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What Advice Would JFK Give President Obama on the Economy?

MEMO TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

 

RE: HOW TO FIX THE ECONOMY

FROM: PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

If passed by the senate this week, your economic stimulus bill will not fix the nation’s problem.

It’s the Federal Reserve, stupid.

TIME FOR A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON

President John F.Kennedy,
The Federal Reserve
And Executive Order 11110

by Cedric X

On June 4, 1963, a little known attempt was made to strip the Federal Reserve Bank of its power to loan money to the government at interest. On that day President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the U.S. government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve.

Mr. Kennedy’s order gave the Treasury the power “to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.” This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury’s vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation. In all, Kennedy brought nearly $4.3 billion in U.S. notes into circulation. The ramifications of this bill are enormous.

With the stroke of a pen, Mr. Kennedy was on his way to putting the Federal Reserve Bank of New York out of business. If enough of these silver certificates were to come into circulation they would have eliminated the demand for Federal Reserve notes. This is because the silver certificates are backed by silver and the Federal Reserve notes are not backed by anything.

Executive Order 11110 could have prevented the national debt from reaching its current level, because it would have given the government the ability to repay its debt without going to the Federal Reserve and being charged interest in order to create the new money. Executive Order 11110 gave the U.S. the ability to create its own money backed by silver.

After Mr. Kennedy was assassinated just five months later, no more silver certificates were issued. The Final Call has learned that the Executive Order was never repealed by any U.S. President through an Executive Order and is still valid. Why then has no president utilized it? Virtually all of the current $10 trillion in debt has been created since 1963, and if a U.S. president had utilized Executive Order 11110 the debt would be nowhere near the current level.

Perhaps the assassination of JFK was a warning to future presidents who would think to eliminate the U.S. debt by eliminating the Federal Reserve’s control over the creation of money.

Mr. Kennedy challenged the government of money by challenging the two most successful vehicles that have ever been used to drive up debt – war and the creation of money by a privately-owned central bank. His efforts to have all troops out of Vietnam by 1965 and Executive Order 11110 would have severely cut into the profits and control of the New York banking establishment.

As America’s debt reaches unprecedented numbers and we wage an international war on terror which is further increasing America’s debt, one is forced to ask, will President Obama have the courage to consider utilizing Executive Order 11110 and, if so, is he willing to pay the ultimate price so that the average American can pay for food and shelter?

Original JFK-era United States Treasury Note. Notice they almost look like todays bills, except one says “Federal Reserve Note” on the top while the other says “United States Note”. Also, the Federal Reserve Note has a green seal and serial number while the United States Note has a red seal and serial number.

Original JFK-era United States Treasury Note. Notice they almost look like today's bills, except one says “Federal Reserve Note” on the top while the other says “United States Note”. Also, the Federal Reserve Note has a green seal and serial number while the United States Note has a red seal and serial number.

Here is the text of Kennedy’s original Executive Order:

Executive Order 11110 AMENDMENT OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10289

AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE PERFORMANCE OF CERTAIN FUNCTIONS AFFECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

By virtue of the authority vested in me by section 301 of title 3 of the United States Code, it is ordered as follows:

Section 1. Executive Order No. 10289 of September 19, 1951, as amended, is hereby further amended-

By adding at the end of paragraph 1 thereof the following subparagraph (j):

(j) The authority vested in the President by paragraph (b) of section 43 of the Act of May 12,1933, as amended (31 U.S.C.821(b)), to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury not then held for redemption of any outstanding silver certificates, to prescribe the denomination of such silver certificates, and to coin standard silver dollars and subsidiary silver currency for their redemption

and –

By revoking subparagraphs (b) and (c) of paragraph 2 thereof.

Sec. 2. The amendments made by this Order shall not affect any act done, or any right accruing or accrued or any suit or proceeding had or commenced in any civil or criminal cause prior to the date of this Order but all such liabilities shall continue and may be enforced as if said amendments had not been made.

John F. Kennedy The White House, June 4, 1963.

Of course, the fact that both JFK and Lincoln tried this (and both met the the same end) is a mere coincidence.

Abraham Lincoln’s Monetary Policy, 1865 (Page 91 of Senate document 23.)

Money is the creature of law and the creation of the original issue of money should be maintained as the exclusive monopoly of national Government.

Money possesses no value to the State other than that given to it by circulation.

Capital has its proper place and is entitled to every protection. The wages of men should be recognised in the structure of and in the social order as more important than the wages of money.

