The Secret Society That Rules The World

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen machanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”[1]

Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud and founding father of modern propaganda, 1928

Since the dawn of civilisation, kings, emperors and other men and women of wealth have wanted to rule the world, but none has succeeded. Every empire that arose on the blood of the people it subjected and enslaved – the ancient kingdoms of Egypt and Assyria, the successive Persian and Chinese empires, the Roman empire, the Islamic caliphates, the Ottoman empire, the various European colonial empires and even the communist regime of the Soviet Union – all eventually fell. Even the United States’ global primacy, a logic result of the end of the Cold War, is now being tested by re-emerging superpowers and increasing calls for a more multilateral world order. But these are all well-known attempts at establishing world supremacy. Since the rise of democracy, people – not tyrants – were suddenly said to be in charge. Therefore, if one wanted to obtain or maintain hegemony, one had to find a way to shape world order through hidden means while simultaneously convincing the people the gradual change was of their own making.

PART 1: THE BIRTH OF A SECRET SOCIETY

One man who understood this early on was Cecil Rhodes, an ardent believer in British imperialism and white supremacism who aside from his lucrative career as mining magnate served as prime minister of Cape Colony and co-founded Rhodesia, a colony established by the British South Africa Company eventually named after himself. To this very day, De Beers company, the colonial diamond exploitation company he founded, tries to whitewash Rhodes’ legacy thusly:

He had arrived in South Africa as a sickly young lad of 17, and within a few short years, had achieved wealth and power, and had secured not only South Africa’s pre-eminence in the world diamond business, but his own place of honour in the history of the country. He had played a significant role in changing a poor and backward land into a dynamic and powerful country. Cecil Rhodes prospered in a time where personal acquisition and entrepreneurial enterprise were indistinguishable, but the legacy he left was overwhelming in its generosity to his adopted country. […]

Upon his many bequests, he bestowed the renowned Rhodes Scholarship, which is awarded annually on merit to British Commonwealth, American, German and South African students to study at Oxford University. Cecil John Rhodes chose to be buried facing north, at world’s view in the Matopos hills, the granite hills south of Bulawayo. The fact that he was a man of great vision was once again underlined when he uttered his now legendary last words on his deathbed: ‘So much to do, so little done.’

But this is history told by the victors. As he had fought all of his life with severe illness, Rhodes had always understood that, because there was “so much to do,” he could never do it alone in his short lifespan. Thus, already in 1877, at the age of 23, he privately unveiled his true “great vision” when he drafted the first version of his testament. In it, he proposed nothing less than to establish a secret society with the sole objective of world rule by the British empire:

I contend that we are the finest race in the world and that the more of the world we inhabit, the better it is for the human race. […] I look into history and I read the story of the Jesuits; I see what they were able to do in a bad cause and I might say under bad leaders. At present day I become a member of the Masonic order. I see the wealth and power they possess [and] the influence they hold and I think over their ceremonies, and I wonder that a large body of men can devote themselves to what at times appear the most ridiculous and absurd rites without an object and without an end. The idea gleaming and dancing before ones [sic] eyes like a will-of-the-wisp at last frames itself into a plan. Why should we not form a secret society with but one object: the furtherance of the British empire and the bringing of the entire uncivilised world under British rule, for the recovery of the United States, for the making [out of] the Anglo-Saxon race but one Empire. What a dream, but yet it is probable, it is possible.

Thanks to Carroll Quigley, an American professor of history specialised in the evolution of civilisations, we now know that Rhodes’ dream became reality in the formation of an immensely powerful and secretive Anglo-American network which, according to Quigley, advanced Rhodes’ desire “to federate the English-speaking peoples and to bring all the habitable portions of the world under their control.”[2] Quigley was no uncredentialled conspiracy theorist. He was a prominent Harvard-educated historian who taught at the Ivy League universities of Georgetown, Princeton and Harvard, in addition to working as an advisor to both the US Department of Defense and the US Navy.[3] In his own words, he knew of the existence and operation of this secret network “because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records.”[4] After publishing Tragedy and Hope, his 1311 pages-strong book on the network’s role in the rise of the Western world, in 1966, however, the secret society members who had approached him were apparently displeased that he published the inner workings of the network, as a result of which the publisher, MacMillan Company, refused to reprint the seminal work when it quickly ran out of stock and prevented Quigley from regaining the publication rights.[5] “Powerful influences in this country,” Quigley concluded in private writing, “want me, or at least my work, suppressed.”[6]

Because of his fascination with secret societies, and because he always remained favourable to the network’s goal despite disagreeing with some of its methods, Quigley was already in 1949 able to write a history of the secret society and its morphing into a truly Anglo-American establishment thanks to testimony of “persons close to the Group” which he juxtaposed to “documentary evidence available to everyone.”[7] Because the architects of this “Group,” according to Quigley, were “satisfied to possess the reality rather than the appearance of power,”[8] they decided to draw their inspiration from similar occult organisations of the past – such as the Illuminati, the Jesuits and the Freemasons – and thus set up a “rings within rings” structure wherein the centre ring would control the outer rings. In The Anglo-American establishment, which was only published posthumously in 1981, he wrote:

The plan of organization provided for an inner circle, to be known as ‘The Society of the Elect’, and an outer circle, to be known as ‘The Association of Helpers’. Within the Society of the Elect, the real power was to be exercised by the leader, and a ‘Junta of Three’.[9]

