Smart people listen to what the media reports and sort of smell a rat, but are either too busy, or too reluctant to believe the worst. Some may let their minds actually wonder or discern ie that there is conspiracy lurking behind the news and perhaps in much of what’s reported to us, but ? Who, what, where, when and why are often a little too seemingly unconnected and oblique. Since before the Civil War, but more so now because our Constitution and our Republic are broken, and fair government for all Americans is quite broken, meetings behind closed doors (among the, I hate the expression, but the wealthy among the ‘power elite’), sadly have an effect on the health of our domestic commerce, our society, and our quality of life. That’s why secret societies such as Skull/Bones, enjoy some degree of ‘reverence’, or Knights of Columbus or Malta aka SMOM or Templars, Society of Jesus (Jesuits), etc even high levels of ‘freemason’ in our neo-feudal society have, and have had short and long term deleterious effects on our domestic commerce and our quality of life and society.
People of these inner circles of means and power that then hurt our future and had contempt for their fellow Americans behind their self-interests included Smedley Butler, a man among them but not OF them (1) and (a). We understand this by “War is a Racket”. Published in 1935, “War Is a Racket” is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler, according to Wikipedia. In them, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit (war profiteering) from warfare.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Butler made a nationwide tour in the early 1930s giving his speech “War is a Racket”. The speech was so well received that he wrote a longer version as a small book with the same title that was published in 1935 by Round Table Press, Inc., of New York. The booklet was also condensed in Reader’s Digest as a book supplement which helped popularize his message. In an introduction to the Reader’s Digest version, Lowell Thomas, the “as told to” author of Butler’s oral autobiographical adventures, praised Butler’s “moral as well as physical courage”.[1 wiki note]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Is_a_Racket and http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html
Published 2010 by World Classics Books
(1) (a – see below: John 8:23, I John 4:4, 17) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smedley_Butler
Born in West Chester, PA, Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a United States Marine Corps major general, the highest rank authorized at that time, and at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler is well known for having later become an outspoken critic of U.S. wars and their consequences, as well as exposing the Business Plot, a purported plan to overthrow the U.S. government.
By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.
In 1933, he became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists were planning a military coup to overthrow Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler selected to lead a march of veterans to become dictator, similar to other Fascist regimes at that time. The individuals involved all denied the existence of a plot and the media ridiculed the allegations. A final report by a special House of Representatives Committee confirmed some of Butler’s testimony.
In 1935, Butler wrote a book entitled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. After retiring from service, he became a popular activist, speaking at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists, and church groups in the 1930s.
Rather than dying in battle, sadly in 1940, he was off’d in a friendly, chummy hospital in his home town at that point, Philadelphia. I figured that those who hated his disinclination to head the junta against Roosevelt, also knew he would smell a crafted war strategy which Stinnett describes in “Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor ” (2)
(a) (John 8:23, I John 4:4, 17)
http://www.blbclassic.org/Bible.cfm?b=1Jo&c=4&t=KJV#4 and also v17