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Does freemasonry fastrack politians to positions of power?
Masonry And Politics
by Paul Fisher
Writing of Freemasonry's dominance of the public life of France during the Third Republic (1870-1940), historian Mildred Headings, said the
Fraternity established a firm and determined policy that nothing should occur in that country "without the hidden, secret participation of Masonry."
With that goal in mind, the Craft made a concerted effort to have as many Masons as possible in parliament, the ministries, and in other official
capacities. As a result, "the public power, the national power [was] directed by Masons."
To demonstrate the political power of Masonry in France during that period, Ms. Headings noted that in 1912, for example, 300 of the 580 members of
the House of Deputies (52.7 percent) were Freemasons, as were 180 of 300 Senators (60 percent).
What of the United States? The preceding pages of this book have disclosed how Masonry dominated public policy in a number of individual States, and,
nationally, through the Nativist, Know-Nothing, APA, and Ku Klux Klan Movements. But if Masonic dominance of the national legislature is used as a
criterion for the strength of Freemasonry in France, the same criterion applied to Masonic membership in the United States Congress shows the
Fraternity's control of public life on this side of the Atlantic has been much more pronounced than in France.
In 1923, for example, 300 of 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives (69 percent) were members of the Craft, as were 30 of 48 members of the
U.S. Senate (63 percent). Six years later, 67 percent of the entire U.S. Congress was comprised of members of the Masonic Brotherhood.
Although Masons continued to hold a dominant position in the House and Senate in 1941, their proportion of the total membership dropped to 53 percent
in the Senate and 54 percent in the House. In 1957, a "typical" member of the 85th Congress was a Mason.
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