Who rules America? Are conspiracy theories correct? Is there proof? How do we know? If no proof, is there a thread; are there patterns that logic might compel an answer?
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines conspiracy as (1) the act of conspiring together or (2) (a) an agreement among conspirators or (b) a group of conspirators. The significance of conspiring deals with legality as (a) to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement or (b) to act in harmony toward a common end.
This article suggest that with respect to "who rules America", perhaps in the eyes of some, a conspiracy does exist but if it does, it is neither secret nor unlawful nor wrongful; no more so than the Democrat or Republican parties are, recognizing wrongful to be in the eye of the beholder, by these definitions, conspiracies. This does not mean a non-conspiratorial "who rules America" is innocuous.
The author's view is that which is legal, non-secret and in plain sight is not a conspiracy. There is no conspiracy when a herd of elephants moves together toward a common end to reach a watering hole.
The article will conclude the common end of "who rules America" is deleterious to American citizenry; that in our republic our national election votes are meaningless. The value of each vote and the accumulation thereof, is about equivalent to the value of the paper used for the ballot that, in former times, was used to record it. Moreover, national sovereignty is being eroded and may disappear.
The elephants in the room have almost always been in plain sight. Too many have and continue to refuse to see. There are two principles, that of power and privilege and that of truth and justice. One cannot be increased without diminution of the other. The elephants in the room are a small group of plutocrats of an extreme wealth class that control both the corporate world and the U.S. government, a class of power and privilege unequaled in history.
The U.S. is not a democracy. It was never intended to be one. Freed from a parasitic colonial aristocracy our nation was established as a republic which recognized certain inalienable rights for selected individuals while protecting their rights of property. We elect representatives to a class of power. For most, privilege soon follows. Public interests are suborned to private interests and in our system of governance, justice "winks" at "tit-for-tat" that would otherwise be quid pro quo in anything other than a legislative process. As a nation, we traded an off-shore parasite for an on-shore parasite for governance.
Constitutionally, government was based on the separation of power between the Legislative, Administrative, and Judicial branches. Constitutionally, the church was separated from government. Unfortunately, corporations were not.
Ample warning has acknowledged this error of omission. To review some history:
Thomas Jefferson said, " I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country".
Abraham Lincoln observed, " I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country, 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".
About his major crisis, he said, "I have two great enemies, the Southern Army before me, and the financial institutions in the rear. Of the two, the one in the rear is my greatest foe".
Rutherford Hayes, noted "It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations".
Teddy Roosevelt warned, "The citizens of the United States must control the mighty commercial forces which they themselves called into being".
Woodrow Wilson stated, "Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy".