Peter, Steve and Martin Luther…

As I roll this thing back and I think of American history, there was a time in American history when you had to be a male property owner in order to vote. The reason for that was, because they wanted the people who voted — that set the public policy, that decided on the taxes and the spending — to have some skin in the game.

Some Kings are not like others.

One Response to Peter, Steve and Martin Luther…

  1. Helen Johnson says:

    a few comments from

    “When economic power became concentrated in a few hands, then political power flowed to those possessors and away from the citizens, ultimately resulting in an oligarchy or tyranny.” John Adams

    “As riches increase and accumulate in few hands . . . the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard.” Alexander Hamilton

    “We can have democracy in this country or we can have great concentrated wealth in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” Justice Louis Brandeis

    “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all Republics.” Plutarch

    “Of all the potential perils to the new American republic, the prospect of concentrated power . . . troubled the intellectual leaders of the Revolutionary generation. Familiar as the founders were with old Europe . . . they understood why the accumulation of inherited wealth led to inequities and imbalances that inevitably corrupted any system of government.” Joe Conason

    “I hope we shall . . . crush in [its] birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations.” Thomas Jefferson

    “Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth.” Theodore Roosevelt

    “As a result of the 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 wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.” Abraham Lincoln

    “It [concentration of wealth and power] has been a menace to . . . American democracy.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it.” Woodrow Wilson

    “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism – ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

    “Competition is the hallmark of a free enterprise economy. For the past thirty years, however, corporate America has been doing everything it can to cut competition, with major corporations merging and consolidating at every opportunity.” Lou Dobbs

    “President Eisenhower saw it coming, and it is here. Patriotism no longer exists among many of these corporations. Some companies have more economic clout than entire countries. They can make or break a politician.” Senator Byron L. Dorgan

    “The gains we made in the United States that have made our country great have, in large part, been made over the opposition of major corporations. On nearly every issue, from fair labor standards, to the minimum wage, to environmental standards, to standards for a safe workplace, corporations have fought against them every step of the way.” Senator Byron L. Dorgan

    “It is the members of this business elite . . . that pose the greatest danger to our American way of life. They are the ones who’ve bought and paid for members of both political parties. . . .” Lou Dobbs

    “The ruling class is the rich. . . . And those people are so able to manipulate our democracy that they really control the democracy.” Walter Cronkite (2005)

    Occupy Wall Street supporters have read their history books

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