posted on May, 6 2009 @ 07:20 PM
Oh the good old Dodge Brothers would be so delighted if alive today. They always knew crime would pay!
What you know as Chrysler LLC began back in 1900 at the time other American Illuminati luminaries were making their bones. John and Horace Dodge were
Detroit rough and ready thugs, always looking for a way to make a buck and quick with their fists, who like most adventure and action seekers of the
day wasted no time falling in love with the horseless carriage.
Fond of racing horses and cars, booze, wine, women and song, they began making precision engines and chassis in 1900 and their first main customers
were the Olds Motor Vehicle Company and the brand new Ford Motor Company.
In 1913 John Dodge exclaimed he was “Tired of being carried around in Henry Ford’s vest pocket” and in 1914 he and Horace introduced the Dodge
Model 30. It pioneered and made standard the all steel unibody construction that soon would be featured in cars the world over right up today.
Likewise they introduced the 12 volt electrical system that all cars use today. As the new company quickly gained a reputation for quality and
innovation Henry Ford decided to stop paying dividends on Ford Stock, which to give you an idea how far the rough and ready Dodge Brothers had
traveled there annual dividend share of their stock in Ford was worth 1,000,000.00 dollars annually. A staggering sum in 1916, Ford ended up buying
out all his shareholders to keep from having to continue paying the Dodge Brothers in perpetuity for their amassed stock and eventually settled with
the Dodges for 25,000,000.00 dollars. Not bad at all for a couple of local street toughs.
That same year the Dodge Model 30 touring cars went to war with the U.S. Army in the Pancho Villa Expedition into Mexico. In one of the Dodge Model
30’s most colorful Mexican war exploits Lt. George S. Patton led ten soldiers and two civilians in 3 Model 30’s to conduct a raid at a ranch house
in San Miguelito, Sonora, killing three of Pancho Villa’s most trusted subordinates and then strapping their corpses to the hoods of the Dodge’s
and driving up to their Headquarters in Dublan where a horde of excited Newspaper men snapped photos soon to be splashed across Newspapers everywhere.
In 1920 Dodge Cars ranked second place in American sales when John Dodge suddenly died of pneumonia and his hard drinking brother Horace died of
cirrhosis before the years end heartbroken at the loss of his beloved brother and partner in business and crime.
The American Automobile Business has a fascinating rich and unique history of many such characters who built and innovated and poured their blood,
sweat, tears and every penny they could save, beg, borrow, or steal into them, as America developed it’s love affair with the automobile, that made
Americans one of the most mobile and independent citizens of any nation on earth.
During World War I, it was Henry Ford who developed the first Tanks, and whether you were fighting for the Germans, English, Turks, Russians, French,
or Austrians you probably got to your battlefield in an American Vehicle.
Max and Morris Grabowski owners of the Grabowski Motor Car Company better known today as GMC Trucks a General Motors Division made the Blitz truck in
the 1930’s that literally put the Blitz in Hitler’s Blitzkrieg, it was the Blitz that made Hitler’s revolutionary all mechanized army lightning
fast, and America was king when it came to making vehicles that were envied the world over.
Most of Castro’s Cuba still gets around in 1950 model Chevrolets and Cadillacs with custom tooled spare parts because even right up to it’s
collapse the Soviet Trabat was just no replacement for a good old American Car.
Some how Detroit didn’t see the Oil crisis coming, when the first Arab Oil embargo hit America as a result of Israeli politics, and build for
comfort and owning the road and cheap gas which was around 20 cents a gallon at the start of the Embargo and pushing 1.00 a gallon by the end of it,
many working Americans could no longer easily afford their rolling estates on wheels and soon another couple of brothers with a shady past from the
rough and tumble neighborhoods and streets of Chicago would turn the luck of being stationed in the U.S. Army in post war occupied Japan into Gold.
The Moran Brothers Art and Jim and their friend Rick Hendricks had fallen in love with their little Toyotas while tooling around the Japanese
mainland, so much so that as the Toyota company rebuilt its bombed and shattered manufacturing with the help of American money, and American Car
Luminaries sent to Japan to aide in it’s reconstruction, they had talked Toyota into signing an exclusive distributorship of Toyotas in America,
that would for ever cause any Toyota being imported into America to pass through Jim and Art Moran's and Rick Hendrick's hands first.
