The Rape of the Republic
By Barbara Anderson on (Dec 07, 08)

"You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ‘cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store”.
(Chorus of “Sixteen Tons” lyrics by Tennessee Ernie Ford)

It has always been repugnant to people to be in debt and thereby not free. Every leader who has commented on morality has said that the worker is entitled to the fruits of his/her labor. However, the “company store” of which Ford sang was a piker compared to the banking manipulators who have plunged us all into deep debt. The machinations of the Federal Reserve, aided and abetted by our Congress, has put each and every American person into de facto bankruptcy. The mind cannot conceive of the vast mass of debt that has been added to our backs in just a few months’ time. This is over and beyond any before we have ever experienced.

Once upon a time, the highly touted guru, Alan Greenspan, gave out some warnings:

“In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation….This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.”

…”Gold still represents the ultimate form of payment in the world.”

Knowing all this more keenly than the average citizen, Greenspan still has participated in the rape of the Republic by co-operating with the Federal Reserve, which is not federal at all, but a group of mostly foreign banking interests which owe We the People no allegiance.

The 9th Circuit Court spoke:

…..”we conclude that the (Federal) Reserve Banks are not federal…..but are independent privately owned and locally controlled corporations… without day to day direction from the federal government.”

Lord Acton warned:

“The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks.”

It appears that “sooner” is here. With the co-operation of those in Congress, the banking interests have indebted this country to trillions of dollars. Only a few in Congress would not go along with the “bailout”. That opened the door to what we see now, the black hole into which the taxpayers’ money is going. The point man is Henry Paulson, who treats us with disdain when we ask for accountability. He will give us none. The original “bailout”, which was pushed as needing to be “now, now, now”, seems swallowed up in that dark hole that only Paulson’s people know about. The urgency seems gone. Perhaps that is because more billions have been confiscated from We the People for various other bailouts even more audacious and costly. Our Congress, which is the duly appointed entity that should be disbursing monies, has thrown in the towel. Perhaps they have also thrown in with the Paulson gang.

At least one past legislator has confessed:

“I have never seen more Senators express discontent with their jobs. I think that the major cause is that, deep down in our hearts, we have been accomplices in doing something terrible and unforgivable to our wonderful country. Deep down in our heart, we know that we have given our children a legacy of bankruptcy. We have defrauded our country to get ourselves elected.” - John Danforth (R-Mo)

There is little or no oversight while this is going on. It seems left up to Paulson to pick and choose which banking institutions will be favored with a bailout. Some have been refused. Now, the auto companies are clamoring for the same treatment, with less success, so far. Also, California’s Arnold Schwartzenegger has put his tin cup out. Others are standing in line for a taxpayer handout. It is as if the sharks have smelled blood in the water; there is a great frenzy in the land.

Napoleon Bonaparte even recognized that:

“When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes. Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”

Henry Ford remarked:

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

Who are these people who hold such power over We the People? Keith Bradsher tries to explain::

“In a small Swiss city sits an international organization so obscure and secretive….Control of the institution, the Bank for International Settlements, lies with some of the world’s most powerful and least visible men: the heads of 32 central banks, officials able to shift billions of dollars and alter the course of economies at the stroke of a pen.”

Barry Goldwater tried to educate the populace:

“Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international money lenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve System have never been audited. It operates outside of the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States.”

“The Trilateralist Commission is international…(and) is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States. The Trilateralist Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate the four centers of power - political, monetary, intellectual, and ecclesiastical.”

John F. Hylan reiterated that assessment:

“The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls it slimy legs over our cities states and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as ‘international bankers’. This little coterie run our government for their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created screen….(and) seizes…our executive officers….legislative bodies….schools….courts….newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”

We have seen the meltdown of our banking. Next will follow the meltdown of our means of production, communication and food supply.

Thomas Jefferson recognized the implications early on:

“Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.”

***Many of these quotes are from “Quotes/Quotations” found at

Barbara Anderson is a Capitol Hill Coffee House staff writer.

By Barbara Anderson on Dec 07, 08
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