One Billion Dollars Flushed Down the Toilet

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At a speech in Chicago, William Jennings Bryan stated that the Democratic party “opposed an English financial policy in 1896; it opposes an English colonial policy now.” [1]

“What excuse can be given for the adoption of a colonial policy?” asked Bryan. Secretary Lyman Gage, “key-hole” of the William McKinley administration, offered “philanthropy and five percent” as the foreign policy explanation. [1] (This apparently means “philanthropy” at a 5 percent profit to the “philanthropist”.)

But forcible annexation of the Philippines “will cost more than it is worth, and the whole people will pay the cost, while a few will reap all the benefits,” argued William Jennings Bryan. [1]

The “philanthropy and five percent” as the foreign policy meant we were not conquering territory but were “helping” the people over there. A five percent profit was not too much to ask.

Countered Bryan, “When the desire to steal becomes uncontrollable in an individual he is declared to be a kleptomaniac and is sent to an asylum; when the desire to grab land becomes uncontrollable in a nation we are told that the ‘currents of destiny are flowing through the hearts of men’ and that the American people are entering upon ‘a manifest mission.'” [1]

But Thomas Jefferson, in a letter written in 1791, disagreed with imperialism: “If there be one principle more deeply written than any other in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.” [1]

Jefferson has been called an expansionist, but he never advocated the acquisition of remote territory. Jefferson did approve the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, although somewhat reluctantly due to questions about its constitutionality. [2] As for the possible acquisition of Cuba, Jefferson in 1823 suggested we should be in readiness to receive Cuba “when solicited by herself.” Thinking that someone might use an annexation of Cuba as a precedent for indefinite expansion, Jefferson wrote, in a letter to President James Madison dated April 27, 1809, “I would immediately erect a column on the southernmost limit of Cuba, and inscribe on it a ne plus ultra as to us in that direction.” [1] (ne plus ultra is Latin for “nothing more beyond”.)

In 1890, James G. Blaine, Secretary of State, had worked to improve relations between North and South America. Blaine was decidedly against the principle of conquest. He was also against the “free trade” idea because it would “impoverish American workers and farmers.” [3]

President McKinley, in a message to Congress dated December 6, 1897, was against forcible annexation of Cuba, “for that is not to be thought of. That, by our code of morality, would be criminal aggression.” [1]

Yet by 1898, some were “thinking of that which was then ‘not to be thought of.'” What had changed? The answer may be that a secret agreement had been made in 1897 between Great Britain and the United States. This is alleged several times in E.C. Knuth’s book, The Empire of “The City”. (Further background: Secrets of the International Monetary Fund, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of April 2, 2014.)

What would Thomas Jefferson have said about a $1 billion “aid package” to Ukraine? On April Fool’s Day 2014, H.R. 4152 finally passed through the House and Senate, leaving just President Barack Obama’s signature for it to be official. [4] Would Jefferson have said, “Okay, okay – ne plus ultra, and this time I really mean it”?

H.R. 4152, giving away $1 billion we don’t have, might be more of the “philanthropy and five percent”. If so, who gets the 5 percent profit? “The whole people will pay the cost, while a few will reap all the benefits.” (William Jennings Bryan)

——- Sources ——-
[1] Republic or Empire?, by William Jennings Bryan, et al. Chicago: The Independence Company, 1899
[2] “Louisiana Purchase”, Wikipedia, April 3, 2014
[3] James G. Blaine, Wikipedia, March 31, 2014
[4] “Ukraine Aid and Sanctions Bill Finally Passes Congress”, by Sara Morrison. The Wire, April 1, 2014

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2 Responses to One Billion Dollars Flushed Down the Toilet

  1. Pingback: American Lackeys (Uniformed Servants) of Great Britain | Ersjdamoo's Blog

  2. name789 says:

    correction:
    >>>> “Jefferson did approve the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, although somewhat reluctantly due to questions about its constitutionality.”

    The facts is that, far from being reluctant, it was President Thomas Jefferson who initiated the purchase of Louisiana territory
    http://www.yamaguchy.com/library/jefferson/1802.html

    (wikipedia is not source)

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