“If Another Couple of Planes Go Down”; October Surprise to Benefit Fascist Billionaire Will Be Preceded by Crescendo of Attacks; Chinese Recklessness, 9/11 Anniversary, Fraud of 28 Pages, Al Qaeda Revival All Helping Trump Propaganda; EgyptAir Crash Triggers Conniption Fit Amidst Hard Right Turn by Mogul; Ten Possible Diagnoses for Trump’s Mental Illness; Reminder to Attend Tax Wall Street Party Panels at New York City Left Forum Saturday and Sunday
World Crisis Radio
May 21, 2016
During the dispute during the Middle Ages as to whether the Roman Pope of the Holy Roman Emperor in Germany had the right to appoint bishops, the disobedient emperor Henry IV, whom the Pope had excommunicated, was forced at a certain point to give his claims and surrender to the superior power of Pope Gregory VII, also known as Hildebrand. The hapless emperor had attempted to assert his authority over the choice of bishops, but he was soon threatened by a rebellion of his vassals. His only hope was to make a pilgrimage to the Pope’s castle at Canossa in northern Italy and there beg for forgiveness in the form of an official absolution. The Pope forced the emperor to remain kneeling bareheaded in his courtyard for 72 hours in the snow before he would hear his confession. Since this memorable event a millennium ago, to go to Canossa has become proverbial in a number of languages for a humiliating capitulation.
How happy then is the braying Donald Trump, who knows nothing of any of this and who seemingly has utterly no shame. The fascist billionaire visited Kissinger on Wednesday to deliver his declaration of fealty. Trump naturally strutted about, no doubt posturing as the new Metternich (Kissinger’s dissertation was about how the original Metternich, the Austrian leader, had re-installed and restored the reactionary feudal aristocracy of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna in 1815).
Trump is desperate for legitimacy. He has evidently been in contact with Kissinger for some time. Kissinger, long an enabler of bloody dictators, has some legitimacy to give, at least in the eyes of vain fools. What Kissinger has always wanted in return are patronage jobs for his clients and proteges. The price of his advice will be a good number of posts that will allow him to influence policy.
So it was more of the usual sleazy horse trading among the hacks of the regime. But wait! Wasn’t Donald Trump supposed to be the fiercest of all the anti-Establishment candidates? Wasn’t he supposed to be the great hope of senile, vindictive, white male voters to go to Washington and shake things up? Bernie Sanders says he would never put a tyrant like Kissinger into his cabinet. Does that mean Trump has been housebroken by the Establishment, while Bernie is still fighting?
If these questions are embarrassing for the fascist billionaire, they are more so for his wretched flacks. Michael Savage, an eager member of the Trump media cartel, now thunders that if Trump names the scoundrel Newt Gingrich as vice president (as seems more than likely), then he will sit out the November elections and urge his benighted followers to do the same. Trump has nothing to worry about, though, since Savage made these same kinds of empty threats when the fascist billionaire declined to join the rejection front against the North Carolina bathroom law.
The biggest laughs were to be had observing the antics of the feckless libertarians as they carried out evasive maneuvers to re-assure their duped audiences that Trump had not sold out. Roger Stone was happy to sit in with assurances that Trump was merely trying to get close to Kissinger to learn the secret plans of the infamous Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberger Group. The hosts themselves were eager to embrace this doctrine.
One commenter complained that he had been duped and fleeced by Ron Paul. Then he had been duped and fleeced by Rand Paul. Now he was being told to give his loyalty, his effort, and his money to Trump, and he was thoroughly disgusted.
When Hitler in mid-1934 chopped off his plebeian activist wing, the ones who had taken his promises seriously, he had already created a police state dictatorship, and was thus able to keep control of the Nazi or NSDAP party. But Trump has not yet taken state power.
Trump’s current hard right reactionary turn is therefore not without the danger that some of his fanatical myrmidons may see that he is a faker, and head for the hills. They will be doing themselves a favor. Anything is better than remaining lashed to the carcass of Trump.
The Tax Wall Street Party has long argued that the most effective way to reform the US political system is to bring about the collapse and extinction of the Republican Party as a national political force, quickly followed by the split of the Democratic Party into two factions, one representing the interests of Wall Street, as interpreted by such figures as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the like, with the other emerging democratic faction oriented towards a revival of an anti-Wall Street, new deal, and pro-labor party. The events of recent months have abundantly confirmed that this perspective is completely realistic, and is indeed occurring all around us day by day. But this process needs to be guided by leaders who are conscious of what is going on. This is the idea of a party realignment of the type the United States has witnessed in such critical watershed elections as 1824, 1860, 1896, 1932, and 1968. The current realignment began in 2008, and is now in urgent need of successful completion, lest Trump or some similar political adventurer abort the process and engineer realignment into fascism.
The entire Trump phenomenon and the reaction to it on the part of traditional GOP reactionaries, shows that this party is ripe for a schism. On the Democratic side, the bifurcation of the party between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaign also points in the same direction. In the past several days, new evidence has emerged to show how much animosity has been generated by the goon tactics deployed by the pro-Wall Street hacks at the Democratic National Committee, and in the right wing Democratic bureaucracy in many states.
The DNC and its boss, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are supposed to be neutral in regard to the various candidates competing in the Democratic primaries, but it has long been an open secret that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Clinton machine. One signal of this was the DNC’s absurd 2015-2016 debate schedule, which featured an unusually limited number of debates, many of them scheduled for odd hours on weekends, and some of them timed to be in direct conflict with popular sporting events, thus assuring a miniscule audience. This was almost universally interpreted as an attempt by Wasserman Schultz to protect Ms. Clinton from an expected effort by her adversaries to gang tackle her on the early debate stages.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz also made herself into a laughingstock by demanding that the DNC defray tens of thousands of dollars of expenses of a costly fashion wardrobe which she claimed was indispensable for her to carry out the functions of her chairmanship.