No duty is more imperative for the Government than the duty it owes the People to furnish them with a sound and uniform currency, and of regulating the circulation of the medium of exchange so that labour will be protected from a vicious currency, and commerce will be facilitated by cheap and safe exchanges.

The available supply of Gold and Silver being wholly inadequate to permit the issuance of coins of intrinsic value or paper currency convertible into coin in the volume required to serve the needs of the People, some other basis for the issue of currency must be developed, and some means other than that of convertibility into coin must be developed to prevent undue fluctuation in the value of paper currency or any other substitute for money of intrinsic value that may come into use.

The monetary needs of increasing numbers of People advancing towards higher standards of living can and should be met by the Government. Such needs can be served by the issue of National Currency and Credit through the operation of a National Banking system .The circulation of a medium of exchange issued and backed by the Government can be properly regulated and redundancy of issue avoided by withdrawing from circulation such amounts as may be necessary by Taxation, Redeposit, and otherwise. Government has the power to regulate the currency and credit of the Nation.

Government should stand behind its currency and credit and the Bank deposits of the Nation. No individual should suffer a loss of money through depreciation or inflated currency or Bank bankruptcy.

Government possessing the power to create and issue currency and creditas money and enjoying the right to withdraw both currency and credit from circulation by Taxation and otherwise need not and should not borrow capital at interest as a means of financing Governmental work and public enterprise. The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credit needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of the consumers. The privilege of creating and issueing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Governments greatest creative opportunity.

By the adoption of these principles the long felt want for a uniform medium will be satisfied. The taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest, discounts, and exchanges. The financing of all public enterprise, the maintenance of stable Government and ordered progress, and the conduct of the Treasury will become matters of practical administration. The people can and will be furnished with a currency as safe as their own Government. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. Democracy will rise superior to the money power.

WHAT IS THE FEDERAL RESERVE AND WHY DO WE NEED IT, ANYWAY? 

What most Americans don’t understand is that the Federal Reserve is not Federal (look for it in the blue government pages of your local phonebook. It’s not there because it is a private corporation), nor does it have a reserve

One of the most common concerns among people who engage in any effort to reduce their taxes is, “Will keeping my money hurt the government’s ability to pay it’s bills?” As explained in the first article in this series, the modern withholding tax does not, and wasn’t designed to, pay for government services. What it does do, is pay for the privately-owned Federal Reserve System.

Black’s Law Dictionary defines the “Federal Reserve System” as, “Network of twelve central banks to which most national banks belong and to which state chartered banks may belong. Membership rules require investment of stock and minimum reserves.”

Privately-owned banks own the stock of the Fed. This was explained in more detail in the case of Lewis v. United States, Federal Reporter, 2nd Series, Vol. 680, Pages 1239, 1241 (1982), where the court said:

Each Federal Reserve Bank is a separate corporation owned by commercial banks in its region. The stock-holding commercial banks elect two thirds of each Bank’s nine member board of directors.

Similarly, the Federal Reserve Banks, though heavily regulated, are locally controlled by their member banks. Taking another look at Black’s Law Dictionary, we find that these privately owned banks actually issue money:

Federal Reserve Act. Law which created Federal Reserve banks which act as agents in maintaining money reserves, issuing money in the form of bank notes, lending money to banks, and supervising banks. Administered by Federal Reserve Board (q.v.).

The FED banks, which are privately owned, actually issue, that is, create, the money we use. In 1964 the House Committee on Banking and Currency, Subcommittee on Domestic Finance, at the second session of the 88th Congress, put out a study entitled Money Facts which contains a good description of what the FED is:

The Federal Reserve is a total money-making machine.It can issue money or checks. And it never has a problem of making its checks good because it can obtain the $5 and $10 bills necessary to cover its check simply by asking the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Engraving to print them.

As we all know, anyone who has a lot of money has a lot of power. Now imagine a group of people who have the power to create money. Imagine the power these people would have. This is what the Fed is.

No man did more to expose the power of the Fed than Louis T. McFadden, who was the Chairman of the House Banking Committee back in the 1930s. Constantly pointing out that monetary issues shouldn’t be partisan, he criticized both the Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt administrations. In describing the Fed, he remarked in the Congressional Record, House pages 1295 and 1296 on June 10, 1932, that:

“Mr. Chairman,we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government Board, has cheated the Government of the United States and he people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt. The depredations and the iniquities of the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks acting together have cost this country enough money to pay the national debt several times over. This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of the UnitedStates; has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through the maladministration of that law by which the Federal Reserve Board, and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.”