When the society was founded in 1891 after years of planning, Rhodes was to be the leader, and the ‘Junta of Three’ were represented by Wiliam T. Stead, Britain’s most famous journalist; Lord Esher, confident of Queen Victoria and later the most influential advisor of King Edward VII and King George V; and Alfred Milner, a colonial administrator  who, although he was relatively unknown to the outside world, became the group’s leader after Rhodes’ death in 1902.[10] A fifth member of “The Society of the Elect” close to the top of the pyramid was Lord Nathanial Rothschild, whose financial wealth had helped Rhodes to monopolise the South African mines of the Kimberley area and whose family’s financial and political power over Europe was likely without parallel in history up to that point.[11] As both Milner and Rhodes graduated from Oxford University, college campuses of this prestigious university became the principal recruiting ground for the secret society. While a few inner core players unquestionably knew that they were members of a group devoted to a common purpose, however, Quigley notes that many might not have been aware of their membership and rose through the ranks of society and advanced the network’s interests unaware of the fact that the inner core influenced their thinking, their career paths and their actions by what he called “personal persuasion, patronage distribution, and social pressure.”[12] In his two books, Quigley meticulously explains who’s who in the inner workings of the group and connects the dots between various overt political formations such as the Rhodes Scholarships, the Round Table Group, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Council on Foreign Relations. He concludes, however, that the core power always, at least up until the time of his writings, remained in the hands of Milner’s group and his successors.[13] As such, they were able to control both sides of the political isle in Britain:

Until 1890 or so [the secret society] contained members of both political parties, including the leaders, [long-time Conservative Prime Minister] Salisbury and [long-time Liberal Prime Minister] Gladstone. […] After the split in the Liberal Party in 1886, it was the members of the Cecil Bloc who became Unionists – that is, the Lyttletons, the Wyndhams, the Cavendishes. As a result, the Cecil Bloc became increasingly a political force. Gladstone remained socially a member of it, and so did his protégé, John Morley, but almost all the other members of the Bloc were Unionists or Conservatives. The chief exceptions were the four leaders of the Liberal Party after Gladstone, who were strong imperialists: Rosebery, [who was married into the Rothschild family and was one of the trustees of Rhodes’ final will], Asquith, Edward Grey, and Haldane. These four supported the Boer War, grew increasingly anti-German, supported the World War in 1914, and were close to the Milner Group politically, intellectually, and socially.[14]

PART 2: THE RECOVERY OF THE UNITED STATES

Unsatisfied with near absolute control over British political life, the powerful financiers behind the Milner Group remained true to Rhodes’ vision “for the recovery of the United States.” Shortly after Cecil Rhodes died, the Pilgrims Society was formed to provide a platform in which trans-Atlantic elites could meet. In Britain, at least 18 members of the secret network – including Lords Rothschild, Curzon and Esher, Sir Edward Grey and Arthur Balfour – attended Pilgrims dinners, while members of the Rockefeller and Morgan financial dynasties joined them from the American side. While these families of international financiers had long been rivals in banking, oil and industry, they started to understand that they had to cooperate if the enormous power they had amassed was to remain in their few hands upon entering the 20thcentury. While disciples from the House of Rothschild had already saved the J.P. Morgan, Kuhn, Loeb and Company and M.M. Warburg banks from bankruptcy in times of need throughout the 19thcentury, John D. Rockefeller and Baron Alphonse de Rothschild reached a tactical rapprochement after they met at Standard Oil’s New York headquarters in 1892.[15]

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This American synarchy of wealth and power, however, was, just like in Britain, heavily under the control of a secret society. Founded in 1833 as the American chapter – or Chapter 322 – of a German order by General William Huntington Russel and Alphonso Taft, Skull & Bones is a notorious secret brotherhood which, to this very day, selects 15 new members from Yale University every single year. Next to nothing was known about Skull & Bones until in the early 1980s the full historical membership roster was anonymously sent to Antony Sutton, an economics professor of British descent who during and after his time as research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute had conducted fascinating research into the role of Wall Street financial moguls in the rise of Hitler, the Soviet Union and FDR’s New Deal – all these strange activities he was now able to link back to Skull & Bones. The core power of this group, similar to Rhodes’ network, lays with about 20 families. The oldest family trees consist of wealthy families that descended from English Puritans that crossed the ocean in the 17thcentury, such as the Whitney, Stimson, Taft, Bundy and Lord families. To maintain and expand their power after the industrial revolution had produced a new class of ultra-rich, these Puritan families then either intermarried with families of fresh financial power, such as the Rockefellers, the Harrimans, The Weyerhaeusers and the Sloanes, or invited their sons into the order. Together, they have since infiltrated the highest echelons of power in American society, such as law, education, business, finance, industry and – of course – government. Of this latter category, the Bush family is the most well-known example.[16] In his 1999 campaign autobiography, President George W. Bush mentioned his membership in passing:

My senior year I joined Skull and Bones, a secret society, so secret I can’t say anything more.

