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Think ‘We the People’ are close to winning? A conversation 100 years ago might also conclude the US couldn’t possibly get more corrupt without public awakening…

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“Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? – Stupid.” ~ Arthur Sylvester, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 1965, at a Vietnam press meeting as reported by William M. Hammond  Reporting Vietnam: Media and Military at War, 1998.
“The bankers will favor a course of special legislation to increase their power…They will never cease to ask for more, …so long as there is more that can be wrung from the toiling masses of the American People…The struggle with this money power has been going on from the beginning of the history of this country.” ~ Peter Cooper, letter to President Hayes, June 1, 1877.
“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.…