This is the bankrupt apparatus which is now howling with feigned shock and consternation about a little shoving and a few nasty phone calls associated with the Nevada Democratic Convention. Suddenly the rotten, corrupt, corporate media who must by now have contributed almost $3 billion of free publicity to the fascist Trump have discovered that Bernie Sanders is also a presidential candidate, although their only commentary is to demand that he drop out and stop interfering with the Hillary coronation.
The Tax Wall Street Party hopes his that Bernie Sanders will muster more courage than he has generally shown so far, and will honor his pledge to fight all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. This is more important than ever in the light of today’s polling, which has indicated that Hillary Clinton has lost her nationwide lead. Bernie Sanders has almost always done better than Hillary against the fascist billionaire Trump. Bernie’s Pacific Coast strategy has already given him victory in Washington state and Oregon, and augurs well for his results in California. A big and important state like California certainly deserves a full-fledged presidential debate of its own, where key Western regional issues like water, land, and the like could be debated. Bernie should be publicly demanding that Hillary engage in a formal debate with him before the California primary. Finally, the predominantly black voters of the District of Columbia should not be disenfranchised and thus also deserve their say in the DC Democratic primary, which comes one week after California.
Depending on the results in these states, it may well be that large numbers of Democratic super-delegates will arrive in Philadelphia plagued by profound doubts about the viability of Ms. Clinton. Bernie has to hang on, come hell or high water, to be able to offer the alternative. We also should never forget the sort of Damocles which hangs over Ms. Clinton in the form of a possible indictment for her illegal email server, or for her influence peddling through the corrupt channels of the Clinton Foundation.
Bernie must assert his leadership of the Democratic Party by assuming direct personal responsibility for the defeat of Trump. If he leaves this task to Ms. Clinton, he will not be seen as a serious fighting leader. His speech in California last night offered some grounds for cautious optimism in this regard, but the Vermont senators still has a very long way to go before he will be able to reach across the aisle with the knockout punch he should have delivered on Hillary months ago. Hint: exposing Trump as a fascist and a Nazi would go very far in this direction, in our view.
The Tax Wall Street Party therefore calls upon Bernie Sanders to fight for the Democratic nomination, for the platform, and on other issues, all the way through the Democratic National Convention. Far from increasing the possibilities of a Trump victory, this is the best recipe to make sure that Trump’s opponent will be the most effective one.
Fascist Billionaire’s Continued Erratic Behavior Raises Questions About His Mental Health; Does He Consciously Flip-Flop, or Do His Rapid Shifts Reflect the Ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Which Claimed the Life of His Father?; Anyone Seeking the Life and Death Power of the Thermonuclear Button Owes the American People Their Complete Medical Records; Trump Has Only Submitted a Crude PR Letter with the Unverifiable Claim That He Would Be “The Healthiest Individual Ever Elected to the Presidency”
Continuing with his slow-motion Night of the Long Knives that has seen him recruiting such sleazy establishment figures as Paul Manafort of the “Torturers’ Lobby” and Steven Mnuchin of Goldman Sachs and the Soros interests to run his campaign, Donald Trump will on Thursday seek the blessing of Henry Kissinger for his quest for the presidency. Trump is not anti-establishment; he is the essence of the establishment, and has been for almost three decades. Perhaps some of his dupes and gulls will wake up.
As Trump looks increasingly towards the Republican National Convention in July, public attention is beginning to focus on two areas of obsessive secrecy which the fascist billionaire will undoubtedly be forced to clarify in the coming weeks. The first involves Trump’s federal income tax return, which – according to his rival Cruz — contains information about embarrassing business ties to organized crime and the mob. The second issue regards Trump’s mental health and his cognitive ability to discharge the duties of the office of the presidency. The Tax Wall Street Party will, over the coming days, take this opportunity to survey the broad array of opinions in the public domain about Trump’s mental health.
Many candidates in the recent past have made their medical records public. Some have been forced to do so by doubts about their fitness raised in the public domain. Last December, the Trump campaign released a crude and meager letter from his attending physician, Harold Bornstein of New York City. This strange document reads more like a public-relations release than a physician’s summary of the candidate’s medical condition.
The letter starts with the elementary blunder of being addressed “To Whom My Concern.” It goes on to boast that Trump’s medical condition is “astonishingly excellent.” This sounds like Trumpspeak. After a few brief paragraphs, the letter concludes with the sweeping summary that, if elected, Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” This is obviously an assertion which is beyond the ability of Dr. Bornstein to make, since whatever his great merits might be as a physician, he has here ventured on the terrain occupied by the historian, but without providing any documentation in the process. This absurd letter must therefore be dismissed as pure public-relations, and no substitute for the detailed medical review to which the American people have a right. (For the “To Whom My Concern” [sic] letter, please see http://www.npr.org/2015/12/14/459700154/doctor-trump-would-be-healthiest…).
In assessing Trump’s mental health in the context of his overall medical condition, a number of starting points would be feasible. One would be the candidate’s own claim that he is suffering from what he has called borderline obsessive-compulsive disorder. Or, we could begin from the fact that his brother Fred died of alcoholism at a relatively young age. Or, we could start from the fact that his father died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1999.
We will examine these starting points and others in the course of our survey. Let us begin with Alzheimer’s, because it is one of the most obvious issues.
Donald Trump is older than he looks. A small army of plastic surgeons has been necessary to keep them looking the way he does. In fact, the fascist billionaire is now approaching the age of 70.