Although other powerful families, such as the Carnegies, Morgans and Fords, were never part of the Order, Bonesmen often ended up at key managing positions at enterprises that were part of these families’ substantial wealth. Thus, it is no surprise that companies associated with the Carnegies, the Morgans and the Rockefellers all made large contributions to Cecil Rhodes’ cause according to Quigley. Following World War I, this synergy of Anglo-American wealth and power culminated in the establishment of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly referred to as the Chatham House, on the British island, and its sister organisation, the Council on Foreign Relations, in the US – the combination of which represented the reincarnation of the hidden Anglo-American establishment in the post-war era.[17]

Carrol Quigley contends that subsequently, “there grew up in the twentieth century a power structure between London and New York which penetrated deeply into university life, the press, and the practice of foreign policy.”[18] This is not an exaggeration, but  an understatement, for the penetration of the relatively unknown Council on Foreign Relations into every aspect of American life has not been “deep,” but jaw-dropping. G. Edward Griffin, a senior researcher of the network, explains:

Now why is this important? It is important because the members of the Council on Foreign Relations are the rulers of America. Who are they? Well, once in a while their name pops into the news, but very seldom you get them all together. I am going to take a few moments – this might be boring, but I think for the record everyone needs to be familiar with the prominent names of the members who are part of this outer ring of a secret society.

Let’s start with the presidents of the United States: Herbert Hoover, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, James Carter, George Bush, Sr. and William [Bill] Clinton. Now JFK once said that he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, but nowhere can you find him on the membership rolls, so I guess he was a wannabee but did not quite make it in. He actually said he thought he was a member. And of course the presidential candidates John Kerry and Vice-President Dick Cheney are members of the CFR.

Secretaries of States. Now this is a very important position for the group because it is even more important than the president. The president can be controlled, by the secretary of state, secretary of defense and all of his cabinet members, who are pretty much appointed for him. You know, presidents do not appoint their cabinet members from their own private telephone directories. They are not even in their book. They are told who to appoint. Anyway, here are the secretaries of state, perhaps the most important position in the United States government as far as the CFR is concerned: Dean Rusk, Robert Lansing, Frank Kellogg, Henry Stimson, Cordell Hull, E.R. Stettinius, George Marshall, Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, Christian Herter, Dean Rusk, William Rogers, Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, Edmund Muskie, Alexander Haig, George Schulz, James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, Warren Cristopher, William Richardson, Madeline Albright, Colin Powell and, of course, Condoleezza Rice. Did we leave anybody out? I don’t think so.

Secretaries of defense, also important: James Forrestal, George Marshall, Charles Wilson, Neil McElroy, Robert McNamara, Melvin Laird, Elliot Richardson, James Schlesinger, Harold Brown, Casper Weinberger, Frank Carlucci, Richard [Dick] Cheney, Les Aspin, William Perry, William Cohen and Donald Rumsfeld.

Directors of the CIA, pretty important: Walter [Bedell] Smith, William Colby, Richard Helms, Allen Dulles, John McCone, James Schlesinger, George Bush, Sr., Stansfield Turner, William Casey, William Webster, Robert Gates, James Woolsey, John Deutch, William Studeman, George Tenet, Porter Goss and Michael Hayden.

Some better-known corporations with CFR members at the board of directors or chief executive levels, where they dominate these huge corporations. It is quite a list, I had to trim this down, believe it or not. Here are just a few: Atlantic Richfield Oil Company, AT&T, Avon Products, Bechtel Construction Group, Boeing Company, Bristol Myers Squib, Chevron, Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola, Consolidated Edison of New York, Exxon, Dow Chemical, Dupont Chemical, Eastman Kodak, Enron, Este Lauder, Ford Motors, General Electric, General Foods, Hewlett & Packard, Hughes Aircraft, IBM, International Paper, Johnson & Johnson, Levi Straus & Company, Lockheed Aerospace, Lucent Technologies, Mobile Oil, Monsanto, Northrup, Pacific Gas & Electric, Phillips Petroleum, Proctor & Gamble, Quaker Oats, SBC Yahoo, Shell Oil, Smith Kline Beach and Pharmaceuticals, Sprint Corporations, Texaco, Santa Fe Southern Pacific Railroad, Teledyne, TRW, Southern California Edison, Unocal, United Technologies, Verizon Communications, Warner Lambert, Weyerhaeuser and Xerox, to name just a few.

In the media, also very important in controlling the thinking processes of the American people, you find CFR members in the management and operational positions at the Army Times, Associated Press, Association of American Publishers, Barons, Boston Globe, Business Week, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Post, San Diego Union Tribune, Times Mirror, Random House, WW Norton & Company, Warner Books, American Spectator, Atlantic, Harper’s Farm Journal, Financial World, Insight, Washington Times, Medical Tribune, National Geographic, National Review, New Republic, New Yorker, Newsday, Newsmax, Newsweek, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone, Scientific American, Time Warner, Time, US News & World Report, Washington Post, ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, PBS, RCA, the Walt Disney Company and, of course, Rupert Murdoch.

Media personalities, the talking heads, include David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, William Buckley, Peter Jennings, Bill Moyers, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Katie Couric and Andrea Mitchell, who is the wife of Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve System. Of course, Alan is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Labour Unions with CFR members in key positions include AFL-CIO, United Steel Workers of America, United Auto Workers, American Federation of Teachers, Brick Layers & Allied Craft, Communication Workers of America, Union of Needle Traders and Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers. All the big ones.

In the tax-exempt foundations and think tanks, the number of CFR members in controlling positions is 443. Some of the better-known are the Sloan and Kettering Foundations, Aspen Institute, Atlantic Council, Bilderberg Group, Brookings Institute, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Foundation, Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Hudson Institute, John and Catherine MacArthur foundation, Melon Foundation, RAND Corporation, Rhodes Scholarships Selection Committee, Rockefeller Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Trilateral Commission and the UN Association.