Some people think the Federal reserve banks are United States Government institutions. They are not Government institutions. They are private credit monopolies which prey upon the people of the United States for the benefit of themselves and their foreign customers; foreign and domestic speculators and swindlers; and rich and predatory money lenders. In that dark crew of financial pirates there are those who would cut a man’s throat to get a dollar out of his pocket; there are those who send money into States to buy votes to control our legislation; and there are those who maintain an international propaganda for the purpose of deceiving us and of wheedling us into the granting of new concessions which will permit them to cover up their past misdeeds and set again in motion their gigantic train of crime. Those 12 private credit monopolies were deceitfully and disloyally foisted upon this country by bankers who camehere from Europe and who repaid us for our hospitality by undermining our American institutions.

The Fed basically works like this: The government granted its power to create money to the Fed banks. They create money, then loan it back to the government charging interest. The government levies income taxes to pay the interest on the debt.

On this point, it’s interesting to note that the Federal Reserve act and the sixteenth amendment, which gave congress the power to collect income taxes, were both passed in 1913. The incredible power of the Fed over the economy is universally admitted. Some people, especially in the banking and academic communities, even support it. On the other hand, there are those, both in the past and in the present, that speak out against it. One of these men was President John F. Kennedy. His efforts were detailed in Jim Marrs’ 1990 book, Crossfire:

Another overlooked aspect of Kennedy’s attempt to reform American society involves money. Kennedy apparently reasoned that by returning to the constitution, which states that only Congress shall coin and regulate money, the soaring national debt could be reduced by not paying interest to the bankers of the Federal Reserve System, who print paper money then loan it to the government at interest. He moved in this area on June 4, 1963, by signing Executive Order 11,110 which called for the issuance of $4,292,893,815 in United States Notes through the U.S. Treasury rather than the traditional Federal Reserve System. That same day, Kennedy signed a bill changing the backing of one and two dollar bills from silver to gold, adding strength to the weakened U.S. currency.

Kennedy’s comptroller of the currency, James J. Saxon, had been at odds with the powerful Federal Reserve Board for some time, encouraging broader investment and lending powers for banks that were not part of the Federal Reserve system. Saxon also had decided that non-Reserve banks could underwrite state and local general obligation bonds, again weakening the dominant Federal Reserve banks.

A number of “Kennedy bills” were indeed issued – the author has a five dollar bill in his possession with the heading “United States Note” – but were quickly withdrawn after Kennedy’s death. According to information from the Library of the Comptroller of the Currency, Executive Order 11,110 remains in effect today, although successive administrations beginning with that of President Lyndon Johnson apparently have simply ignored it and instead returned to the practice of paying interest on Federal Reserve notes. Today we continue to use Federal Reserve Notes, and the deficit is at an all-time high.

Story originally published at:

 http://www.john-f-kennedy.net/executiveorder11110.htm

From: The Final Call, Vol. 15, No.6, On January 17, 1996

Editor’s Opinion:

With regard to our present economic crisis alone, Treachery and Treason take on a much more dire meaning and the consequences for our not paying close attention to our being warned, in terms of heeding our patriotic  leader’s from the past such as JFK, that enemies from within are seeking to undermine our very way of life and are active in undermining our civl liberties as well as our monetary system. Not to mention our once democratic operation’s of government.

It is with this in mind that beseech the politically active reading this blog, to carry the torch of reason and better judgement to those who may have contact with political representitives who may be in position to accomplish real change in our nation’s direction both politically and morally.

Information similar to the article posted above is shocking and leaves me wondering about why accountability and even objective / investigative reporting isn’t done anymore. In what is the most progressive and technically savvy time of mankind’s history… we are as in the dark as ever. We are as under-represented and hog-tied as ever in our history and we are effectively at the mercy of an oligarchy, which has blatently lied and outwardly refuses to cooperate with our rules of law.

Isn’t this the kind of thing Ron Paul lways warned us about? (Funny, not long ago, people thought he was a nut. Now, they turn to him for advice like the economic sage he is, because all Rep. Paul has been saying all these years has finally come to pass.) Have we reduced ourselves to being so terrified… that we don’t bare to look at our dirty laundry or talk to bother anymore to confront what is looking like really bad leadership and dare I say treason or treachery? When was the last time you heard anyone convicted of treason or treachery?