What makes this avenue of inquiry compelling is the obvious match between the textbook symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Trump’s own erratic behavior. One author who has taken the lead in courageously calling attention to the obvious is Sophia McClennin, currently Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn State University and founding director of the Center for Global Studies, who recently wrote in Salon:
‘The Donald Trump gaffe track keeps playing. The GOP frontrunner seems to literally spew out a doozy almost daily. Campaigning in Pittsburgh, he recently blathered, “How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? Right? How about that—how about that whole deal?” While his campaign suggested he was referring to the former Penn State football coach’s statue, it was hard to shake the sense that Trump was unaware that Paterno died in 2012 and that Pittsburgh has no direct tie to the sports program at Penn State, which is located three hours east.
Then there was the time that Sean Hannity asked Trump which government agencies Trump would shut down, “The Department of Environmental,” Trump replied. That exact sort of gaffe killed Rick Perry’s entire campaign, but despite some biting Stephen Colbert mockery, the mistake hasn’t seemed to hurt Trump at all. He won New York despite suggesting September 11 happened on 7/11….
We have become so accustomed to these sorts of ramblings that we don’t really register them as anything more than standard nonsensical Trump-speak—a pattern of speech we have seen crop up across the GOP in recent years, most notably in Palin’s gibberish. But I urge you to re-read the exchange [below] and register the range of nonsense—the lack of basic grammar, the odd syntax, the abrupt shift in topic, the disconnect from reality, the paranoia, and the seeming inability to even grasp the question.’2
McClennin and others were shocked by the discussion with Trump when he recently visited the Washington Post Editorial Board. Here, Trump was asked repeatedly as to whether he was proposing to use nuclear weapons against ISIS. In response to the question of whether he would go nuclear, Trump offered this incoherent non-reply:
“I don’t want to use, I don’t want to start the process of nuclear. Remember the one thing that everybody has said, I’m a counterpuncher. Rubio hit me. Bush hit me. When I said low energy, he’s a low-energy individual, he hit me first. I spent, by the way, he spent 18 million dollars’ worth of negative ads on me. That’s putting [MUFFLED]…”
When the editor pushed further, reminding Trump that the question was about ISIS rather than the other candidates, as his answer had no bearing on the question at hand, Trump again went completely off the rails.
“I’ll tell you one thing, this is a very good-looking group of people here. Could I just go around so I know who the hell I’m talking to?”’3
Trump cannot give a straight answer, and quickly drifts away into one of his typical obsessive-compulsive vendettas against rival candidates. He then seems to lose track of where he is, reminding readers of the unfortunate Admiral Stockdale, Ross Perot’s vice presidential candidate, when he seemed to awake from his slumber to call out in the middle of his vice presidential debate with Al Gore and Dan Quayle “Where am I? Why am I here?” in 1992.
Trump’s typical campaign rhetoric is an enraged monologue or stream of consciousness soliloquy, inevitably focused primarily upon himself as victim of injustice and indignity, seasoned with choice insults launched against his real or imagined tormentors. Another observer sums it up as follows:
‘Anyone who has watched one or more of Trump’s rambling, incoherent, aimless political speeches about himself can identify this most common trait. One would need to look no further than Trump’s use of the verbal tic “bing bing bong bong,” which refers to the ease at which he has bought politicians through campaign contributions. Trump has also shown a disconcerting habit of talking about his policies without being able to properly articulate what those policies actually are….Trump sounds less like a political broken record and more like a person suffering from some form of mental illness with meaningless slogans and shallow figures of speech” swirling around his head.’4
The website of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland , leaves no doubt that, although the causes of Alzheimer’s disease are by no means fully understood, genetic or hereditary factors certainly play a role. As the NIH writes:
‘Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease. It is characterized by the development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles; the loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain; and the death of these nerve cells. There are two types of Alzheimer’s—early-onset and late-onset. Both types have a genetic component.’5
Of the two principal types of Alzheimer’s disease, is the early onset variety, which generally appears earlier in life. Here the genetic or hereditary component is strong. In the early onset variety, the disease may have been present for many years, working below the surface in ways that are not easy to establish:
Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) or early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (EOFAD) is an uncommon form of Alzheimer’s disease that usually strikes earlier in life, defined as before the age of 65 (usually between 50 and 65 years of age, but can be as early as 15) and is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, identified by genetics and other characteristics such as the age of onset. It accounts for approximately half the cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Familial AD requires the patient to have at least one first degree relative with a history of AD. Non-familial cases of AD are referred to as “sporadic” AD, where genetic risk factors are minor or unclear.’6
The Tax Wall Street Party defends the principle that any person seeking the presidency, and thus the control of the life and death powers over hundreds of millions of people which is inherent in the thermonuclear button and launch codes, owes the American people the most complete, detailed, meticulous, and exhaustive disclosures possible. This applies to mental health perhaps more than any other area of inquiry. The public has the right to know literally everything, without claims of privacy of the type Melania Trump has tried to advance about her own parents.
Trump’s recent rejoinder that his effective tax rate is “none of your business” in response to the question of a reporter is also absolutely unacceptable and should, if maintained, disqualify this person from the presidency. If Trump does not like our comments on his mental state, then let him clear up all doubts by publishing a full and detailed set of medical records, reaching back at least 30 years.
Trump has described his life in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s as his “own personal Vietnam.” This apparently refers to his efforts to lead the life of a playboy, while avoiding venereal disease, STDs, and HIV. Unfortunately, some of his behavior might suggest a kind of mental deterioration, which is coherent with long-term syphilis.
These issues are too important to be left to guess work. Trump must publish his medical records, including his mental health records, forthwith.
Address: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York 860 11th Ave (Between 58th and 59th) New York, New York NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE SUBWAY
You can buy tickets at the door starting at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 20th at the New Building entrance on 11th Avenue, between 58th & 59th Street. You can also register on Saturday and Sunday after conference doors open at 8:00 am.
