"Republics are formed only after revolution. The change to the empire is slow and gradual. One of the saddest lessons of history is that whenever these schools of politics have met in the republics of old, the imperial school, with its dazzling influence of wealth and power, has always won."
by:
John F. Shafroth
[1854-1922] U.S. Congressman (R-CO), Governor of Colorado, and U.S. Senator (D-CO)
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(1901)
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Excellent observation.
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN     
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    OK, I can follow that
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    They have always won due to their power and the influence of wealth. The first such occurrence in the US came by way of Alexander Hamilton who brought in the first central bank. He also was the first to decide that the Constitution was a document in place to give the government Imperial style powers and set out make that wonderful document one of British style rule. He was a traitor. His legacy is the Federal Reserve. No central bank, no political manipulation of the economy. If we are to be free men, the Fed has got to go..
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Well said J Carlton. Ron Paul is working on the FED right now!
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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    The change to the empire can also be very fast - ours is the most short lived. Empires, like societal communities can end in a flash - change can be brought about by either a natural calamity or a revolution, its rarely brought about by the slow pace of mediocrity. The dazzling wealth of imperial and aristocratic societies did not win in France or Russia as they will not win in the USA. As the old saying goes "The higher you are the greater the fall".
     -- RBESRQ     
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    Revolution is inevitable, for without regular stretching and exercise, the body becomes tight and atrophied and eventually succombs to its own inner binds. We must ever 'breakthrough' and 'awaken'. The 'truth' may be suppressed, but it can never be destroyed -- for that we can be thankful and remain hopeful and vigilant. Let us remain prepared for revolution so that when the battle is over we put in place a system of liberty and justice for all. The next revolution for freedom will be bigger than just the US -- in fact it might not even begin with the US but in fact against it.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks." Lord Acton
     -- Anon     
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