life in ways that voting in yet another one of America’s ridiculous, pointless, fraudulent, illusory dog and pony show elections ever will.

And they can’t even say that if you don’t vote, you are tacitly consenting to whoever wins. Bullsh*t. Those people would win anyway. See again the study on who wins 91% of the time in this country: the money. Megacorporations. Period. End of story. Just look at the $100 million Senate race going down right now in North Carolina, funded on both sides by huge interests. Do you think it matters an iota what the actual people in that state want at this point with money like that being thrown around?

Sure, if you waste your time down at Bread and Circuses-ville, you might get one of those doofy “I voted” stickers with the little American flag on it (likely made in China), but at this point, wearing one of those is like wearing a giant “kick me!” sign on your back because it shows that you have somehow allowed yourself to be fooled into participating in the giant power heist that is our bought-and-paid for, sponsored by mega corporate interest “elections” (which rhymes with “selections”…fancy that).

As a random Facebooker commented, “Picking a new Captain for the Titanic after it hits the Iceberg is not going to stop it from sitting on the bottom of the ocean.”

Voting isn’t a patriotic duty. It’s a big fat smelly sham. It gets and has gotten us nowhere for decades. If people really wanted to take this country back from the greedy oligarchy running things, get back to the fundamental ideas of a Constitutional Republic with a small central government this nation was founded on, people would shun these elections like the Amish shun things the Amish shun.

We would all (and should all), as a group, physically turn our backs on these ceremonies.

We should vote no confidence.

Instead, we continue to be led. Off a cliff. Like lemmings.

Really…We should just vote for Nobody.

Why?

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Exactly.

Nothing changes because voting is the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

“So come November, the choice is clear: do you want another spineless mouthpiece for special interests and lobbyists…or a spineless mouthpiece for special interests and lobbyists?”

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Contributed by Melissa Melton of The Daily Sheeple.

Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!

 

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By Mac Slavo

Most Americans wake up every morning believing that they live in a democracy. We have the right to vote, the right to work, and the right to freely express our opinions without threat of imprisonment or worse. Our political leaders often tout the United States as being a democracy of and for the people. We even spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year spreading this democratic influence to the rest of the world.

But a new study from researchers at Princeton and Northwestern University titled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens starkly contrasts the notion that America provides an equal playing field for every citizen, as it was intended to do at its founding.

After a multivariate analysis of key variables involving 1,179 policy issues the results provide “substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination,” wherein economic elites and organized groups representing business interests maintain “substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” while average citizens have little or no independent influence.

Essentially, you as an average American citizen have no say whatsoever as it pertains to public policy, legislation, or regulation.

A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.

Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America].

When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

(Via CommonDreams.org)

Given that even the Federal Reserve announced this morning that their policies make the rich much richer and the poor poorer, can anyone really argue with the fact that the political and socio-economic systems of this country are specifically designed to benefit the interests of the elite?

As Congress debates cuts to food stamps and unemployment insurance to the tune of a few billions dollars, the government pumps tens of billions into the coffers of investment banks and financiers on a monthly basis.

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(Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon testify before Congress with other elite bankers)

Those convicted of petty non-violent crimes like possession of marijuana could spend a lifetime in prison, while the individuals responsible for wiping away 40% of America’s wealth in the 2008 crash have not only avoided prosecution, but are rewarded within their respective organizations.

Whistle blowers spreading the truth to the masses about the the duplicitous nature of politics and business have to hide in non-extradition countries to avoid prosecution for releasing “sensitive” material, all the while the elites who engaged in criminal acts like bribery, conspiracy and murder are hardly even given a second look.

And just last week we saw a perfect example of elite domination in the form of a land grab when hundreds of government officials converged on the ranch of a family that has been engaging in the same activity for over a century without any trouble. That is, until a conniving Senator with ties to foreign companies determined it was in the best interests of his pocket book and legacy to force a rancher off public lands and put thousands of people in harms way just to achieve his ends.

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The stories of such corruption and overreach against average Americans are countless and prove without a shadow of a doubt that, while we may call the United States of America a “democracy” or “republic,” it’s now only rooted in rhetoric and not reality.

Economic and political cyclical analyst Martin Armstrong warns that it is this very effect of moving power from the people to the elites that led to the failure of previous ‘democratic’ societies:

Dealing with Washington over the years taught me a lot. I have been inside the belly of the beast as well as on the outside. I have seen it all from every angle. Government is not run by democracy – it is a republic oligarchy pretending to be a democracy. Now a study is coming out an it confirms what I have seen over the years that this is just an American Oligarchy.

There is no hope of honest politics until there is major serious reform. We are at the same point in our history as the fall of the Roman Republic and for the very same reasons – outrageous corruption..

When we surrender our power, influence and money to the elite as we have done in modern day America, then we have likewise surrendered to them our liberty.

More at SHTFplan.com: New Study Confirms: “The United States Is No Democracy… But Actually An Oligarchy” Dominated By The Economic Elite