COINTELPRO 2016: The New Age of Active Measures by the Post-9/11 National Security State
Back in the 1970s, the Senate’s Church Committee, the Pike Committee in the House and citizens in Media, PA revealed a pattern of meddling by the FBI, CIA, etc. in US domestic politics, harassing and intimidating civil rights leaders, trade unions, and anti-war activists. During the 1980s, despite claims to the contrary, this illegal spook activity kept going. After 9/11, spying and harassment are now bigger and more intrusive than ever. This is COINTELPRO Stalking (COINTELPRO = COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE PROVOCATION). The old FBI methods have been supplemented by techniques from the STASI, the East German Communist secret police. The age of social media has become the Golden Age of Cointelpro. NSA surveillance has been known for a decade, but what happens once dissidents are identified? NSA works with a network of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIUs) – like the New York Red Squad, and another network of local intelligence offices called Fusion Centers. These direct a secret army of trolls, bloggers, disgruntled misfits, surveillance role players and others numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The response might be gaslighting – convincing the targets they are going insane. They plant bugs, issue slanders and threats, perform character assassinations, and publish embarrassing material. They slash bicycle and car tires, and misdirect deliveries. They want you to drop out of politics. COINTELPRO 2016 must be exposed and stopped.
One perspective will come from grassroots organizers who have personally undergone COINTELPRO harassment while organizing campaigns and other activities. A second perspective is the history of COINTELPRO operations from the 1950s until today. A third perspective is the input from the East German Communist secret police (STASI), which was copied by the FBI. A fourth perspective is the virtual impossibility of mass organizing unless COINTELPRO is exposed and stopped.
The Destruction of the Republicans as a National Party – An Agenda for United States Political Reform
Especially since 1968, the existence of the US Republican Party has been a scourge of humanity. Figures like Nixon, Ford, Reagan, the Bushes, and now Trump and Cruz have inflicted endless foreign and domestic catastrophes on the United States and the world. George W. Bush combined two wars, a depression, and domestic repression in 2008. Recent developments show the GOP could meet the fate of Federalists, Whigs, and Knownothings by breaking apart, losing the presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court and collapsing into a regional party for racists, bigots, and reactionaries in the Deep South, rural areas, and the intermountain west. The party remains tied to aging white men, and is demographically doomed by US population trends. Trump is the trigger, with a program of police state authoritarian rule to deport 12 million people while destroying the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Inside the GOP, the elite billionaire donor class (Koch, Edelson, Mercer) battles the depression-crazed petty bourgeois base. The GOP Cleveland convention may be a replay of the Dems’ split in 1860. If Trump takes the nomination, a third party can emerge and ruin down-ballot candidates. If Trump is blocked, he may create the third party himself. Senate and House could revert to the Democrats. A Democratic split between Wall Street and New Deal factions might follow. The axis of world politics would move markedly to the left, benefitting all of humanity.
One perspective involves the role of the billionaire donor elite in dictating Republican policy on tax cuts for the rich, corporate welfare and upward redistribution of wealth. We will have a sociological perspective about the developments taking place in the Republican base. A third perspective will involve party conventions from the past, from which we can learn how a party split can actually occur.
The Donald Trump Presidential Campaign: How to Fight the Rise of Fascism in Our Time
Can it happen here? Is it already happening here? Donald Trump has been denounced as a fascist and a Nazi, but there is still controversy. He is racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic but he is something worse. Americans’ knowledge of fascism is tragically inadequate, limited to Blitzkrieg and the Holocaust – the end products. We need to examine fascist movements and ideology genetically, in the time before they took power – the phase that corresponds to today– and in their early years. Some say Trump is a buffoon, but that was also said of Mussolini, and after the laughing stopped about a million died. Others say Trump will not deliver on his threats, but this ignores the lesson of Mein Kampf, which revealed Hitler’s plans but was ignored. Still others contend the US is already fascist, so Trump’s seizure of power will make little difference. But if there is already fascism, how is the Left Forum still meeting? Many respond that Trump is bad, but they hate another candidate more. But who was more dangerous, Hitler or Hindenburg? Another misconception is that Trump might get to the White House, but would soon be toppled. State power would become a trap for him. Trump is eager for this trap. Eyewitnesses from the 1920s and 1930s show these mistakes are not new. This panel will attempt to combine lessons of Italian fascism and German Nazism, plus references to Vichy France, to develop a strategy for the American people to #StopTrump!
One perspective will be historical, focusing on fascist movements of the past. Another perspective will survey the fascist aspects of the Trump campaign. A third perspective will be to develop strategies to preserve and develop democracy and representative government.
It’s Time for Alexander Hamilton the Leftist: Hamilton’s American System of Political Economy Is the Key to Defeating Wall Street and Finally Organizing an Economic Recovery Starting With Infrastructure
The recent Broadway musical hit heard at the White House and proposals to re-design the $10 bill have put Hamilton back into the spotlight. But who was the real Alexander Hamilton, and how did he rise from humble beginnings to become George Washington’s most important staff officer during the Revolutionary War, and later Secretary of the Treasury and leader of the first transition team from nothing to a fully functioning federal government? Hamilton’s famous reports (Report on the Public Credit, Report on the Bank, and Report on Manufactures) were the program for founding the national economy. Hamilton’s great antagonist Jefferson is being revealed as a spokesman for the southern slavery party, which wanted a weak and poor federal government unable to end slavery. Hamilton by contrast was an anti-slavery activist and abolitionist all his life. Hamilton’s American System of protectionism, mercantilism, and dirigism can help us put an end to the free trade sellouts, unemployment, and immiseration of our own time. We will attempt to convince the Left to adopt Hamilton as a champion of economic progress and as a figure whose ideas are worth pursuing in our time. A case in point is the rebuilding of the US rail system, financed by Hamiltonian methods.
