I often cite as my Road to Damascus conversion from conservative to populist the day I learned (via the Internet) that the Federal Reserve was not “the nation’s bank” as I had previously thought, but rather a consortium of the (“too big to fail) private banks run for profit. From that day on, the perplexing pieces of the policy puzzle fell into place and I realized who really held the reins of political power and why our political system was so unresponsive to the majority of American citizens.
As Brian O’Brien wrote in The Tyranny of the Federal Reserve, “Our current ruling class is made up of extremely rich people who owe their wealth to fractional reserve banking and the current monetary system. Their wealth and power are dependent on the flow of money from the Federal Reserve to Wall Street banks to multinational corporations. The banks and corporations use debt money supplied by the Fed to siphon off the wealth of the people.”
Thus, by now it should be apparent that the super rich have global interests, which are in direct conflict to the interests of the middle class and the American nation at large. And Donald Trump, as unfit in temperament as he is to take up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is President because millions of middle-class voters realized that free trade long pushed by the ruling class has destroyed their ability to earn a decent living and allowed the super rich to move capital out of the United States and around the world to where wages are much lower. The elites are also responsible for importing cheap labor from rural Mexico and Central America to depress wages and reduce the ability for Americans to earn a decent living and save for the future. Most importantly, large numbers of immigrants from different nations break up the social cohesion of the general population and reduce the ability of middle class people to organize to protect their interests. Diversity may sound and look good, and in many ways it is, but to the ruling class elites, diversity is a tool to promote division and diversion, because if we are all fighting each other over peripheral issues, we are too preoccupied to pay attention to the people behind the curtains pulling the levers and strings of our financial and political system.
To the informed citizen, it has long been apparent that our congressional “leaders” are merely a tool of the ruling class and are hellbent on preventing the border wall from being built, ensuring massive third world immigration will continue unabated, and that the federal budget will never be balanced. The sad reality is that the two parties exist primarily to give us the illusion of having a choice. But as George Carlin said many years ago, “We have no choice. We have owners. They own us. They own the major banks, the media, the corporations, the politicians and the judges….they have us by the balls.”
Furthermore, most conservatives delude themselves into thinking that lower taxes across the board will create a powerful tide that will lift all boats. In the old days, maybe. But in 21st century America a rising tide lifts only the biggest yachts, and the people driving those yachts are intent on running down and crushing as many little boats as possible. I wish that most of the Republican rank and file would learn to stop viewing the very rich with envy and admiration, but rather as feudal overlords who have nothing but contempt for the great American middle class.
The real conflict in our country is between our current ruling elite who want a global government in which they rule in feudalist fashion over a global proletariat and the American middle class those who believe that our nation, our Constitution, our culture, our heritage, our values, and our middle class lifestyle are things worth preserving. We in the middle class are still a powerful force to be reckoned with. Last November proved that. We should not squander resources in fighting peripheral and essentially meaningless battles, such as transgenders in female bathrooms, but rather on focusing how we can tear away the curtain and expose the men behind it as the real power, and the real cause of the decline of our nation.