In the universities, the number of CFR members who are, or have been, professors, department chairmen, presidents or board members is 563 – my last count. Could be different today, probably more. In the financial institutions such as banks, the Federal Reserve, stock exchanges and brokerages houses, the number of CFR members in controlling positions is 284. Now ladies and gentlemen, this gives you an idea. We could go into different area’s but bear in mind that the total membership of this group is about 4.000 people. Now, there are a lot of churches in your home town with memberships equal to or larger than that. Wouldn’t it be curious if you were to discover that the members of that one church held all of these positions in society? Wouldn’t you be curious as to what is going one? But first you would have to know about it, and how would you know about it if the channels of communication by which you might be informed by it are also controlled by these same people. You see the magnitude of the problem we face.

For the record, Griffin’s lecture stems from the era of Skull & Bones ambassador George W. Bush, but the CFR’s control over American policy has not waned with Obama or Trump, who both have filled their cabinets with CFR members. Hillary Clinton, wife of CFR member and former President Bill Clinton and two times presidential hopeful herself, made this abundantly clear when she spoke at one of the Council’s events in New York in 2009 during her tenure as Obama’s secretary of state:

I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to I guess the mother ship in New York City, but it is good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future.

PART 3: GLOBAL TENTACLES

The Council on Foreign Relations is of course not the sole occupant of the establishment’s outer circle. There are numerous other think tanks and secretive groups that advance the string-pullers’ agenda active around the globe. The Bilderberg Conference, for instance, has been bringing elitists from Europe and North America together every year in near total secret since it was founded in 1954 by, amongst others, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands with the help of Walter Bedell Smith and Allen Dulles, the latter two both CFR members and directors of the CIA.[19] The attendees – one by one top officials from European and North American royalty, politics, industry, banking, media and academia – are led to be believe that the meetings are organised on the principal of reaching consensus, but, in reality, just like Cecil Rhodes would have done it, the real power lies within the inner core, the Bilderberg Steering Committee, which selects the invitees and puts up the talking points.[20] Past members of this inner ring include Baron Edmond de Rothschild, David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger, while current members include such big names as Eric Schmidt, long-time executive chairman of Alphabet, YouTube and Google’s mother company; Pieter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal; and the editors-in-chief of both Bloomberg and the Economist, the latter in which the Rothschild family has held major shares for decades.

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While the Bilderbergers aim to strengthen the ties between the US’s and Europe’s elites, the Trilateral Commission made the bridge to Asia. Since its foundation by CFR members David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski in 1973 after the Bilderberg Steering Committee refused to invite Japanese representatives to the conference, it has been organising meetings to foster ties between the leaders of North America, Europe and Asia by, in David Rockefeller’s words, bringing “the best brains in the world to bear on the problems of the future.”[21] Again, these “best brains” are carefully selected into the membership roster, from which only the brightest minds – read: the best patsies – are selected into the Trilateral’s Executive Committee, comprising a membership of no more than 36.

The Council on Foreign Relations, Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission in their turn are interwoven with a dense global network of financial institutions such as the World Bank, IMF, World Trade Organisation and the Bank for International Settlements; military and political institutions such as NATO, the European Union and the United Nations; think tanks such as the Atlantic Council, RAND Corporation, the Brookings Institute, the Project for a New American Century and the Fabian Society; secret societies and conference groups such as Le Cercle, the Club of Rome and Bohemian Grove; tax-exempt foundations such as the Rockefeller, Ford and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations; and a whole range of people in government, media, multinational corporations and other positions of power in society. Of course, not all people involved with all of these organisations or at the high-level government positions mentioned by Griffin are aware of the fact that they are part of the outer circle of a secret society, but that right there is the genius of it. Politicians think they are elected – instead of selected – and leaders in industry, finance, media and academia believe they thrive solely thanks to their own ambitions – not because their thinking might in line with the puppetmasters’ master vision. If these patsies in turn convince the public that they live in a democratic country “for, by and of the people” if they just cast their vote every couple of years and merely obey in the meantime, they have come up with a system infinitely more successful than any would-be tyrant from the pages of history could have only dreamt to ever imagine. The question, then, remains: What kind of world do they intend to shape?

Footnotes

[1] Edward Bernays, Propaganda (Routledge, 1928), 9, available at http://whale.to/b/bernays.pdf.

[2] Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and hope: a history of the world in our time (New York/London: MacMillan Company, 1966), 130-1, available at http://carrollquigley.net/pdf/Tragedy_and_Hope.pdf.

[3] Joseph Plummer, Tragedy & hope 101: the illusion of justice, freedom and democracy, chapter 1: “Democracy,” available at http://joeplummer.com.

[4] Quigley, Tragedy and hope, 950.

[5] Plummer, Tragedy & hope 101, chapter 1: “Democracy.”

[6] Carroll Quigley, Letter to Peter Sutherland, 09.12.1975, published in Conspiracy Digest in 1976, reprinted in American Opinion, 1983, excerpt available at http://carrollquigley.net/pdf/the_anglo-american_establishment.pdf.

[7] Carroll Quigley, The Anglo-American establishment: From Rhodes to Cliveden (New York: Books in Focus, 1981), preface, IX-X, available at http://carrollquigley.net/pdf/the_anglo-american_establishment.pdf.

[8] Quigley, The Anglo-American establishment, 4-5.