One perspective will be to establish the basic facts of Hamilton’s life, attempting to remove the many layers of Jeffersonian and libertarian propaganda. A second perspective will review some of Hamilton’s main economic ideas. A third perspective will show how these ideas can be of great value today. A fourth perspective will summarize Hamilton’s enemies and their real sinister motivations.
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World Crisis Radio
May 14, 2016
In the weeks since he proclaimed himself the Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has provided more and more evidence of his own mental instability, erratic judgment, and demagogic contempt for policy. Trump has said that US ships being buzzed by Russian aircraft in international waters have every right to open fire on the Russians and shoot down their planes. A Trump spokesman has floated the idea of dropping all resistance to killer cuts in Medicare, and joining Speaker Ryan’s austerity ghoul agenda. On one of his signature demands, Trump has stated that his alleged ban on Moslems was “just a suggestion,” with plenty of exceptions for his business associates and many other plutocrats. Trump has also stated that he would be open to default on US treasury bonds, something that might come in the form of a negotiated debt write-down if the US economy failed to respond to a spending binge financed by borrowing. Trump first suggested that he would raise taxes on the wealthiest taxpayers, but then turned away from this idea as well.
Whom the gods would destroy they first drive mad, and this seems to be the treatment that Trump is giving himself. Small wonder that traditional reactionaries in the Republican Party are searching desperately for any strategy that might be used to prevent the erratic fascist billionaire from seizing power.
One such method which has received some attention in recent weeks is the strategy of fielding an independent right-wing third-party candidate, who might then win some electoral votes and thus prevent Trump or Hillary Clinton from getting the necessary Electoral College majority of 270 electoral votes. In this case, the election could be thrown into the House of Representatives, where the top three vote getters in the Electoral College would be put before the 50 state delegations, with each state getting one vote. Since the GOP controls more states, the obvious implication is that this third-party candidate might get a winning hand of 26 votes. Names mentioned in this contest include generals like David Petraeus or Monster Mattis. The problem with all of these schemes is that, in order to be considered, the third party candidate cannot be a dark horse who comes out of nowhere, but must rather rank among the top three vote getters in the Electoral College.
There is also the problem of ballot access. Some deadlines, like that of Texas, are now out of reach. Some parties have established ballot access in a few states, and they might be bought or at least rented. The Libertarians and the Greens appear headed for the nomination of their traditional wheel-horses, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. The Presidential Debate Commission, an outrageous mind control operation, says that only candidates polling above 15% can take part.
This process is governed by the 12th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, with the relevant provisions, reading as follows:
Passed by Congress December 9, 1803. Ratified June 15, 1804.
‘ … and if no person have such majority [of the Electoral College], then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.’ 1
The state in question might plausibly be a Western state with strong reactionary traditions and great suspicion of the city-slicker con artist Trump – based on this year’s primaries, Utah comes to mind as a state where the fascist billionaire is extremely unpopular. But still, winning any state in the midst of a bitterly contested nationwide clash between Trump and Hillary will be a tall order.
The third-party effort which has attracted the most attention, including overseas, revolves around the retired Marine general James “Monster” Mattis, who has evidently attracted a coterie of wealthy reactionaries who would like to meddle in the election to the detriment of Trump. It must be pointed out once again that Trump poses absolutely no threat to Wall Street, the military-industrial complex, or any other part of the “WASP Establishment.” Trump is a decades-long Wall Street Insider who was considered deserving of a sweetheart bailout scheme back in 1991 and 1992. Recent events also show that Trump is so labile and erratic that he has been known to change political positions three times during a 30 minute interview, so it is folly to talk about his views on issues. The only certainty is that Trump wants to be the centerpiece of a personality cult and does everything to promote that cult. Here is an overview from the Daily Beast of efforts to promote a Mattis candidacy:
‘But this situation involves far bigger players: Close to a dozen influential donors—involving politically-involved billionaires with deep pockets and conservative leanings—are ready to put their resources behind Mattis. At their request, a small group of political operatives have taken the first steps in the strategic legwork needed for a bid: a package of six strategic memos outlining how Mattis could win the race, in hopes of coaxing him in. The strategy would not be for Mattis to win, at least at first—the operatives behind this potential bid would only be seeking to deny Trump and Clinton the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the general election outright. And there is also the incredible logistical challenge of getting Mattis on the ballot in a large number of states. “The process is actually quite simple, but it’s difficult,” one of the strategists concedes in a memo, and the chances of Mattis winning the White House outright as a third-party candidate are “very low.” But if the retired military officer could win several states won by President Obama in 2012, they might be able to block Clinton, thus forcing the incoming House of Representatives to make a decision on the next president of the United States.’2
Pro-regime insider journalist David Ignatius of the Washington Post includes Mattis on a short list of possible third party candidates, mainly ambitious and disgruntled generals and admirals like Petraeus, Mullen, and McChrystal, with FBI veteran and former GOP congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan thrown in:
‘Who should be on the roster of potential national-security draftees? Gen. James Mattis, a retired Marine who served as U.S. Central Command commander, has already been floated. The Daily Beast posted an item Saturday reporting that wealthy Republicans were urging Mattis to consider a late candidacy. Mattis is a blunt, plainspoken man who could rival Trump for impolitic comments. Four-star officers sometimes describe him as the “warrior monk” because of his intense, ascetic manner. But he’s a true military leader, beloved by his troops and an intellectual who kept a volume of mediations by the Roman philosopher Marcus Aurelius, in Latin, by his bedside….[Others include:] Gen. Stanley McChrystal commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan and, before that, ran the deadly strike force known as the Joint Special Operations Command…Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led the military into a new era of tolerance toward gay men and lesbians….Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and at Centcom, is probably the most decorated officer of his generation….A final name would be former representative Mike Rogers (Mich.), who retired in 2014 after heading the House Intelligence Committee. Rogers served three years in the Army, but he makes the list because of his service as an FBI agent from 1988 to 1994 fighting organized crime in Chicago. I tried to contact Mattis, McChrystal, Mullen, Petraeus and Rogers on Monday. But all of them either couldn’t be reached or declined comment. One virtue or liability of these names, depending on your perspective, is that except for Rogers, I’m not sure of their party affiliation.’3
Mattis has stated in public that he is not interested in this project. If there is a real candidate on this list, it is far more likely to be the neocon darling Petraeus, the top figure among the Bonapartists. Among elected officials, Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse has called for a third party challenge to Trump, but so far has no concrete plan.
