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Abraham Lincoln's dire warning on the future of Corporate America

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posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 03:59 AM

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, 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 the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war"

Apparently the quote is labeled ‘questionable’ in its authenticity. If it is authentic then it was apparently in reference the National Banking Act of 1863.

Democracy and Republicanism in this great national has been quietly torn apart. The vultures of death and destruction have been enthroned, appointing upon their whim whoever they wish for the peasants to elect. Having unshakeable power over our country, our culture, and our people. Controlling the masses in every aspect of their individuality leading to deterioration of tradition, values, and republicanism for their preferred version of commercialism and despotism.

Even Thomas Jefferson warned us about the Corporations and Andrew Jackson warned us about the Banks. Democracy is dead and Republicanism has been raped and transformed into an unrecognizable despotic corporate prison.
edit on 12/11/2010 by Misoir because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 05:33 AM
The quote speaks truth, even if Lincoln wasn't the one who said it. This has been an issue throughout all of recorded history, to varying degrees. The gap between rich and poor is still enormous, but I think it's not as bad as it has been during most other periods in history. Still, the few rich still have almost everything, and even fewer of them actually earned it; most simply inherited it from others, and somewhere in the past, someone either earned or stole it.

posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 07:37 AM
reply to post by DragonsDemesne

Yes the growing income inequality is appalling however anyone with a firm understanding of history recognizes that having different classes is healthy for any society. This does not mean we should allow the inequality to spiral out of control as it has already grown too large a disparity.

Also I agree with you that even if this is not truly a quote by Abraham Lincoln, which I do believe it is, then whoever did say it is absolutely correct in his analysis.

posted on Dec, 11 2010 @ 08:32 AM
Lincoln was a paradox. He fought to preserve the Union yet it was the war he declared that opened the nation to control by the industrial interests and banks. The Civil War was the greatest expansion of railroads in history and from that point the robber barons moved westward, claiming land as they went.
Lincoln created the greenback in deference to loans offered by the European powers, an act of freedom that got him killed.

posted on Dec, 12 2010 @ 01:26 AM
reply to post by Misoir

It's not the disparity of income that I'm opposed to. It's the fact that many hardworking people have nothing while others who have earned nothing have it all. For instance, I have no issue with someone like Bill Gates and his billions, because he started out like most of us, middle class, yet managed to make something of himself. It's people like Paris Hilton who had everything handed to them, or people like Bernie Madoff who just plain stole it that piss me off.

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