[9] Quigley, The Anglo-American establishment, 3.

[10] Quigley,The Anglo-American establishment, 3.

[11] Gerry Docherty and Jim Macgregor, Hidden history: the secret origins of the First World War (Edinburgh/London: Mainstream Publishing, 2015), EPUB p. 23-50.

[12] Quigley, The Anglo-American establishment, preface, X.

[13] Quigley, The Anglo-American establishment, preface, IX.

[14] Quigley, The Anglo-American establishment, 30.

[15] Docherty and MacGregor, Hidden history, 479-91; Ron Chernow, Titan: the life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. (New York: Vintage Books, 1998; reprint, 2004), 247-8.

[16] Antony Sutton, America’s secret establishment: an introduction tot he order of Skull & Bones (Waterville: TrineDay, 1983; reprint, 2002), part I: “An introduction tot the Order,” available at http://archive.org/details/pdfy-2cmFoB22NG1pZnWL.

[17] Quigley, Tragedy and hope, 950-2.

[18] Quigley, Tragedy and hope, 953.

[19] Valerie Aubourg, “Organizing Atlanticism: the Bilderberg group and the Atlantic institute, 1952-1963,” Intelligence and National Security 18, no. 2 (2003), 93-6.

[20] Mike Peters, “The Bilderberg Group and the project of European unification,” http://bilderberg.org/bblob.rtf.

[21]Rockefeller Archive Center, The Trilateral Commission (North America) records, 1972-2001, 1-3, available at http://rockarch.org/collections/rockorgs/trilateral.pdf.

Bas Spliet is a 22-year-old student Arabic studies at the University of Ghent in Belgium, where he previously obtained his bachelor’s degree in History.

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WHO TOOK MY MONEY???? Social Security Theft

Actually, Democrat President Kennedy and
Sergeant Shriver were the first ones to
misuse the Social Security account.  They
used Social Security funds to start the
Peace Corps.  Not the first or last time our
money has been taken from American
citizens and given to foreign nations.
Things every US citizen should know and
remember about Social Security and
changes made.
A History Lesson on Your Social Security
Card Just in case some of you young
whippersnappers (& some older ones)
didn’t know this.  It’s easy to check out, if
you don’t believe it.  Be sure and show it
to your family and friends.  They need a
little history lesson on what’s what and it
doesn’t matter whether you are Democrat
or Republican.
Facts are Facts.
Social Security Cards up until the 1980s
expressly stated the number and card
was not to be used for identification
purposes.  Since nearly everyone in the
United States now has a number, it
became convenient to use it anyway
and the message,
NOT FOR IDENTIFICATION, was removed.
Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat,
introduced the Social Security (FICA)
Program.
He promised;
1.) That participation in the Program
would be Completely voluntary.
No longer Voluntary
2.) That the participants would only
have to pay 1% of the first $1,400 of
their annual Incomes into the Program.
Now 7.65% on the first $90,000.
3) That the money the participants elected
to put into the Program would be deductible
from their income for tax purposes each
year.
No longer tax deductible
4.) That the money the participants put
into the independent ‘Trust Fund’ rather
than into the general operating fund,
and therefore, would only be used to
fund the Social Security Retirement
Program, and no other Government
program.
Under Democrat President Johnson
the money was moved to the General
Fund and Spent.
5.) That the annuity payments to the
retirees would never be taxed as income.
Under Democrats Clinton & Gore Up to
85% of your Social Security can be Taxed
Since many of us have paid into FICA for
years and are now receiving a Social
Security check every month and then
finding that we are getting taxed on 85%
of the money we paid to the Federal
government to ‘put away’ — you may be
interested in the following:
Q: Which Political Party took Social
Security from the independent ‘Trust
Fund’ and put it into the general fund so
that Congress could spend it?
A: It was Lyndon Johnson and the
democratically controlled House and
Senate.
Q: Which Political Party eliminated the
income tax deduction for Social
Security (FICA) withholding?
A: The Democrat Party.
Q: Which Political Party started taxing
Social Security annuities?
A: The Democratic Party, with Al Gore
casting the ‘tie-breaking’ deciding vote
as President of the Senate, while he
was Vice resident of the U.S.
Q: Which Political Party decided to start
giving annuity payments to immigrants?
A: That’s right! Jimmy Carter and the
Democratic Party. Immigrants moved into
this country, and at age 65, began to
receive Social Security payments!  The
Democratic Party gave these payments
to them, even though they never paid a
dime into it!
Then, after violating the original contract
(FICA), the Democrats turn around and
tell you that the Republicans want to take
your Social Security away!
And the worst part about it is uninformed
citizens believe it!
If enough people see this, maybe a
seed of awareness will be planted and
maybe changes will evolve.
Democrats do not want to hear the truth about SS!
 

I’m black and I’m conservative. And I’ll explain why – Perfectly stated…….

Documentary maker Andrés Carvajal wrote on his Twitter account: “Being a black man on the right is as respectable as being a cow and working in the butchery.” Venezuelan Jorge Ugueto penned an explanation of why he is a black conservative.  (Excerpts follow -)

I’m black and I’m conservative. And I’ll explain why:

Because the only equality in which I believe is equality before the law, while the left wants to equalize the whole world by force and the result of that is horror: Cuba, Venezuela. I am Venezuelan and I know what I am talking about.

Because I feel smart enough and able enough to get by without any government assistance. I am not in favor of any affirmative action or special treatment for blacks or for women. I believe, yes, in merit, work, and intelligence.