Even if a suitably famous reactionary general could be recruited for this plan, and even if a group of billionaire Angels could be found to finance him, there remains the fact that the US two-party system has indeed been rigged by both parties over many decades to make the difficulties of a third-party virtually insuperable. The last serious effort of this type was that of Ross Perot in 1992. Gaining ballot access in 50 states is a task worthy of Hercules himself.
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine has compiled some of the difficulties in any of these unlikely scenarios:
‘In slightly more detail, the plan [for Mattis et al.] would run like this: A right-wing third-party candidate would split the Electoral College, so no candidate reaches the 270-vote threshold. In that case, the House of Representatives would decide the winner, with each state’s delegation (regardless of population) casting two votes. Since Republicans control most state delegations, they would pick the winner, who would presumably be their right-winger, rather than Trump or (obviously) Hillary Clinton. What gives the scenario the veneer of plausibility is that the last part of the plan is completely true. If the Electoral College deadlocked, then the House would really decide, and it really would give the presidency to the right-winger. The actual problem with the scenario is that the first part, where the independent somehow prevents anybody from gaining 270 electoral votes, is completely nuts. Instead, that candidate would make it possible for Clinton to win a bunch of states without a majority. States where Clinton might otherwise fall a bit short of Trump would become blue states. Suppose in a two-candidate race that, say, Texas would give Trump 53 percent and Clinton 47 percent, giving Trump all 38 electoral votes from Texas. Then Ben Sasse jumps in the race and takes 10 percent of the vote, all of it coming from Trump. Now Texas is 47 percent Clinton, 43 percent Trump, and 10 percent Sasse.’4
Unfortunately for the wealthy reactionaries who want to get involved in stopping Trump, there are no easy answers. If these persons do not want to be subjected to the dictatorial reign of the fascist billionaire, their only path is to attack Trump directly. If they are serious, we urge them to get busy. Evil can always fight evil to produce good when it comes to opposing Trump.
Polls Show Trump Highly Competitive with or Leading Hillary in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Suggesting Bernie Has a Better Chance of Winning November Election and Should Be Democratic Nominee; “Donald Trump Is Not Going to Be President,” Says Bernie; How Hamilton’s 1791 Memo to President Washington on the Implied Powers, Saved the First Bank of the United States and the US Constitution from Jeffersonian Bungling
In Tuesday’s primaries, Bernie Sanders has dealt Hillary Clinton a convincing fifteen-point defeat in West Virginia. So much weakness so late in the primary season points up once again the terrible inherent weakness of Hillary as a general election candidate.
Along the same lines, a new Quinnipiac poll reveals that Hillary and Trump are closely matched in such they states as Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. As Politico writes:
In Florida, Clinton leads Trump, 43 percent to 42 percent, while Sanders earned 44 percent to Trump’s 42 percent. While Clinton holds a 13-point advantage among Florida women — 48 percent to 35 percent — Trump’s lead among men is equally large, at 49 percent to 36 percent. Independent Florida voters are split, 39 percent to 39 percent, while along racial lines, white voters said they would vote for the Republican candidate 52 percent to 33 percent. Among nonwhite voters, 63 percent to 20 percent said they would vote for the Democrat. Clinton’s favorability in Florida is a net negative 20 points (37 percent to 57 percent), though Trump earned the same numbers. For Sanders, 43 percent said they had a favorable opinion of him, 41 percent unfavorable and 14 percent said they did not know enough to have an opinion.
In Ohio, registered voters preferred Trump to Clinton, 43 percent to 39 percent, while Sanders edged Trump 43 percent to 41 percent. Trump leads among men in Ohio, 51 percent to 36 percent, while women prefer Clinton in the state 43 percent to 36 percent. While 49 percent to 32 percent of white voters go for the Republican candidate, a whopping 76 percent to 14 percent of nonwhite voters said they will go for the Democratic candidate. Among voters ages 18 to 34, Clinton leads 43 percent to 39 percent, while voters older than 65 preferred Trump 46 percent to 40 percent. Among independents, 40 percent said they would back Trump and 37 percent would go for Clinton.
In Pennsylvania, Clinton leads 43 percent to 42 percent, mirroring the gender and racial gaps in the other swing states. Among women, Clinton leads 51 percent to 32 percent, while Trump leads with men 54 percent to 33 percent. Clinton holds a 7-point lead among voters ages 18 to 34 (49 percent to 42 percent), while Trump commands the same level of support among voters 65 and older. White voters said they would support the Republican candidate 48 percent to 37 percent, while nonwhite voters said they would support the Democrat, 74 percent to 14 percent.
Polls from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and New Hampshire thus show Bernie fares better against Trump than does Hillary. The general election is almost six months away, but these data ought to convince the Democratic Party superdelegates to consider switching their voters to Bernie, giving him the nomination.
The missing element with Bernie has so far been his failure to attack and goad the mentally unstable Trump, who needs to be baited into bigger and better temper tantrums and actual psychotic episodes. If Bernie wants to be the leader of the Democratic Party, he must take responsibility for exposing how Trump is a fascist and Nazi. Hillary is useless in this category. So far, her approach has been to launch weak ploys like the assertion that Trump is a “loose cannon,” or – even worse – that she is not running against Trump at all, which flies in the face of reality.
