During the present electioneering, there is a goodly amount of the more discerning, who are no longer fooled into believing presidents are allowed have personal power to make major policy decisions of their own and not adhere to the decisions taken within the financial element in the centers of power that Franklin Delano Roosevelt confided owns the country.  FDR was the last wealthy aristocratic president, who had at least a voice within that financial element, but tellingly, he often called for citizens to demand what he would then be able to do, hinting that the financial element which owned the government expected a beholden US president to be facilitator of policies already decided upon, not an initiator of policies unapproved by people above him. None the less, it is striking that during a tightly controlled US presidential election process, media managed as usual by that financial element in the centers of power (which FDR confided has owned the government for a hundred years), that two major candidates, one Republican, Trump, and one Democrat, Sanders, have been able to comprehensively denounce the US investor managed political establishment of an America its citizenry has been taught to be proud and patriotic about. They have been permitted to denounce the American establishment as corrupt, dishonest, exploitive, and serving the desperate greed of corporations investing in third world low wage nations and warring on, and destroying, nations insufficiently subservient to Wall Street's agenda.
In two bygone era elections, potential candidate for president in 1936, populist Louisiana Governor Huey Long, and Socialist Party candidate Eugene Debs in 1919, had spoken out to huge followings along similarly truthful lines, but not for long. Long was assassinated, and Debs was in prison when he received a million votes for president in 1919. He remained imprisoned for twenty-two years.
To this author and his mentor, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the question arises, how could a major faction among the rich and powerful, who rule with the power to manipulate society, put up with Sanders preaching socialism, fomenting anger and revolution, and Trump debunking shibboleths regarding the heroic nature of America's bombings, invasions and occupations of poor nations? The answer is provided in the history of a previous period of a time when the existence of America's wealthy as the privileged ruling class was threatened. High criminals will always see to doing what is necessary for their survival, even to the point of being good and generous.
During the catastrophic 1930s, with the rule-by-the-rich economy broke down and hunger stalking the USA, with strikes and communist, anarchist, socialist, unionist, leftist and grange organizations threatening revolution and having the socialist Soviet Union as a world wide model for change, the wealthy had Roosevelt to tax them up to 94% above $200,000 to create Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Home Owners' Loan Corporation, and allowed the government to replace private investors in employing the citizenry with the WPA (Works Progress Administration), CCC camps (Civilian Conservation Corp), and other public works projects. These massive government projects renovated the nations infrastructure, building dams, parks, (even musicians and artists were subsidized), in order to stave off revolution.
(We should all know that at the same time, almost every one of Roosevelt's business tycoon cronies was investing heavily in low wage Nazi Germany. Infinitely more devastating for our discussion is the fact that omnipresent public opinion molding Western media owned and controlled by Wall Street investors, has hid from public awareness what is well documented and likewise available on the Internet, namely, that the top fifty US corporations had heavily invested in, and joint ventured with, an economically prostate low wage Nazi Germany, building its Wehrmacht up to world number one military power in five and a half years, . all the while Hitler repeated his intentions to 'clean Germany of Jews,' and, of more importance to colonial power capitalists, promised to rid Germany of communists and socialists and expand the German nation eastward into capitalism's enemy, the Soviet Union in the name of Lebensraum [living space]. The destruction of communist USSR had been of immediate importance for worried capitalists investing in Fascism.  Hitler's prophetic and scary diatribes against Jews need to be remembered to understand the complicity of the West in the Holocaust,  World War Two and other genocides that would be the result of Western joint ventures with Hitler and Mussolini. This massive investment and joint venturing in building Hitler's Wehrmacht up from zilch to the number one military power on Earth in five short years (violating the Versailles Treaty prohibitions against rearming Germany) has to have been the best investment in history, for when WWII was over Wall Street investors owned the only major industrial plant in the world left intact, and twenty seven million citizens of communist Soviet Union were dead, their cities half destroyed. Wall Street's USA had become the single super power.)
Securing its depression devastated home base with an expensive, immense and intensive dose of socialism in order to keep capitalist control was a investment necessary to the fantastic success of investing in and joint venturing with Hitler's war machine and promoting fascism. During the depression and the media promoted 'Red Scare,' President Hoover had planned much of the government intervention and socialist programs that were obviously needed in such a dangerous situation for the upper classes, which could lose all their wealth if they didn't spent some of it, or better said, give some of it back, in the plan that FDR would become famous for administering. Stalin credited FDR (but not the deep pockets FDR said controlled the government that he was only president of), with saving the US from socialist revolution.
Will some future Chinese leader perhaps point to the administrations of a President Trump as having had the foresight to create a bridge between Western imperialism and a China led renaissance of humanity, which this writer believes will put a new and peaceful world under control of human intelligence, or will the wildly genocidal speculative banking industry of the unregulated white Western colonial-neocolonialism have its grand finale in one last cataclysmic horror before expiring?
The present US election, extremely overvalued by media as a harbinger of future events, might at least be displaying a struggle within the elite investment community that disposes of most of the wealth of humanity in insane and genocidal conflict detrimental to the survival of the planet.
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