“The game is rigged and the American people know that. They get it right down to their toes.” That’s Elizabeth Warren talking, the former consumer advocate and law school professor and now a Democratic senator from Massachusetts.
Her new memoir, “A Fighting Chance,” discusses one of America’s biggest challenges: how to level the playing field so that Main Street doesn’t always come second to Wall Street.
Ms. Warren was on the scene for the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, when she became the chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which carried out one of the government’s major bailout deals. In her retelling, we watch as the banks that caused the crisis receive special treatment and costly rescues while troubled homeowners get little or nothing.
The Congressional Oversight Panel, she writes, “couldn’t change a system that seemed hellbent on protecting the big guys and leaving everyone else by the side of the road.” To Ms. Warren, the message was clear, if startling. “Millions of people were getting tossed out on the street, but the government’s most important job was to provide a soft landing for the tender fannies of the banks,” she writes.
Today, of course, Ms. Warren is no outsider in Washington but she still brings that mind-set to her work. “I came to the United States Senate late in life,” she said. “I didn’t shape my life around how I could run for office and how I could have the maximum number of donors or allies. I came as a continuation of the consumer work I had done for 25 years. That work was the outsider’s work.”
A best-selling book written in 1972, "The Captains and The Kings," was targeted to young Baby Boomers to help them understand the political health of their country and what they must do to get the country back on track.
Here is the author's Foreword to the bestseller "Captains and The Kings" in 1972:
This book is dedicated to the young people of America, who are rebelling because they know something is very wrong in their country, but do not know just what it is. I hope this book will help to enlighten them. The historical background and the political background of this novel are authentic. The "Committee for Foreign Studies" does indeed exist, today as of yesterday, and so does the "Scardo Society," but not by these names.
There is indeed a "plot against the people" and probably always will be, for government has always been hostile towards the governed. It is not a new story, and the conspirators and conspiracies have varied from era to era, depending on the political or economic situation in their various countries.
But it was not until the era of the League of Just men and Karl Marx that conspirators and conspiracies became one, with one aim, one objective, and one determination. This has nothing to do with any "ideology" or form of government, or ideals or "materialism" or any other catch-phrases generously fed to the unthinking masses. It has absolutely nothing to do with races or religions, for the conspirators are beyond what they call "such trivialities." They are also beyond good and evil. The Caesars they put into power are their creatures, whether they know it or not, and the people of all nations are helpless, whether they live in America, Europe, Russia, China, Africa, or South America. They will always be helpless until they are aware of their real enemy.
President John F. Kennedy knew what he was talking about when he spoke of "the Gnomes of Zurich." Perhaps, he knew too much! Coups d'etat are an old story, but they are now growing too numerous. This is probably the last hour for mankind as a rational species, before it becomes the slave of a "planned society." A bibliography ends this book, and I hope many of my readers will avail themselves of the facts. That is all the hope I have.
Now 50 years from the death of JFK, Baby Boomers are the best educated of all former generations. However, they need to read or re-read "Captains and The Kings" to better understand how their country is being weaken through politically created wars throughout the world and inflationary monetary policies that endanger the American Dream.
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