On Tuesday night in Oregon, having gotten the news of his win in West Virginia, Bernie did somewhat better against Trump:
“While we have many disagreements with Secretary Clinton, there is one where we agree and that is we must defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “And I am very happy to tell you we will defeat Donald Trump.”
Sanders pointed to polls that showed him besting Trump both nationally and on a by-state basis. He also said that his campaign was “generating the energy and the enthusiasm” that would bring a big turnout in November and secure a Democratic victory. He praised the younger voters who have propelled his campaign.
“Our vision is the future of America and the future of the Democratic primary,” Sanders said.
“Mr. Trump will not become president because the American people understand that our strength is in our diversity,” he added.
This is one of the rare occasions when Bernie has attacked Trump, who has been pretending in turn to be a soul-mate for Bernie. Now Bernie needs to learn that the only scientifically accurate and politically effective descriptors for Trump are “fascist” and “Nazi.” If Bernie wants to lead, he must take the responsibility for making Democratic rhetoric what it needs to be to take down Trump. If the Dems wait for Hillary, tragedy looms.
First Bank of the United States, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In December 1791, Hamilton submitted to Congress his Second Report on the Public Credit, better known as the Report on a National Bank. Here he outlined the structure and functions of what was to become the First Bank of the United States (BUS). Despite the opposition of Madison and the ravings of Andrew Jackson and other opponents, the BUS legislation passed Congress. But then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson and Attorney General Edmund Randolph tried to convince President Washington not to sign the bill, but to veto it. Hamilton replied to their negative opinions with a powerful defense of a broad construction of the Constitution, focusing especially on the implied powers and the inherent powers of the federal government. President Washington signed the BUS bill two days after receiving Hamilton’s opinion. Without the services of the First Bank of the United States, the new country could never have survived, but would have certainly succumbed to British financial, trade, and military warfare measures. The document excerpted here is therefore one which saved the country. As Hamilton rightly points out, the Jeffersonian “strict constructionism” or “enumerated powers” pseudo-interpretation of the Constitution would by itself have crippled and destroyed the United States government.
Fortunately, Hamilton’s view of the implied powers was validated by the great US Chief Justice John Marshall in the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of McCullough vs. Maryland in 1819. Here the Supreme Court, citing the “necessary and proper” or “elastic” clause (Article 1, Section 18, clause 18), held that the BUS was in fact constitutional.
As for Jefferson and Madison, they slunk off from the capital in Philadelphia to found the Democratic Republican Party, which was soon to produce the Jackson-Van Buren era, then followed by Jefferson Davis.
This is the statue of Alexander Hamilton which stands behind the US Treasury. One day this statue will be moved to the front of the Treasury, replacing that of the traitor Gallatin which usurps that place today.
“The strongest passions, and most dangerous weaknesses of the human breast; ambition, avarice, vanity, the honorable or venial love of fame, are all in conspiracy against the desire and duty of peace.” —Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton was one of the most profound and influential of the founding fathers. Yet he is often neglected by mainstream historians or has been outright slandered by both his contemporaries from Burr to Jefferson, and modern far right libertarians.
It is the contention of the Tax Wall Street Party that Alexander Hamilton must not only be considered one of the greatest founding fathers but also an economic genius who laid the groundwork for the American System of political economy. What follows is a short outline of Alexander Hamilton’s life and accomplishments. It serves as a refutation to those modern demagogues, Trump among them, who denounce immigrants, rave about national debts, hate modern production, promote austerity and want to reverse the benefits provided by the modern state.
Born poor in the British West Indies, Hamilton immigrated to New Jersey just a few years before the American Revolution broke out. There are many indications that Hamilton was a fervent supporter of revolution upon his arrival to America; he refuted Loyalist pamphlets, drilled in a volunteer militia and later raised an artillery company that he led as captain.
Hamilton led this attack on the British fortification called Redout Number 10, which marked the beginning of the end for Lord Cornwallis at the siege of Yorktown.
Eventually, Gen. George Washington recognized the young captain and made Hamilton his senior aide for the duration of the war. As his top aide, Hamilton traveled extensively during the war to instruct generals in Washington’s army and give advice to Washington himself. Hamilton also led three battalions at Yorktown, where the British were defeated and shortly thereafter surrendered. Hamilton stood out for heroism in leading the attack on the British Redoubt Number 10 on October 14, 1781.
Alexander Hamilton in the Uniform of the New York Artillery by Alonzo Chappel (1828–1887). Readers should note that while Alexander Hamilton supported and fought in the Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson stowed away in the Virginia Governor’s mansion for the duration of the war.
After the war Hamilton joined the Congress under the Articles of Confederation, where he experienced first hand the unworkable system of a loose confederation of states under a weak federal government. To rectify the system and create a strong national government that could stand up to the hostile powers that surrounded the country, Hamilton wrote a majority of the Federalist papers and organized for a convention to form a new constitution. Of the newspaper articles in this famous series, Hamilton wrote 51 articles, James Madison wrote 28, and John Jay wrote 5.
Hamilton’s persistent writings and advocacy made him a leader of the Federalist Party and was later nominated to a top cabinet position of George Washington’s administration. Hamilton took a leading role on behalf of Washington in creating the executive departments of the US government and founding the president’s cabinet. His work was sabotaged by Thomas Jefferson, who had been politically captured by the slave power in Virginia, and wanted a federal government so weak it could not interfere with slavery. Washington supported Hamilton, and Jefferson resigned before the end of Washington’s first term.