No, now it’s gonna be prosecutions of U.S. Citizens who are acting out (badly) in un-patriotic manners who will be thrown in jail for speaking their minds… Tick Tick Tick… Constitution’s burning folks…

Mr. Obama, will your administration deny these realities? Will you pick up the torch you were ceremoniously handed by JFK and RFK’s living legacies? You asked for these legacies to carry you to the office you now hold… will you now deny the weight and obligation, as well as the ominous responsibility to follow through with the Kennedy spirit you have channelled or the legacy of which that spirit holds to ultimatley finish the job that was started in the early 196o’s? You have the energy and support of Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, JFK and RFK.

President Obama, please dismantle the Federal Reserve. The only way to stop this economic bleeding is to go right to the source. Take the creation of money away from the private, run-for-profit central bank and restore our Constitutionally-mandated financial system. Bring back the Greenbacks!

And while you’re working on that massive to-do list, Mr. President, please prosecute Bush, Cheney and Rove for international war crimes, High Crimes & Misdemeanors!

Jack Mosel

Contributing editor

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Op-Ed: Let Justice Be Done, Though the Heavens Fall

Caption: Jim Garrison as Chief Justice Earl Warren in Oliver Stone’s “JFK”

 

FIAT JUSTITIA RUAT  CAELUM

(Latin for “Let Justice Be Done Though the Heavens Fall”) 

 

By Jack Mosel

Contributing Editor

The phrase “let justice be done though the heavens fall” is probably best known to our readers as being spoken by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison during his 1967 trial of Clay Shaw for the murder of President John F. Kennedy  (these words are also inscribed on Garrison’s tombstone).

But these words are as old as the scriptures, and the notion has been around for thousands of years. Fiat justitia ruat caelum is a Latin legal phrase, translating to “Let justice be done, though the sky may fall.”  The maxim signifies the belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences.

Although this legal argument has been used in court cases to justify overturning the conviction of Haywood Patterson in the Scottsboro Boys trial to the abolition of slavery in England, perhaps Immanuel Kant said it best in 1795: “Let justice reign even if all the rascals in the world should perish from it.”

So, why am I invoking this age-old legal maxim now, you might ask?

I am not talking about the issue of justice for JFK, or even RFK (though there is still much work to be done on both of those fronts). I am not addressing this editorial to RFK Jr., Caroline Kennedy, or any member of the Kennedy family specifically, although I wish they would lend us their voices. I am talking about our outgoing President and his entire administration, who look as if they will skate merrily back to the slimepits from whence they came without so much as a slap on the wrists for their numerous impeachable offenses, crimes against the Constitution of the United States, and indeed, against all humanity.

To promote real democracy as being worthwhile and un-reproachable even in the most dire of circumstances, we must take back our country from zealots and self-appointed dictators, evidenced from the crimes we have endured from the past eight years of dictoral rein from the Bush/Cheney legacy period… (Unquestionably) our darkest hours.

But simply electing a new president does not fix the problem. Nor will it make the past go away or be forgotten.

It is undoubtedly painful and almost embarrassing to me to describe my opinion and my country’s activities from repeated abuse over the last eight years on its own people and on its own rule of law. Many might feel that we should let bygone’s be bygone’s and let the Obama Administration get busy with getting all the mess back on track. I agree in theory, but the problem is… the extent of the carnage that was created (that which we know about) was so outrageous and so over the top, that I feel special mechanisms must be in place to re-visit these crimes and without prejudice, investigate and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, all the puppet’s and their masters’ in this hostile takeover, hit and run administration’s drive by, that has left our Constitution, our integrity, our economy and for many of our most patriotic lives in ruin. And that’s not even getting into the American soldiers who have lost their lives in Bush’s war for oil, nor does it account for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the middle east.

9/11/2001: There were more than just axis’s of evil operating in the ‘theater’ from outside our country that day… There IS complicity and COORDINATION that emanated from within our own borders at the highest levels of government and the cloaked private sector COINCIDENTALLY fomented and CONCURRENTLY FACILTATED the events that happened prior to, during and immediately after that horrible day that ushered us into the QUAGMIRE and MELEE of a series of collapsing trap doors that have brought us to our knees today.

If agreed that these are the circumstances that are the results of the Bush regime’s power grab and un-American activities at the highest level of our Democracy, rendering us all to mere observers of own demise, helplessly… Some investigation and some accounting of these actions needs to elaborated on, with real and permanent consequences for establishing mechanisms and fail-safes and prosecutions, that send the message clearly that this never is permitted to occur ever again in the United States of America.

NEVER AGAIN

Are these just sound bytes? News Cycles? Or is this really our state of the union after 8 years from a failed Presidential administration…?

