The United States is an oligarchy. That is what the government’s own academic institutions are saying, as well. This cannot be spelled out any more clearly than by yesterday’s events: both Jeb Bush, the recent in a long line of high politicians of the Bush family line, and Hilary Clinton, former First Lady to Bill Clinton and Secretary of State, threw their hats into the ring to become the next President of the United States of Amerika (USSA).

Amerika truly is an oligarchy. Princeton University published a study earlier this year, with data from more than 1,800 policy initiatives spanning the years 1981 to 2002, which concluded that a small minority of well-to-do and well-connected people control the nation, and that the will of voters doesn’t dictate their policies.  In other words, according to the researchers, America is an oligarchy under the thumb of an elite class.

And so, in an oligarchy, voting doesn’t matter.  The entire political dialogue is fabricated; elections are rigged; Republicans and Democrats offer the same positions on most policies, and so on.  The process towards dictatorship in the US has been a long-term one, going back centuries. Most recently, when private banking powers took over control of government printing presses all over Europe, the way of the modern serfdom commenced.  This control over the money system has given banks and government what’s nearing total control of planet.

In the 17th century privately-owned Bank of England took over the right to print England’s money from the Crown. Thus, the Crown had to borrow from the banks.  Colonists in the New World went against the Bank of England, but slowly over time, in particular with the implementation of fractional reserve banking and the Federal Reserve, the nation was once again under control of the banks.

In the 1900s, according to historian Murray Rothbard, politics became controlled by the Morgans and Rockefellers. Nomi Prins, in her book All The Presidents’ Bankers, identifies six banking giants and associated banking families that have run politics. That’s why few third party candidates get anywhere, with a major exception being Ron Paul, as they don’t have the supports of major banks.

Whoever the President is, the country will continue on roughly the same course it has been on, which is that of a collapsing empire. In his book American Beyond Capitalism, Prof. Gar Alperovitz argues that the US is too big.  The only way to fix the nation is intense localization, with communities and states taking power away from Washington DC and the global power centers.

America is an oligarchy. The politicians and politically-connected work together to further their own self-interests, stealing wealth and controlling the dialogue of the country, setting an agenda along the way. Killary Clinton and Jeb Bush come from dynasties. As Bloomberg pointed out last July, “Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor. “ She had said at the time she was broke.  The two speeches given by the nascent candidates paints the similarities. As Clinton spoke:

With that same spirit, together, we can win these four fights.

We can build an economy where hard work is rewarded.

We can strengthen our families.

We can defend our country and increase our opportunities all over the world.

And we can renew the promise of our democracy.

If we all do our part.  In our families, in our businesses, unions, houses of worship, schools, and, yes, in the voting booth.

And Bush’s speech: 

“We will take command of our future once again in this country.

“We will lift our sights again, make opportunity common again, get events in the world moving our way again.

“We will take Washington – the static capital of this dynamic country – out of the business of causing problems.

“We will get back on the side of free enterprise and free people.

In one of her essays, Ellen Brown puts Bush in some evil company regarding California’s water wars: “Today the water wars continue on a larger scale with new players. It’s no longer just the farmers against the ranchers or the urbanites. It’s the people against the new ‘water barons’  – Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, the Bush family, and their ilk – who are buying up water all over the world at an unprecedented pace.”

The so-called “Bush-Clinton Era” barely ended in 2009 with Barack Obama. In the course of my research for this article, I did not have to delve to deep to get a sober look at what the future of America holds unless there is a major grassroots movement away from the parties and away from Washington DC towards local communities. As Wikipedia states about the Bush-Clinton Era, which includes part of Reagan’s presidency.

All three presidencies were marked by divided government, bitter partisanship, corruption, and political anxiety, especially with the several scandals of Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s presidencies. All three presidents promoted an expansion in the size and scope of government and an expansive monetary policy, managed by the Federal Reserve. There were several economic bubbles during this time, most notably the dot-com bubble (1993-2000) and the housing bubble (2003-2007). All three presidents initiated military operations in Iraq aimed at limiting and ultimately removing Saddam Hussein from power, and Reagan also took a large and active role in watching over the situation in Iraq during his Presidency. Further, the re-positioning of the United States in the post Cold War era and the rise of anti-U.S. terrorism became priorities.

Americans can therefore anticipate “more-of-the-same,” as political candidates like to say; that is, national tensions that could spark a Civil War; corrupt politicians working with their banking cronies; even bigger government taking over increasingly mundane aspects of daily life; a currency devalued even further by the Fed; and, finally, more death and murder. It does not matter who is elected. Behind the political curtain, they’re  family friends. Also from Wikipedia:

George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, despite having been opponents in the 1992 election, have since had amicable relations. Since 2001, Clinton and Bush have become especially good friends and maintained strong teamwork and relationships. Outside politics, the two of them have worked together on a number of important issues…

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Originally Appeared At The Dollar Vigilante