That’s why I do not want to be given work because I’m black, but because of my ability. When you say that blacks cannot be conservative, you are equalizing the whole world. It is annoying to have to explain something so obvious, but among the black community you will find great variety and diversity: brilliant people and stupid people; honorable people and scoundrels, brave people and pusillanimous people. There is everything, but you equal everyone and you arrogate to yourself the authority to say: ‘You can be this, but you can’t be that.’

And I ask you: who the hell are you to decide what someone else’s political views should be?

I am on the right because I see myself as a full member of society, not as a victim. There is the debate, that the left builds its discourse on victimhood. Blacks, women, gays…it suits them that everyone is a victim.

That historically there has been injustice against these three groups, that is undeniable; but it is also undeniable that these three groups have never had it better than now. And it is also undeniable that the position of the victim is a hindrance to growth and development.

I am conservative because what the left is offering today is nonsense: (Chávez, Castro, Iglesias, Monedero). Just look at what’s on the other side, and it’s not hard to see why someone leans to the right.

I am on the right because in the 90s I already felt antipathy for the left and, after 20 years of Chavismo, it is impossible not to be right. I am on the right because after a lifetime of reading and reflecting, I cannot be anything else.

And before you commence with the spiel about fascism, nobody is talking about Hitler. I would have to be very disturbed to feel sympathy for that. I tell you clearly: as much as we hate fascism and Nazism, we also hate Communism.

It just so happens that for people on the left everything that doesn’t square with their Marxist orthodoxy, is far right. That way they put everyone in the same bag. Even social democracy is called “right-wing.” That’s how serious and rigorous they are when it comes to a debate.

I always say that there are few things as racist as a socialist. For you, a black man can only be left-wing. And if one is not, they speak of alienation, of betrayal…Always the same cheap manipulation. They are so predictable, that they bore us easily.

That they are not racist? It is enough to see their treatment of blacks who do not agree with them. It is enough to see the treatment of blacks in Castro’s Cuba.

Isn’t it the worst form of racism to want to define the political orientation of blacks, just because they are black? For you, people are defined only by their race. Is that not racism? I am on the right because it is “my” choice, not yours. I’m right because I feel like it. And period.

Constituent of Dick Durbin, a Senator from Illinois, takes him to School

You will want to read this ! ! !
Dick Durbin, a Senator from Illinois calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation
as he compared “Social Security ” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.
Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY NYE from Illinois  …
I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!
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Hey Dick, let’s get a few things straight!!!
1.  As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) for FORTY YEARS.
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).
3. My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would make Bernie Madoff proud.
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and “your ilk” pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67.  NOW, you and your “shill commission” are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now “you morons” propose to change the rules of the game.
Why? Because “you idiots” mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from Medicare to pay the bills.
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you “incompetent bastards” spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money.  Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.
To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” to your incompetence.
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Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU:
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 40+ year political career?
2. At what age will you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much will you receive in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the “greedy” ones.
It is you and your fellow nutcase thieves who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.
And for what?
Votes and your job and retirement security at our expense, you lunk-headed leech.
That’s right, sir.
You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch.
P.S. And stop calling Social Security benefits “entitlements“.
WHAT AN INSULT!!!!
I have been paying in to the SS system for 45 years “It’s my money”-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out these monthly checks .
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EVERYONE!! If you agree with what a Illinois citizen, Patty Nye, says, please PASS IT ON!!!!

 

No Dems Left! Time To Understand What That Means –

I heard all this #SCOTUS hub-bub was about a concern for RoevWade being repealed. Let me get this straight in my head – that would mean 2 lives, families & careers were destroyed so beings can continue to be aborted when someone is to lazy or stupid to use contraception.. Really?.. There has to be more to it than that.

The Socialist (there are no Dems left) say outwardly it is ‘Abuse of Power’ on the Conservatives part. I have found over and over again – whatever the Socialist accuse the ‘Right’ of doing is EXACTLY what they are doing in the dark corners of their politically expedient septic system.

It is time for everyone, on both sides of this jagged crack, to understand – the intentional divide created in 2008, and fervently nourished since then, is IRREVERSIBLE. Minds have slammed shut – Critical Thinking & Common Sense have fallen victim to ‘Feelings & Frets’ for 50% of US Citizens. They have chosen Socialism over all else. This IS the NEW NORM. There is no going back to the ‘Good ole Days’.  America is in trouble.

The sooner Americans can come to the realization that half the country is Socialist and half the country are Patriots, the quicker we can adjust to this quagmire we find ourselves in and adjust our lives accordingly.

A full half of the population of America has turned over their decision making process to someone else – they just wait for it to be relayed to them onto the screen in their hand then go into parrot mode. They are told to question American values while they dispose of their own. They are told to question History, to try to erase it, although History has already happened. So, they are told to destroy anything that may stand as proof that History occurred, that is both humorous & sad. Like a pack of scavenging hyenas, they comply without question, they just join the carrion subsisting herd. They are miserable, but do not know why. They feel isolated, even when in the company of their non-gender herds & packs. They have given up or lost friendships and family without taking the time to understand why it has happened. Mothers have chosen to deny the sex of their children while raising them to be followers, not leaders. Men have chosen man-buns, skinny jeans and man purses over taking the lead in providing for their families. They are in a pack mentality. It has become their existence – their refuge – their Cult.