“This is not my beautiful house? This is not my beautiful wife… well, how did I get here?!!!” (Talking Heads)

JUST THE FACTS:

1. The U.S. Constitution has been undermined by a dictatorship, rendering our system of Democracy impotent and dead.

2. We have waged war on sovereign nations under false pretenses and without consent of our countries’ legal jurisprudence. This is evidenced as the plans for war with Iraq were drawn and laid even prior to 9/11 and the Vice President’s office cherry picked, edited and fabricated and falsified documents to serve this purpose involving the FBI and CIA, according to recent publications of people who actually witnessed this treason.

3. The weapons grade Anthrax ‘attack’ on our Senate was traced back to our own manufacture and came from our own labs. Although the official story now is that there was a rogue “Mad Scientist” who was coincidentally unstable (and is now also coincidentally dead, mysteriously committing suicide) as he’s made out as the patsy for this ‘Attack’. However, simultaneously there is no collateral corroboration in that event to substantiate the forced signing under Presidential Order to force the Patriot Act to be ratified by Congress without their even reading the document, without any debate or dialogue within our public democracy to argue the fact that this document would render the U.S. Constitution inert and effectively as Pres. Bush is quoted, “just a God Damned piece of paper”.

4. The Blatant appointment of not just incompetent heads of Federal agencies’ but the appointment of these agencies’ chief’s as being completely partial un-objective and acting in their capacity with serious conflict of interest issues, which our democratic system of government should and would have normally vetted these conflict of interested individuals right out of the running for holding these posts. This has created our greatest debt and has resulted in the ultimate breakdown of our entire countries’ ability to effectively govern and hold balance in its economic mechanisms. The environmental detriment alone to our nations’ ecological equilibrium is as affected, as our nations’ economic forces as a direct result of these conflict of interest appointments to head these departments.

5. Sworn Testimony: This alone is the smoking gun to the Bush/Cheney legacy of the quagmiristic and ill fated state of our nation as we are left with it smoldering today. The lack thereof of any sworn testimony, or corroboration or cooperation with any culpability or accountability from these two men alone throughout their entire 8 year rein to offer any coherent record of their actions prior to, during and post 9/11/2001 alone is reprehensible and shameful if not criminal. Deniability is the law of the day and Dick Cheney knows this and has played us for fools one too many times. Karl Rove must appear for his Congressional subpoena, the allowance for him to evade this bench warrant is baffling. Citizens from around the country have actually tried to arrest him… again, baffling.

QUAGMIRE OF CORRUPTION

There are many itemizable and categorical issues which splinter off these crimes committed by our office of President of The United States. Too many, that to list them all and would bog down the most keen of minds. A “QUAGMIRE” of events have brought us all to this point of being so attacked on so many fronts that it would seem daunting and fruitless to pursue any or even all of them due to the extent that so many of these crimes are cemented deep within a ‘quagmire’ of governmental smoke screens and barrages of litigious folly and political hit men, which would render their mere investigations as being bogged down and muted.

The flaw here is that this should not be the case at all. Our government (supposedly) is packed with public servants sworn to uphold what is now merely a “piece of paper”, who have great paying jobs with benefits and the cache’ of having a position of “Power” in their sworn positions of public service to OUR COUNTRY. These public servants have failed us, PERIOD.

Real Patriots and public servants of the highest order have been given names like crazy, idiot, fool, ideologue and un-American… The truth is these few have been the only ones to give truth, justice and the American way a voice and a consequence for these crimes committed against our great nation. Ron Paul & Dennis Kucinich Both ran for President this past election period, as did Ralph Nader and former Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA). These people said on stage in public, on record, all sentiments I have just pointed out. They called for immediate public attention to these enemies within, an immediate Congressional investigation and immediate correction (impeachment). Their words will forever pock mark the deniability and reckless efforts to evade accountability and culpability from this administrations’ wicked and shameful actions to drag all of us into the mud for alignment with whatever plan they have in place to benefit themselves and for God only knows what the continuance of their agenda is next…

These crimes most not go unanswered and they must not be permitted to stand in the light of day, for all of us good American’s have been represented by scams and conmen and criminals, who actually believe that you and I are powerless, dumb as a stump and have no civic pride…they believe that We The People are the enemy.

We need to demand that change happens NOW with an accounting and a reckoning for all the worst of the worst that we and the whole world have been made to endure for this real Axis of Evil, known as the BUSH DYNASTY.

