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Look back further and separate yourself from ideology for at this.
AntiFederalist Paper No. 1
A DANGEROUS PLAN OF BENEFIT ONLY TO THE “ARISTOCRATICK COMBINATION”
From The Boston Gazette and Country Journal, November 26, 1787.
The cycle is far older than your "military industrial complex" notion.
Originally posted by nwtrucker
reply to post by charles1952
LOL, good point. Johnson was an outright pig. FDR.. sigh.
Still, we seemed to be recovering, at least somewhat, from those black days during Reagan/Bush 41. Who knows whether that would have continued without Perot. It sure didn't with him....
Originally posted by CosmicCitizen
We changed in degrees:
1) Constitutional change allowing Senators to be popularly elected instead of appointed by the state legislators.
2) The creation of the Federal Reserve Bank concomitant with the Federal Income Tax.
3) The defacto bankruptcy of our country in the 1930s and the recall of the gold by FDR.
No comment since it really is all a theory. Interesting inclusion nonetheless.
4) The assassination of President Kennedy.
Another fine point.
5) Nixon taking us off of the gold standard that was established at Bretton Woods (altho he had no choice).
6) The Supreme Court recognizing corporations as legal persons (and how that impacts campaign contributions).
7) The election of a President that was not eligible for high office.