First of all, call it a conspiracy if you want, but the idea of an elite group of leaders controlling the world, is not a new theory. The idea of the existence of the so-called Illuminati has been around since the founding of our nation. They are often linked to the Freemason's and shrouded in secrecy. I am not writing to convince you that they are either fact or fiction. I simply want you to read the following words of these powerful men and decide for yourselves.
Secondly, I wish to thank Ross Pittman, of Conscious Life News for his contribution to this post. I obtained many of these quotes from his cohesive article. His piece was the answer to the question my mind kept asking, and he saved me a lot of time in tracking all the quotes down. Now, let's take a look behind the curtain with these great men:
After having served two long, grueling terms as the first President of the United States, George Washington knew first-hand how difficult it would be to maintain a government with the original intent of the Founding Fathers. Perhaps he, more than anyone else, could recognize the signs of lust for power. That's why the remarks in his Farewell Address should have been our first clue. I find it quite interesting that Washington feels compelled to give us the following warning: "... it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed, to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth [that unity of government is the foundation of our real independence]; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national Union to your collective and individual happiness;".
In a letter to a friend, Washington also commented about the Illuminati themselves: "It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may… actually had a seperation [sic] of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.”
One of the single most contentious battles that Washington faced in the development of the new government was the Banking System. From the founding of this nation, the control of money and the role of the banks was seen as a threat to our existence. (God, Himself warns of "serving mammon".) And so it seems that Banks have been at the heart of power and government from the very beginning:
John C. Calhoun, Vice President (1825-1832) and U.S. Senator, said this in a speech given on May 27, 1836: “A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.”
It seems as if this power only increased with the age of the nation. The 26th President of the U.S., Theodore Roosevelt penned this ominous statement: “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
I am no fan of Woodrow Wilson, yet I am left amazed at the candor he reflects in this commentary: “A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men… [W]e have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.”
Getting the picture? Just 124 years after the first President was sworn into office, our national leader is declaring that our government is utterly corrupt; that "of the people, by the people, and for the people" is obsolete! We are now 100 years past that declaration. How much worse must it be?
In 1932, Congressman Louis T. McFadden delivered this speech to the House of Representatives: “Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government board, has cheated the Government of the United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt…Mr. Chairman, when the Federal Reserve act was passed, the people of the United States did not perceive that a world system was being set up here… and that this country was to supply financial power to an international superstate — a superstate controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure.”
Even famed aviator Charles Lindbergh denounced the establishment of the Federal Reserve: "When the President signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized....the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill."
In 1954, Senator William Jenner, of Indiana, made this prophetic statement: “Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means… We have a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government… This ruthless power-seeking elite is a disease of our century… This group…is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.”
In 1961, President John of Kennedy, author of the Nobel Prize winning book, Profiles in Courage, wrote these alarming words: “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings… Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe... For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence ... It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.... Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
Then in a comment made to a Columbia University class on November 12, 1963, just ten days before his assassination, President Kennedy said, "The high office of the President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom, and before I leave office, I must inform the citizens of this plight." Did this "secret system", this "invisible world government", silence this dissenter? We will probably never know. But he hasn't been the last to denounce the powerful Elite.
During the Iran Contra hearings in 1986, Senator Daniel Inouye went on record with this inflammatory statement: "There exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself."
And if you need further proof, these are the actual words of the Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan, himself: "... the Federal Reserve is an independent agency, and that means, basically, that there is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take. So long as that is in place and there is no evidence that the administration or the Congress or anybody else is requesting that we do things other than what we think is the appropriate thing, then what the relationships are don’t frankly matter."
So, there you have it. From almost the very moment our unique form of government was instituted, there has been a powerful force seeking to destroy our freedom; a freedom that was "endowed to us by our Creator." Should that really surprise anyone? If God instituted a new form of government (and I believe His hand was intimately involved) then doesn't it make sense that Satan's move would be to introduce a counterfeit or "secret" shadow government to tempt man's natural greed for money and power? And it seems as if our nation's leaders have known about it from the first, but were powerless to stop it.
I know it is a common message today to point out that there is not a political solution to what ails us; that the answer is spiritual. So, if this world's freedom is truly at the whim of powerful men, then we must seek the power to curb their control over our lives from a higher Source. That power is available to us, and we don't need to fear the consequences of unholy avarice. I choose to serve only one Master, and He is greater than any system on this earth.
Psalm 10:3 "For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire; He blesses the greedy and renounces the Lord."