It isn’t about being Democrat or Republican anymore either… these are mere labels designed to divide us and keep us arguing insiginificant details amongst ourselves while the 800-lb. gorilla slumbers in the living room. It is obvious to me now that this is a device to separate the best of neighbors at the community level… We all love our country and we should never forget that our founding fathers spoke out against the tyranny of the crown and that this is how we came to be… That sentiment and that spirit is being propagandized now in reverse engineering (Thanks Hitler, I mean Rove) for being Un-American? Nonsense… I love my country AND I WANT IT BACK… AND SO DO YOU!

ARREST ROVE! AND WHERE’S OSAMA?

Why isn’t Osama Bin Laden being charged with masterminding or carrying out the events occurring on 9/11/2001 on the FBI Most Wanted List…? I was amazed to find this out and no, it isn’t obvious actually! And it’s the details like this that got us to where we are right here and right now…

This isn’t Liberal or Democratic rhetoric or ‘conspiracy theory nonsense’ anymore, this is all of our business and no agenda or party line or talking point should have the ill afforded privilege or assumed cadence to usurp the real authority of the citizenry combined of the U.S.A. when crimes committed to this extent against our own country remain “Unsolved” or un-investigated… Not when the fallout of all these Quagmiristic coincidences occurred conveniently on just two men’s watch… and in “Modern Times”?!!!

We need an “above board” Constitutional Damage Assessment Oversight Committee formed ASAP… from the OBAMA Administration… Hey RFK Jr.! Hey Caroline! (Hint)… This is what we New Yorkers (and all Americans) need to hear. If you’ve found your voice, use it!

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Op-Ed: “Nepotism Nation?” So What Else is New?

by JACK MOSEL

Contributing Editor, NYS Resident,Caroline Kennedy supporter

It now appears that the Kennedy legacy will fall squarely into Carolines lap

Ready or Not: It now appears that the Kennedy legacy will fall squarely into Caroline's lap

I find it somewhat interesting that no sooner is Caroline Kennedy’s name seriously mentioned as a contender for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Hillary Clinton, all of a sudden we start hearing words like “nepotism” and “dynasty” being tossed around. As if this is some kind of new phenomenon in American politics. Anyone ever heard of John Adams? How about John Quincy Adams? Yes, we’ve been doing this for awhile…

Of course, I understand that our apparent willingness to bestow power upon certain members of elite political families could be a weakness of the American political system, and that is a worthwhile debate to have. But where was all the righteous outcry about nepotism and dynasties over the past three decades when we were simply passing the torch back and forth between the Clinton and Bush royal families?

So, let me get this straight: if it is a Bush or a Clinton, dynasties are good, but if a Kennedy wants to enter public office, dynasties are bad?

What is so horribly wrong with JFK’s daughter ‘evening up’ the ‘dynasty’? Aside from the obvious “lack of experience” mantra we so often hear nowadays, does the bloodline of JFK and RFK bear any merit and value for us? Nepotism, they say? Thank GOD it’s not Despotism (unless you’d rather have the last 8 years back).

I’m more than okay with a Kennedy representing me as a NY resident. Caroline Kennedy as Senator representing NY State sends a message that there may be real change in the Senate coming, as well as in the Presidency. God knows we need all hands on deck now to turn this mess around…as Caroline herself said the other day in Harlem: “this is a time when no one can afford to sit out.”

Now that’s the spirit, Caroline! That’s why I think you’re gonna do just fine as a Senator. What you don’t know, you will quickly learn. What you haven’t done before, you will do.  Your ability and willingness are the only qualifications you really need for this gig, and don’t let people tell you otherwise.

Remember that before your uncle won that same senate seat in 1964, he served as the most “unqualified” U.S. attorney general in American history. Your father appointed Bobby as A.G. knowing he had no courtroom experience as a lawyer, but JFK trusted that what RFK didn’t know, he would learn. Jack was right — his younger brother (appointed among cries of “blatant Nepotism!” and “Unqualified!”) turned out to be more than just controversial…most historians now agree that Robert Kennedy was also the finest attorney general of the 20th century, if not in the entire history of this nation.

So, on the subject of nepotism and political dynasties, let’s take a look at what Politico had to say about it earlier this week, then I’ll toss in my .02 cents below:

Nepotism Nation: Dems embrace dynasty politics
By CHARLES MAHTESIAN | 12/17/08 9:07 AM EST 

“Americans always say they don’t like royalty and hereditary connections,” he said. “On the other hand, they really like families like the Kennedys.”

