Tuesday, December 12, 2006

A Conspiracy Nut? Well, Listen to our Presidents

Throughout our history as a nation, our Presidents, from Washington to Kennedy, have felt compelled to speak to the public of the dangers of secret societies and conspiracies. Perhaps we should listen to them.

George Washington openly discusses the existence and influence of secret societies in the founding of the US government in correspondence with the Reverend G.W. Snyder from Mount Vernon in 1798. Washington (himself a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Freemason) rejects the proposition that Illuminati and Freemasons actually controlled the government, but is forthright in acknowledging the infiltration and influence of their adherents in the political parties.

"I have heard much of the nefarious, and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati....It was not my intention to doubt that the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Freemasons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or the pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of separation). That individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States [i.e., the political parties] may have had these objects; and actually had a separation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned."

This blog's title is taken from Woodrow Wilson's comments on the workings of international conspirators, and the citation appears in full on the masthead. More on this subject in later posts.

Of course the most famous of these warnings is Eisenhower's Farewell Speech to the Nation, and his description of the growing power and influence of the military-industrial complex. This speech is well worth viewing in its entirety for several reasons. First, it is shockingly literate and so reminds us of the the profoundly debased level of our current political discourse. Secondly, it neatly delineates and defines the shadowy nexus of military and corporate interests that had already rivaled and was poised to supplant the actual Constitutional government of the United States.

Also, it is crucial to note that Eisenhower does not define the threat that "commands our whole attention and absorbs our very beings" as Communism, but as "a hostile ideology, global in scope, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method." As essentially an honest man, Eisenhower knew full well that Communism was the creation of these hostile ideologues, their useful tool, and he could not in good conscience mislead the American public about the true nature of our enemies.

No less sobering is John F. Kennedy's remarkable and chilling speech before the National Press Club a few months before his assassination. In it, he appeals to the assembled press corps to "help in the enormous task of informing and alerting the American people" to the "ruthless conspiracy" facing the nation.

He states that we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, upon guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumour is printed, no secret is revealed.

Again, one cannot help but be reminded of the high level and seriousness of Presidential discourse, and again remark upon JFK's deliberate avoidance of attributing this conspiracy to the Soviets or Communism. Again, Communism was a useful tool, the creation of other, higher powers.

Finally, it is important to note that Kennedy's is the last such Presidential warning; with his assassination the shadow government took control of Constitutional government, and all subsequent Presidents have been handmaidens to, and servants of, the real, unseen powers that control the United States. This long Presidential silence is deafening.

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