The small efficient compact car Toyota built for Tokyo’s narrow streets and much higher gasoline prices lacked the sex appeal, room and comfort of
the much larger and more powerful and better appointed American cars and weren’t an easy sell in those early days.
When gas reached around 1.00 a gallon all of a sudden thrifty Americans and those on a budget began to take notice of Toyota and Honda which had also
likewise signed exclusive distributorships and only had but one store and showroom at the time in Southern California. Soon Americans were clamoring
for Toyotas and Hondas to make increasingly painful trips to the gas pumps pleasurable again.
Toyota and Honda weren't quite prepared for the explosion of the market for their cars and the lack of variety in the solid little, boxy metal,
lightly powered inline 4 cylinder engines they were powered by (another Dodge brother innovation) but Japan in the middle of a post economic boom had
cheap money to lend to Japanese corporations at just 2% interest, money was no problem further developing the compact car concept and getting it
manufactured and shipped.
The Morans and Rick Hendricks soon split America up into little fiefdoms that each would rule. Jim Moran founder of JM Automotive not only is the
South East Toyota Distributor but markets a huge array of insurance and warranty and service products to a wide variety of Dealer Franchises that sell
everything from Chryslers to Pontiacs to BMW’s in their Showrooms. JM Automotive is in many ways the backbone of retail auto sales today, training
Dealership Finance Managers to spin and close the financing contracts and insurance and warranty products and close the sales, providing the
computers, programs, forms and most of the logistics that make today’s car business function.
Slow to respond to the Japanese inroads in their markets brought on by the oil crisis, and then with a combination of hastily and often poorly
designed and manufactured smaller cars it would take American manufactures the better part of two decades to retool and rethink their own love affair
with the muscle, sports, luxury and full sized sedans it had become famed the world over for. Starting in the midst of the Carter's Administration
recession where unlike Japanese companies that could borrow at 2% American companies might have to pay as high as 18% to borrow capital, the retooling
of American Car Manufacturing would be slow, painful and costly at a time when consumers too were looking at upwards of 18% interest to finance the
increasingly higher priced cars featuring new more fuel efficient engines and lighter composite metal bodies to reduce weight and save gas.
Meanwhile a fickle American public had moved on and all but divorced the American Manufacturers, some would cling to their Buicks and Olds Mobiles
come what may while others had to have their Trans Ams and Corvettes, but by then a new generation of younger Americans and Latin Immigrants had grown
and come into a world where Toyota was King and Honda was Prince, and American Cars were the red headed ugly step child. By the early 90’s Detroit
was building some truly superb cars again, give or take a flop here or there. In one of the world’s most competitive businesses some might think
that’s bound to happen unless you are the one who bought one. The perception would never be overcome in the minds of many consumers no matter what
kind of reviews or which neighbor bought one, American Cars had become toxic in the mind of the majority of Americans who to this day won’t stop by
a showroom to test drive one, let alone research its specifications or repair history.
Happy to shun it’s own biggest manufacturing products, and to vilify the union workers who clung to a Union Wage while Wal-Mart and the other big
corporations led the charge to export other lucrative manufacturing to break the Labor Unions and lower and stagnate wages, the typically selfish and
often too clever for his own good American sealed their own fate in the march to the New World Order and their new found love with cheap Corporate
Outlet prices and imported products.
America sold and abandoned and then killed itself, buying, consuming with out thought or care for the long term cost of the great deal they were
What a deal!
John and Horace might have gotten us one last time, but Americans seem almost determined to do themselves in with their blind support for a corrupt
two party system, their fear of loosing their slave wages from the huge corporate conglomerates that make staggering profits off of their labors and
purchases, and the easy Credit that turned most of the nation into modern day indentured servants.
We grieve, but we grieve for the wrong things, for the wrong reasons.
Sorry John, sorry Horace, but hey you knew most of us weren’t too bright all along right?
[edit on 6/5/09 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]