The last presidential election ended with an apparent "landslide" victory for President Clinton. The President and Vice-President savored the "mandate" they received when returns showed that they received 50 percent of the vote. An exit poll by the Voters News Service suggests, however, that this electoral victory does not necessarily indicate that Americans got the president they wanted in this election.
The Voters News Service (VNS) is a joint venture of the Associated Press and the five major TV networks. VNS polled 11,720 people as they were leaving the voting stations, and, if there are any truth to polls, this one reveals some sobering facts about the American "democratic" system today.
We should keep in mind that just over 51 percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots in this election, an all time low. This would mean that, realistically, around 25 percent of all eligible voters voted for Bill Clinton. Of this 51 percent, VNS established that:
If Clinton received the votes of about 25 percent of eligible voters, and about half of those who voted for him thought he was a liar or had serious reservations about his character, this could realistically drop his percentage of unqualified support among eligible voters to 12 or 13 percent. Even though these figures are approximate, it is not difficult to conclude that this "landslide" victory has fallen far short of its pretentious claims. Where there is smoke, there's fire, and the figures speak volumes about the public's lack of faith in its leadership.
The Associated Press featured an article on November 7, 1996 that said, "Remarkably, the country that reelected Clinton by landslide proportions - making him the first Democrat to achieve that status since Franklin Roosevelt - also said it did not trust him.
"In polls taken after they'd left the voting booths, nearly six of ten voters said they believed Clinton had not told the truth about Whitewater and other matters under investigation.
"Nearly as many - 55 percent - said they did not consider the president 'honest and trustworthy.'"
The VNS poll also revealed where this nation's priorities are. It is no secret that the economy is on everyone's mind, and:
These figures indicate that voters are three times as likely to be concerned about economic issues as they are about character and trustworthiness in a leader. This certainly has some reflection on the character of the United States as a whole. Loyalties are subject to the leading economic indicators, interest rates, the stock market, or government entitlements, not character, honesty and principle. It is certain that if the nation's economy weakened, so would its tolerance for its leadership.
It wouldn't be the first time a president lost popularity due to economic conditions. Herbert Hoover, one of your finer presidents when it comes to integrity and character, was blamed for the Crash of '29, even though it was caused by factors beyond his control. He was soundly defeated by FDR when he sought reelection in '32.
The Carter administration was saddled with the responsibility for high interest rates in the late 70's, and this contributed to his defeat by Ronald Reagan.
The recession of '91 was the main factor in President Bush's defeat to Bill Clinton.
Many Americans are under the illusion that the President of the United States has the power to direct the economy. Economists who know that this is false will maintain that the federal government is able to "stimulate" the economy by reducing taxes or increasing spending, but this theory is pure fantasy. In the book Tragedy and Hope, Prof. Carroll Quigley writes,
"The powers of financial capitalism had (a) far-reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements arrived at in frequent meetings and conferences. The apex of the systems was to be the Bank for International Settlements."
Prof. Quigley went on to write that this bank is "in Basel, Switzerland, a private bank owned and controlled by the world's central banks which were themselves private corporations [like the Federal Reserve]. Each central bank...sought to dominate its government by its ability to control Treasury loans, to manipulate foreign exchanges, to influence the level of economic activity in the country [by manipulating interest rates], and to influence cooperative politicians by subsequent economic rewards in the business world."
This world bank's power to change the direction of world economies was also described in a New York Times article by reporter Keith Bradsher, printed on August 5, 1995. Mr. Bradsher wrote:
"In a small Swiss city sits an international organization so obscure and secretive....Control of the institution, the Bank for International Settlements, lies with some of the world's most powerful and least visible men: the heads of 32 central banks, officials able to shift billions of dollars and alter the course of economies at the stroke of a pen."
The power of the Federal Reserve is often heralded in the daily news media, and few stop to question this body that has so much power but is not voted into office by the people. The fortunes of millions, as well as the political stability of nations, all hang on the monetary policies of this private bank and its chairman, Allan Greenspan. Financial markets hold their breath while waiting for news of the decrees issued by this dictator.
It is clear to see that if the world bankers want a change in leadership, it would only take a stroke of a pen to alter a nation's economic course, and since the loyalties of the masses were tied only to money, they would quickly remove that leadership and choose the replacement so benevolently supplied by those invisible men (democracy at work).
The American electorates of the past have been much more forgiving towards their presidents during financial difficulty of times past. Even when America was hungry during the Great Depression, President Hoover was tendered the respect due to him as president. Although President Carter was widely regarded as a wimp during his presidency, his honesty and integrity went unquestioned.
Things have changed in this period of this nation's history, however. The people of this nation have been quite jaded by politics as usual, and public cynicism provoked by media mockery have served to drag the office of president to a common level. Clinton's character defects aside, there is very little faith in the presidency or the institution of government in general.
The last preparations are in place for the final overthrow. There remains no bond between the American people and their government, except for the financial benefits they may derive from one another.
By creating a sudden economic cataclysm, the world bankers will cause the masses to throw down their current system of government and take the bait for the new world government that will promise economic security. They have become accustomed to electing their presidents on this benefit alone, and now it will be easy to induce them to disregard the entire institution in exchange for the material benefits they desire.
This cataclysm was foretold in a little book called "The Protocols", the words of which were reportedly taken from a lecture given by someone who was high up in world finance. This book quoted the speaker as saying:
"The revelation of our dictator may actually come before the destruction of the constitution. The moment for this revelation will come when the peoples, utterly wearied by the unpredictability and incompetence of their political leaders - a matter for which we shall arrange - will clamor and cry, 'Away with them and give us one ruler over all the earth who will unite us and eliminate the causes of discord, frontiers, nationalities, religions and national debts who will give us peace and quiet which we cannot find with our present rulers and representatives.'"
This prophetic statement, written down so long ago, is now being fulfilled.
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