The Socialist rant against our Country, Constitution, Pledge of Allegiance, our Flag, Christianity, Laws, on and on. But, they will not relocate elsewhere. They know their emoji induced rants are as plastic as their lives have become. They know no other country would put up with their sedition. They lack the courage to follow their convictions, for they know deep down, those are Guano convictions.

They have given up their most precious assets – Individualism & Integrity. They will not take time to evaluate how great that loss actually is for them personally. They will not even contemplate this may be the case – Minds are Closed.

We are reaping the results of turning our children over for indoctrination by the public education system, a safe harbor for Socialist, the past 40 years. Our yearly property taxes still support this tool of demise. Family and Friend relationships have been changed, and for what – IOS/Android Feelings? A bright flashing line has been drawn, the scab is picked every time the screen in their hands vibrate with new #Frets. This ripped, broken society is now a part of everyone’s lives, even those who think they can hide through lack of participation, minimizing what has occurred, self-restriction to current events or blatant dismissal of the reality around them. Minds are Closed.

@BredNTexas  9-29-18

 

 

Differences Between the Greatest Generation and The Ones That Followed

By Claude Davis

Nostalgia is nothing new, and it applies to people as much as to anything else.

Whatever generation we belong to we’re probably used to hearing people say we’re not a patch on the one before us – and most of us, if we’re honest, have probably muttered a few unflattering things about younger folks, too. Baby boomers think Generation X lack focus. Generation X think Baby Boomers are stuffy and don’t like to share their money. Boomers and Gen Xers think Millennials are weird. Who knows what Millennials will think of what comes next (if anything does?)

There’s one thing everyone should be able to agree on, though. If there’s one generation that should be beyond criticism it’s the one that grew up during the Great Depression then, as adults, confronted Nazism in the Second World War and communism in Korea. Journalist Tom Brokaw called them “the Greatest Generation” in his book of the same name, and it’s pretty hard to argue with that description.

Those born between about 1914 and 1930 didn’t have it easy. Their childhoods were blighted by the economic collapse of 1929, which left a quarter of the American workforce jobless and made hundreds of thousands homeless. For those in the agricultural Midwest, worse was to come; a long-running drought devastated farmland through the 1930s, turning independent farmers into starving nomads. Almost four million people were forced to leave the Plains States as agriculture collapsed. And then Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Before you could say “Tora Tora Tora!” the country was thrown into a brutal, four-year struggle against an alliance of fascist dictatorships across two continents and three oceans. The dust from that had barely subsided when a third of a million young Americans – many of them already veterans – had to go and fight a new totalitarian enemy in Korea.

Just imagine the response of the current generation to this. How would people who need a “trigger warning” before reading Shakespeare, and who think their rights are violated by someone else’s hairstyle, react to what the Greatest Generation faced? Can you imagine Millennials, more used to rioting against free speech or arguing that there are more genders than Heinz varieties, picking up a rifle and marching off to save civilization? Me neither.

So what made the Greatest Generation so special? Are there any lessons we could take from them that might help us lead better, more satisfying lives? Yes, I think there are. Let’s look at the top six things we can learn from our remarkable ancestors.

How frustrating is it, when talking to people, to hear them blame all their misfortunes on someone else?  Sure, there are injustices in the world, and some people have problems through no fault of their own. But, usually, if you’re having problems it’s because of a bad decision you made. If you can’t afford a house, is that because Baby Boomers are greedy? Or is it because you ran up $75,000 in debt doing a gender studies degree, and now you sit in expensive cafes all day eating avocado toast at $9 a plate and tweeting from your brand-new iPhone about how you can’t afford a house?When the Greatest Generation made a decision, they accepted the consequences of it – good or bad. And if the consequences were bad, they looked for a solution instead of someone else to blame.

That over-priced avocado toast? Walmart will sell you a bag of avocados and a loaf for under seven bucks, giving you a week’s worth of toast for less than a dollar a day. You can save another $2.50 by replacing the avocados with less fashionable grape jelly.Look at what you spend money on. Is it really necessary? Is the benefit it brings you really worth the price tag? And do you need to replace things so often? If you’re worried about money – and most of us are – then why buy a new stove or cellphone when your old one still works just fine?

The Greatest Generation believed in make do and mend. If something was good enough, they wouldn’t even think of replacing it with a more fashionable, but unnecessary, model. If a pair of pants got ripped they would patch them rather than throw them out. Keeping up appearances was important – but people would rather wear older, repaired clothes than get into unnecessary debt to buy new ones.

When something broke, the Greatest Generation fixed it. They didn’t throw things away because it was too much trouble to repair them, and they didn’t spend money when they could make or modify something themselves.

The Greatest Generation had a simple attitude to aspirations: If you wanted something, you worked until you’d earned the money to buy it. Taking on unnecessary debt was irresponsible; expecting others to pay your way was lazy. For these people, grinding poverty might be bad; going on welfare was far, far worse, because it was humiliating.

Self-reliance, for the Greatest Generation, didn’t stop at repairing and repurposing their possessions when they broke or wore out. It was also a way of life. If you hadn’t worked for something it wasn’t truly yours, and if you couldn’t afford something yourself you had no right to expect others to pay for it.

Nowadays it’s common to hear people boasting about how important, well-paid or creative their job is. The Greatest generation weren’t like that. They would take quiet pride in a job well done, but work was a serious business, not just a status symbol.

