"This Act (the Federal Reserve Act, Dec. 23rd 1913) establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this bill, the invisible government by the Monetary Power will be legalized. The people may not know it immediately, but the day of reckoning is only a few years removed. The trusts will soon realize that they have gone too far even for their own good. The people must make a declaration of independence to relieve themselves from the Monetary Power. This they will be able to do by taking control of Congress. Wall Streeters could not cheat us if you Senators and Representatives did not make a humbug of Congress... The greatest crime of Congress is its currency system. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking bill. The caucus and the party bosses have again operated and prevented the people from getting the benefit of their own government."
Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr.
(1859-1924) Congressman (R-MN), father of famous aviator
December 22, 1913, the day before President Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act, in a speech before the House of Representatives
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WOW! ole Lindbergh certainly nailed that one.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jake cangelosi, Summerville, SC      
    Lucky Lindy knew that this Act wouldn't be lucky for the citizens of the USA.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    Money is power, but power is immeasurably more dangerous when legitimized by the state. Kill one man and you're a murderer. Kill one hundred for the state and you're a hero. Violate the liberty of others and it's called slavery. Do it as a member of government and that's called regulation. Take you neighbor's property by coercive force and that's theft. Do it for the government and that's taxation. Print a million dollars of fiat currency in your basement and that's fraud, (counterfeiting), Print a few trillion with the monopoly to do so granted by the state and you're the Federal Reserve Bank.
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, FL     
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     -- Robert Hall, Charlotte NC      
    (-;Bryan, I really like it, very well said;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Impressive, Bryan! If you wrote a book, I would read it. Thank you for putting reality into words.
     -- Rh, Dover, NH     
    Hear, Hear, Bryan!! Which is all the more reason why I have very little hope that we will ever have a Congress that will get rid of the Fed.
     -- KrlyQ, Irving, TX     
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    The most vocal of those opposing the Federal Reserve Act were targeted for extortion and death. Lindbergh was one of them. He was absolutely right. Bryan makes excellent points. Now given that 99% of our Congress was put into office with the support of the Council on Foreign Relations (the political arm of the Fed), and each have been given the power to authorize the printing - er, 'borrowing' - of money to be spent on government contracts for their supporters (and often themselves, too), why would they vote to end this system? They wouldn't, and they don't -- and you won't hear any fuss from Barry, either.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    He has been proven absolutely correct.

    The results: Crony Capitalism gone wild.

    End the Fed.
     -- Bruski, Naples FL     
    Thanks Bryan, all true! The Fed is a millstone around our necks.
     -- Mike, Pleasant Hill     
    Well said Bryan ! Makes you want to file the Affidavit 0f Revocation and Rescission. " If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to Freedom being the gift of God, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave. Sam Adams, The Father of the American Revolution.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     

    Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Sr., the United States Congressman from Little Falls, Minnesota, [1910-1917] is known to have been the most articulate opponent of the Federal Reserve legislation as it passed through Congress in the period between 1910 and 1914.

    What is less well known, is that later, he vehemently opposed the entry of the United States into World War I. For this he was excommunicated out of the Republican Party in 1917 by the “top brass” – who were all well-connected men of Wall Street.

    After the elder Lindbergh was bell, booked & candled from the Republican Party, he went on to co-found the Farmer-Labor Party - which, by the time of its greatest influence, in 1932, held sway over more than fifteen per cent of the electorate. This much is buried - or un- celebrated - History.


     -- Mark Walter Evans, Santa Rosa, California     
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