Anyway, before my dad went into politics, he was an history teacher. He got his Masters degree from University of Houston and his Bachelors from University of St. Thomas. So when I was going up, I not only got hours-long lectures on history at home, but I was the go-to student in history classes as the one who could answer any question the other kids weren't willing to attempt.
In short, it sucked. There I was trying to be cool, but because my dad had drilled this stuff into my head, I always came out looking like the nerd, although secretly my classmates thought it was pretty cool that I knew all that stuff.
Later, "that stuff" became known as "conspiracy theories," and was generally frowned upon and dismissed as complete bunk. In other words, in less than a generation, it went from being cool to know history (even if only in secret) to being weird and even...dare I say it...a little crazy.
More to the point, Dad wrote his Master Thesis on a guy called Colonel Edward Mandell House. House was a Texan, from Houston no less, who to the casual observer was a political and diplomatic mover and shaker. He was eventually fired by Woodrow Wilson, who suspected him of lying about key events in Europe during WW1. Dad's word for this guy was "traitor."
Before I go on, I should stop and talk about a particular "conspiracy theory" called the Strawman. In logic, a straw man is a fallacy where a polemicist sets up a false premise and attacks it, appearing to refute the other guy's argument, but in reality is attacking his own unrelated concept. This particular technique is very popular in political debates, where a candidate will address a topic unrelated to the question asked and then pretend as if the question was fully handled. Rhetorically, this form of fallacy uses the passive voice so as to disguise the subject of the sentence and put emphasis on the object.
The concept comes from ancient warfare, where fake armies were built up out of straw dummies, and while the enemy attacked the decoys, the real army would sneak around and attack from the rear. One particularly good depiction of the technique was shown in the Mel Gibson film "The Patriot," when Gibson's character used fake British soldiers to negotiate the release of American prisoners.
The Strawman Conspiracy posits that the banksters have created legal fictions, or straw men, for every citizen, using the Birth Certificate as a means to create a massive amount of debt on the average lifelong economic output of each person. The person, in turn, can never pay off the debt because he doesn't know it exists, and thus remains a prisoner for life to the system created in his or her name. The hook is the Social Security system, which acts as a kind of "carrot on a stick" to keep everyone paying into the system, but never getting back more than a fraction of the amount taken.
It's a form of indentured servitude involving a contract of which one party is completely ignorant, and which is often entered into involuntarily before the age of majority status - usually at birth these days.
The system is so devious and insidious that most people never become aware of it. Those who do mostly dismiss it out of hand as a "conspiracy theory," and those who actually begin the years of research to figure out how it works and (rarely) how to get out of it never pursue it till the conclusion. Thus, the system perpetuates itself for generations with all but a tiny few ever figuring out what is going on. The vast majority actually believe it to be a benefit to them.
For the reader interested in this highly complex, but fascinating topic, I highly recommend my interview with Frank O'Collins, and a visit to his library will provide many hours worth of research and education.
But back to Colonel House. This slimy bastard, for lack of a more polite but accurate term, was a major player in setting up the Social Security system in the US. He was under no illusions about what the system was designed to do. His own words are much better at describing the design and intent of the "Strawman" system. I don't usually quote other sources at great length, but for those truly interested in liberty, or curious why I say that the System cannot be reformed from the inside and must be torn down completely, I offer a fairly long quote from the man himself in a letter to President Woodrow Wilson. Though it has never been clear, this program may have led - in part - to Wilson and House falling out with each other. So I leave you with this:
"Very soon, every American will be required to register their biological property (that's you and your children) in a national system designed to keep track of the people and that will operate under the ancient system of pledging. By such methodology, we can compel people to submit to our agenda, which will affect our security as a charge back for our fiat paper currency."Every American will be forced to register or suffer being able to work and earn a living. They will be our chattels (property) and we will hold the security interest over them forever, by operation of the law merchant under the scheme of secured transactions. Americans, by unknowingly or unwittingly delivering the bills of lading (Birth Certificate) to us will be rendered bankrupt and insolvent, secured by their pledges."They will be stripped of their rights and given a commercial value designed to make us a profit and they will be none the wiser, for not one man in a million could ever figure our plans and, if by accident one or two should figure it out, we have in our arsenal plausible deniability. After all, this is the only logical way to fund government, by floating liens and debts to the registrants in the form of benefits and privileges."This will inevitably reap us huge profits beyond our wildest expectations and leave every American a contributor to this fraud, which we will call “Social Insurance.” Without realizing it, every American will unknowingly be our servant, however begrudgingly. The people will become helpless and without any hope for their redemption and we will employ the high office (presidency) of our dummy corporation to foment this plot against America." - attributed to Colonel Edward Mandell House
Note that the Federal Reserve Bank was created on 23 December 1913, in a midnight voice vote while most of Congress was away on Christmas vacation. The Social Security Act was signed into law by FDR on 14 August 1935, in (surprise) Austin, Texas. The Social Security Act was written and supported by John D. Rockefeller, Jr,, and a number of large corporations like General Electric, all of which derived financial benefits from the System. Similar systems have been set up worldwide, especially in nations where the US has had strong influence over the 20th century.
Food for thought on this December day. Think about it next time you vote for someone who promises to reform the system from the in