Corruption in high places was a concern of President Abraham Lincoln. Too bad for the common good of the nation that his prescience was all too correct and now "Triumphant Plutocracy" is what we've got, m'peops.
Here's a Quote Round-Up compliments of the excellent Information Clearing House:
"The convention which framed the Constitution of the United States was composed of fifty-five members. A majority were lawyers - not one farmer, mechanic or laborer. Forty owned Revolutionary Scrip. Fourteen were land speculators. Twenty-four were money-lenders. Eleven were merchants. Fifteen were slave-holders. They made a Constitution to protect the rights of property and not the rights of man."
Senator Richard Pettigrew in his book, Triumphant Plutocracy (1922)
(2009 is the year of the speculator pair, Jupiter and Neptune with their three conjunctions from May to December - the first is soon upon us on May 27. And 'money-lenders' are covered by inflationary, excessively liquid Jupiter/Neptune, as you know. The Fed is busy printing more money as I type, even though CONGRESS is supposed to be responsible for the task - but they vacated that seat years ago.)
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of war, 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 the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed. I feel, at this moment, more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
Pres. Lincoln in a letter to Col. William F. Elkins on November 21, 1864
(And so do I and many other Americans but it doesn't seem to be doing the nation much good to fret. The squirrelly 'financial collapse of 2007/08' is part of their script as was the coup of the Oval Office in 2000, with Trilateralist Al Gore assisting.)
"This great and powerful force - the accumulated wealth of the United States has taken over all the functions of Government, Congress, the issue of money, and banking and the army and navy in order to have a band of mercenaries to do their bidding and protect their stolen property."
Senator Richard Pettigrew in Triumphant Plutocracy (Published January 1, 1922.)
(Yes, that's one thing about stolen property - you have to work really hard to protect what shouldn't be in your possession at all.)
"It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives."
Dorothy Thompson (1894-1961) in Ladies Home Journal, May 1958
(Hmm. In 1958 even Ladies Home Journal understood what the US government's usurpers have conveniently forgotten. And they used their propagandistic 'war on terror' and the attacks of 9/11/01 as cover for strangling our liberties in hopes that we will forget, too. But as long as I have a memory, I will not forget. Will you? jc)
Here's what I posted a few months ago concerning 2009's Great Conjunction/s of Jupiter and Neptune on Jude's Threshold with their dates of exactitude, degrees, and midpoint pictures of note - and a few pithy remarks, of course. Can't blog without pithy remarks. jc