I am constantly amazed that the Republican Party has been so powerful for such a long time. This is the party whose only goal is to increase the wealth of the rich and powerful at the expense of everyday people. That they have been able to pull the wool over the eyes of so many Americans for so long is a tribute to their command of such tactics as disinformation and deceit. I look upon old Abe Lincoln and Dwight D. Eisenhower as the last honest Republicans.
The ultimate goal of the Republican Party and its single-minded corporate interests is a GLOBAL ECONOMY. That has been their goal for at least 80 years and George W. Bush's planned destruction of the U.S. economy has landed them the closest they have ever been to their goal. They DON'T WANT A MIDDLE CLASS. They want a wealthy, governing class and the workers. The RICH and the POOR. That's it.
It started with Grandpa Prescott Bush, who attempted to overthrow FDR and implement a fascist dictatorship in the U.S. based upon the ideology of Mussolini and Hitler. In 1933, Marine Corps General Smedley Butler was approached by a wealthy group of industrialists and bankers, including Prescott Bush, Dubya's grandfather, who asked him to lead rogue army of 1/2 million veterans and stage a coup to overthrow President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Their goal was to impose a fascist takeover and "to beat the Great Depression."
Operating under the umbrella of a "front group" called the American Liberty League, the group included many families that are still household names today, including Heinz, Colgate, Birds Eye and General Motors. Butler blew the whistle and identified the ringleaders in testimony given to the House Committee on un-American Activities. However, the Committee refused to even question any of the individuals named by Butler and his testimony was omitted from the record. The media ignored the story.
Prescott Bush was a partner in Brown Brothers Harriman and was also one of the proprietors of the Banking Corporation Union. Both of these companies played a key role in financing Hitler on his way to power in Germany. While we were fighting the Nazis in World War II, Prescott Bush's companies were seized under the Trading with the Enemy Act because they were selling fuel to and laundering money for the Nazis. On October 20, 1942 the government ordered the confiscation of Ranking Corporation Union (owned by Prescott Bush) and also seized the Dutch-US Trade Corporation and Seamless Steel Corporation both administered by the Bush-Hamman Bank. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on November 17, 1942, confiscated all assets of the Silesian American Corporation, which was also administered by Prescott Bush, for trading with the enemy. Investigative Journalist, John Buchanan, who conducted research along with British journalist, Duncan Campbell of the BBC, tells the story many decades after the events.
After WW2, President Eisenhower warned America to be watchful of the "Military-Industrial Complex." Flash forward to today. We now have 761 military bases worldwide staffing over 2.5 million people. Further, George W. Bush has accomplished his grandfather's goal. He has left the borders open and reduced the American economy to its worst condition since Grandpa tried to install a fascist government.
The Republican Party, famous for its "dirty tricks" and lack of ethics, in an obvious attempt to have their own Hillary Clinton, gave us Sarah Palin, a braindead version. Now, in their obvious attempts to appear inclusive (a Black Republican is an oxymoron), they have selected Michael Steele as the head of the Republican National Committee. True to the Republican tradition, Steele is now under investigation for financial fraud. It seems the newly-elected chairman of the Republican National Committee had his 2006 Senate campaign pay more than $37,000 to Brown Sugar Unlimited, a company run by Steele's sister, Monica Turner. Records show the expense being for "catering/web services," but Turner filed to dissolve her company 11 months before the payment was received.
There are also charges that Steele used money from his state campaign improperly; that Steele paid $75,000 from the state campaign to a law firm for work that was never performed; and that he or an aide transferred more than $500,000 in campaign cash from one bank to another without authorization. Mr. Steele will fit right in with traditional Republican politics so clearly established under the Bush family.
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