Taken from: Politico.com 12/17/2008 

The U.S. Senate could end up looking like an American version of the House of Lords. (Sen. Ted Kennedy with Caroline Kennedy)

Barack Obama’s path to the presidency included beating what had been one of the nation’s most powerful families. But, in an unusual twist, his election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics.

His secretary of state will be Hillary Clinton, the wife of the former president. The Senate seat she’ll vacate is being pursued by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of a president and the niece of two senators. Joe Biden’s Senate seat may go to his son Beau. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, Obama’s pick for interior secretary, could end up being replaced by his brother, Rep. John Salazar.

And Obama’s own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal – or to the daughter of Illinois’ current House speaker.

The U.S. Senate could end up looking like an American version of the House of Lords – and Republicans have begun to take notice.

“Democrats seem to lack a common man who can just win a good, old-fashioned election,” said Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “They’ve got seat-warmers, seat-sellers and the making of pillows for the seats of royalty. No wonder the public wonders what’s going on in Washington.”

While Obama’s election and subsequent Cabinet appointments may have accelerated the trend toward dynasty, he’s hardly responsible for it. There is a rich bipartisan history of dynasty in American politics that dates all the way back to the Founding Fathers; Obama-Biden actually represents the first winning ticket since 1976 without a son or a grandson of a U.S. senator on it.

In 2008, the storied Udall clan, sometimes referred to as the Western Kennedys, saw two members elected to the Senate— Mark from Colorado and Tom from New Mexico. In 2010, they could be joined in the Senate by Florida’s Jeb Bush, the son and brother of presidents and the grandson of a senator.

All told, it’s entirely possible that the Senate will be comprised of nearly a dozen congressional offspring by the end of Obama’s first term as president.

“It’s a very interesting American phenomenon, even though there is a line in the Constitution that says no title of nobility may be granted by the United States,” says Stephen Hess, a senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution and the author of “America’s Political Dynasties.” “Given where we started, it’s interesting that this has developed.”

Almost everyone agrees that the high cost of elections is making the world’s most exclusive club seem even more exclusive. According to some estimates, the cost of winning Clinton’s New York Senate seat in the special election in 2010 and the general election in 2012 will be in the neighborhood of $70 million.

“There are three issues behind this trend,” said Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause and a former Pennsylvania congressman. “Money is issue number one, money is issue number two and money is issue number three.”

“It’s an enormously expensive process to run for the United States Senate,” added Edgar, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 1986. “And once someone runs for a Senate seat, there is a sense of ownership.”

At the moment, the Senate includes six sons or daughters of congressmen.

And the House – the “people’s House” – isn’t exactly bereft of hereditary influence, either.

In the 111th Congress next year, there will be 21 House members with a parent who also served in Congress – plus five wives who currently hold their late husbands’ seats.

If Caroline Kennedy is appointed to the New York Senate seat — once held by her uncle, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy — she would be joined in Congress not only by another uncle, Sen. Ted Kennedy, but also by his son, Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy .

Caroline Kennedy picked up support Tuesday from Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), but Kennedy’s relative inexperience has some other New York Democrats feeling wary – even if she does come wrapped in a legendary political name.

Republican New York Rep. Peter King – who is considering his own run for the seat – asked why New Yorkers would feel more comfortable with Kennedy “than with people who have worked in the trenches and worked their way up.”

Then he answered his own question.

President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, with their children John Jr. and Caroline

As dynasties go, here's one I can live with: President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, with their children John Jr. and Caroline

Editorial Comment:

Okay, at some point we who are supportive of politically active Kennedys are going to need to take a position on Caroline’s aspiration to become “D-NY Senator Kennedy”…

That said, and with times of real peril foisted upon us from previous ‘Dy-Nasty’s” ! (Bush 1 & 2)… Cronyism and Nepotism need real alignment and accountablility if / should “it” be permitted to be continued as our best practices management going forward from the hell we are in presently.

A word about Caroline Kennedy, from the humble perspective of a New Yorker: I don’t know much about her, nobody (mainstream) really does.. She is the Daughter of JFK, she has lived in NYS most of her life, has worked in education, has kept her head low politically and in mid-life, is coming out to face a potential continuation of a paternal legacy in her aspiring to serve us in the Federal Government.