A frequent complaint about Millennials is that they lose interest quickly. It’s not uncommon to hear about them starting a job, then six months later they’re moaning that it isn’t challenging enough for them. Those who grew up in the Great Depression had different ideas. A job wasn’t something you did to feel challenged or fulfilled; it was something you did because it needed to be done. If you weren’t happy with it, that was tough; you gritted your teeth and got on with it. Even if your job wasn’t challenging and creative, you had to stick with it to put food on the table.

This determined attitude to work paid off when a really big job had to be done – defeat Japan and Nazi Germany. The Greatest Generation didn’t march against American foreign policy or pose for photos sitting on a German anti-aircraft gun; the task was there in front of them, and they just got on with it. Because it needed to be done.

When the Greatest Generation were faced with a challenge, they didn’t give up and feel traumatized. They looked for a way to overcome it. The farmers whose lands were blighted by the Dust Bowl didn’t sit back and wait for the government to help them; they moved to look for new jobs, even if that meant heading for the coasts.

To these people, challenges were a part of life. You just had to face them and do the best you could. Today’s young people have no idea of how easy their lives really are; wars are fought by small volunteer militaries, and the risk of being drafted is basically nil. What would they say if they were told they were going overseas to fight – and wouldn’t be coming home until the war was won?

The Greatest Generation didn’t say a word. They just picked up their rifles or riveting guns and did what needed to be done. Then they came home and got on with their lives.

People today love to talk about their trust issues – and, when they’re not doing that, they might be talking about their open relationship. A lot of Gen Xers and Millennials live in a complex web of half-truths and fake identities, so it’s probably no surprise that they don’t trust each other.

To the Greatest Generation promises were something to be taken seriously – whether that promise was an employment contract, a marriage vow or a loan agreement – and a big part of someone’s image was how trustworthy they were. If people couldn’t rely on your word, you could forget about getting any respect. If your colleagues couldn’t rely on you doing your job properly you wouldn’t have that job for long. And if you were a soldier, and you walked away from your post in the middle of the night, you wouldn’t get media interviews and tributes from the president like Bowe Bergdahl did; you’d be tied to a post and shot.

All the most valuable lessons the Greatest Generation have for us are about taking life seriously. That doesn’t mean they didn’t enjoy their lives, because they certainly did – look at the movies, music and literature they created if you have any doubts about that. But they did know that you have to take the rough with the smooth, and that simply giving up when things got difficult wasn’t an option.

They also didn’t get stressed over things they couldn’t change. They didn’t obsess about trivial problems. And they didn’t over-complicate their lives. They found something that worked – a car, a style of dressing, a relationship – and then they stuck with it. Someone’s image depended on their ethics and reliability, not their possessions. Someone who lived modestly but worked hard and kept his word would earn a lot more respect than a flashy show-off.

And, most of all, the Greatest Generation were modest. They didn’t feel the urge to share every aspect of their lives with everyone they met (and social media would have horrified them!) They didn’t boast about their accomplishments, and shunned those who did. That’s all the more remarkable because their accomplishments were so great. They made the world we live in today; we owe it to them to learn from their way of doing things.

THE OIL PATCH WARRIORS OF WORLD WAR II

Seventy-five years ago this month, a Band of Roughnecks went abroad on a top secret mission into Robin Hood’s stomping grounds to punch oil wells to help fuel England’s war machines. It’s a story that should make any oilman or woman proud.
The year was 1943 and England was mired in World War II. U-boats attacked supply vessels, choking off badly needed supplies to the island nation. But oil was the commodity they needed the most as they warred with Germany.
 
A book “The Secret of Sherwood Forest: Oil Production in England During World War II” written by Guy Woodward and Grace Steele Woodward was published in 1973, and tells the obscure story of the American oil men who went to England to bore wells in a top secret mission in March 1943.
 
England had but one oil field, in Sherwood Forest of all places. Its meager output of 300 barrels a day was literally a drop in the bucket of their requirement of 150,000 barrels a day to fuel their war machines.
 
Then a top secret plan was devised: to send some Americans and their expertise to assist in developing the field. Oklahoma based Noble Drilling Company, along with Fain-Porter signed a one year contract to drill 100 wells for England, merely for costs and expenses.
 
42 drillers and roughnecks from Texas and Oklahoma, most in their teens and early twenties volunteered for the mission to go abroad. The hands embarked for England in March 1943 aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth. Four National 50 drilling rigs were loaded onto ships but only three of them made landfall; the Nazi U-boats sank one of the rigs enroute to the UK.
 
The Brits’ jaws dropped as the Yanks began punching the wells in a week, compared to five to eight weeks for their British counterparts. They worked 12 hour tours, 7 days a week and within a year, the Americans had drilled 106 wells and England oil production shot up from 300 barrels a day to over 300,000.
 
The contract fulfilled, the American oil men departed England in late March 1944. But only 41 hands were on board the return voyage. Herman Douthit, a Texan derrick-hand was killed during the operation. He was laid to rest with full military honors, and remains the only civilian to be buried at The American Military Cemetery in Cambridge.
 
“The Oil Patch Warrior,” a seven foot bronze statue of a roughneck holding a four foot pipe wrench stands near Nottingham England to honor the American oil men’s assistance and sacrifice in the war. A replica was placed in Ardmore Oklahoma in 2001.
 
It is by no means a stretch to state that without the American mission, we might all be speaking German today.Special thanks to the American Oil and Gas Historical Society.