Not just any legacy is this public servant seeking to carry on, but the legacy we thought we would never see, ever again…the legacy of Pres. John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I know, I know, right JFK! are you nuts? She hasn’t the slightest idea of what government is! (you might and most likely are saying). Another angle might be ‘great, give Democrats an inch and they’ll take a mile! Oh boy we’re really gonna be taxed and spent out of our minds now! Freeking Liberals!!!…’ Ad Infinitum, to include most easily understood diatribe from the right and all talking points from the Rovianesque era we so need to build escape velocity to break away from.

The Dynasty thing is kinda creepy I’ll admit, but then again this is the Daughter of JFK. “John John,” Caroline’s only brother was ‘killed’ in the prime of his life and was posturing for public office himself, it seemed (this very same Senate seat, as a matter of fact). Caroline’s cousin RFK Jr. is completely active and has his finger on our nation’s pulse in terms of speaking just like his dad and his Uncle did to serve us… and yes, I have to confess that Bobby Jr. was my natural first choice to get the appointment to the senate seat once held by his father. So now comes Caroline.

Caroline, in my book is entitled to at least step up and take a shot at the office of NYS Senator. I don’t have to recant the horrors that Caroline and John Jr. or RFK. Jr. for that matter had to endure for their entire lives… Who else in the “running” for Senate, had their Father and Uncle shot in cold blood (Assassinated) as our sitting U.S. President and NYS Senator, in front of the entire world?

Now in their early 50s, Caroline and RFK Jr. are all grown up and ready to pick up the torches their martyred fathers left behind. With family obligations and enough money and projects to keep them busy for the rest of their lives, they’d dare to take the risk of serving the next generation, their generation of today’s broken America, with the myriad of quagmiristic dilemma and trauma associated with anything political today? Why would they do it if they didn’t truly feel a call towards a life of public service? I would have thought that if public service was sought for someone who just had to merely show interest in running to gain a senate seat, then the present is certainly not the most advantageous or attractive of a time to “fall in” for duty…

“LET US BEGIN ANEW”

We have corruption and despotic foundations laid in the blood soaked brick and mortar of our nations’ highest offices and agancies today (Fact). We have endured a legacy of utter disregard for our most basic principles in this past administration (Fact). We are staring down the barrel of real economic disaster (We are bankrupt?!). Thanks largely to Brain Trusts and lobbyists from this administration which ushered in the likes of unbridled derregulation and real “trickle down my leg” beauties like the Enron loophole (thanks Bush), environmental disaster, infrastructure decay, moral degredation (inside and outside of government), a non-educated / dis-interested youth and a breeding ground for people in the world for people who don’t like “US” very much lately (Fact).

A “super- hero” is not likely to emerge… More likely however, we’ll need all the best and brightest to heal our great country and if ‘Star Power’ is anticipated as that which comes from JFK Himself , represented by his kin is available… So be it.

Not that it is even on the table… I feel our nation owes a debt of gratitude in the least in this case, to take the Daughter of JFK seriously when she say’s SHE WANTS TO SERVE US. What right to any nepotism do any of the current Dynasties serving in government have to authenticate their “right to that priviledge” over that which should be embraced and welcomed from all of us as a nation to offer an open placeholder for JFK’s children, who shared directly and publicly in our nations’ best and worst modern times… 

There is an eternal flame marking JFK’s grave. That flame has been lit for over 40 years… People to this day hold tremendous respect for President Kennedy’s purpose and message, with enduring sentiment and commitment. When was the last time that you can remember(if ever), that a single person moved so many and as much as JFK?… I can’t recall one. Ask not… what a Kennedy can do for us, the irony and tragedy is immense and their service has been obvious… Ask what… we can do for a Kennedy…

If there is one person, one name, one qualified, bonefide name for healing our identity in these days and possibly usher back in respect for us from the world, that name is Caroline Kennedy. Real change is coming to America, with a new president coming to power in less than 30 days… Let that be partly in the presence of the capable, intelligent, adult child of JFK sitting in our Senate, representing the iconic and proud State of NY!

I say “KENNEDY… UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE!”

Let JFK’s LEGACY BEGIN ANEW… and enjoy this moment while it lasts. Don’t worry, the BUSH “NEPOTISM” is ultimately going to rear it’s head again… Right Jeb?! (Boy, another Bush Administration will just about “put the fork in” us altogether… We’ll be DONE!) But right now, we’ve got work to do — serious work — work begun nearly half a century ago by Caroline’s father, President Kennedy. Work that is still unfinished.

After JFK’s Assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson said, “let us continue…” Now, 45 years later, I say: “Let us begin again!”

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days; nor in the life of this Administration; nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.

Now the trumpet summons us again…

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.”

– President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

 

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