As Secretary of Treasury for the United States, Hamilton wrote numerous financial reports to Congress that created such things as the United States Coast Guard, the United States Mint, and most importantly laid the groundwork for the American system of political economy. Hamilton’s vision for the United States was one diametrically opposed to Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian utopia. Hamilton’s realistic political outlook recognized that the United States must necessarily become a strong commercial and industrial power if it were to keep from becoming a banana republic of Great Britain, the imperial power of the time. Hamilton’s program for the United States economy included government support for infant industries, high tariffs on imported goods and a national bank that lent credit for the creation of public works and infrastructure.
The content and importance of Hamilton’s Reports must be re-emphasized today. First, consider the Report on the Subject of Manufacturers. Hamilton argued that industrialization and dirigism were the necessary path for American progress, rather than Jefferson’s utopic limited-government agrarian society. Industry and commerce allowed for a far more diverse and complex division of labor. The division of labor would bring more jobs at higher wages, harkening back to Benjamin Franklin’s idea of America being a high wage economy and the expansion of jobs would expand the tax base as well as encourage immigration.
Industrialization and commerce would also propel the less developed southern states into modernity while making certain the eventual destruction of slavery in the south by introducing labor-saving machines to take advantage of mineral wealth (Hamilton could not have predicted the adverse effect the cotton gin would have on the institution of slavery and scholar Michael Chan makes a compelling argument that Hamilton’s economic prescriptions included the understanding that they would help end slavery)
Hamilton’s advocacy of a large market of high-paid laborers was a direct result of his belief that the true value of a country’s economy was rooted in the productive power of its laborers and its focus on high-energy, high-technology and high-capital input industries. He proposed a nuanced system of subsidies (called “bounties” in the Report) for certain industries, rewards for technological research all protected by a strong tariff that would be buttressed by a national coast guard.
Hamilton’s First Report on the Public Credit would answer the question of how to solve the new nation’s monetary and credit problems that stood in the way of industrial manufacturing. Hamilton proposed the federal government buy up all the Revolutionary War debts, assume the debts of the states and then re-issue the debt in new federal government bonds that would be funded at face value using the income from the protective tariff.
The outcome of funding the country’s public debt led to America achieving a high credit rating and had the additional benefit of making government bonds so secure they could be used as currency in exchange for hard currency, collateral in trade deals, or general stores of wealth. However, to achieve his ends Hamilton had to go against the same slave power interests that had resisted his report on manufacturers. Led by James Madison in the Congress but steered by Thomas Jefferson and his slave-owning backers, a deal was brokered that placed the US capital on the banks of the Potomac between the States of Maryland and Virginia in exchange for the federal government assuming the debts of the states.
The Second Report on the Public Credit, or the Report on a National Bank would lead to the most characteristic aspects of the American System. The First Bank of the United States was nationally chartered with shares sold to the public. It was partly owned by the government and responsible to it, could circulate paper money, and judge the solvency of state-chartered banks. The bank would also be pivotal in providing credit to entrepreneurs in productive industries and loans to the government when required.
A direct refutation of the lunatic libertarian agitation against a Hamiltonian National Bank is provided in the aftermath of the First Bank of the United States. After the bank’s charter was allowed to expire, finance oligarchs like John Jacob Astor and Stephen Girard attempted to control the American public debt. This happened again after the demise of Henry Clay’s Second Bank of the United States, when John Jacob Astor would again attempt to control the debt. Libertarians, who are ostensibly in favor of freedom, neglect to remind their lemmings that one oligarch’s control of the country’s finances is far worse than a federally regulated bank steering the country towards useful manufacturing and monetary policy.
This three part policy of manufacturing protected by a tariff, a public bank, and government-financed infrastructure is the policy that Hamilton, Henry Clay, and Henry Carey called the “American System” and would be implemented and improved upon by many other reputable American leaders from John Quincy Adams to Abraham Lincoln. Under the name of the “Historical School” it was used by Friedrich List to help unify Germany. It was used in Meiji Japan to destroy the feudal shogunate and saw successes in Taiwan and South Korea many years after Hamilton’s death. It is the exact opposite of the “laissez faire” doctrine touted by the libertarians, Jeffersonians and Austrians and instead is the dirigist policy that Henry Clay, Lincoln, FDR, and JFK later advocated.
During Hamilton’s post-government life, he was a leader of the Federalist Party, but did not hesitate to criticize the party’s political deterioration. By the time of his presidency, John Adams — originally a champion of American liberty who drew upon the writings of Machiavelli for inspiration in constructing the three branches of government in the 1780 Massachusetts constitution– had come under the influence of the plutocratic wing of the Federalist Party. Many Federalist supporters at the time were horrified by the Jacobin atrocities like the Reign of Terror, while the Democrat-Republicans were influenced by plantation owners supporting Revolutionary France. In terms of a more reliable partner for trade and continuity of policy, Hamilton could see that England would be a better momentary choice than the unstable France of Robespierre. It was a “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know” situation for American politicians. Hamilton nevertheless argued against policies promoted by Adams and would have been appalled had he lived to see the Federalist party’s subversive opposition to the War of 1812.
He later advocated for Federalists to support his rival Thomas Jefferson over the treasonous Aaron Burr, who Hamilton called “”an embryo-Caesar.” Hamilton’s maneuvering to select the lesser of two evils, or having one evil combat another, harkens back to Machiavelli’s realistic outlook of politics in Renaissance Italy or a Leibnizian understanding of how to bring about the general good. In fact, it is known that Hamilton had a copy of Machiavelli’s Discourses in the library he inherited and took it with him when he immigrated to America.
Finally, Hamilton is one of the few founding fathers that can be easily recognized as anti-slavery, a trait not unnoticed by the “great emancipator” Abraham Lincoln. In his Address at Cooper Union in 1860, Lincoln founded his position on slavery as that one inspired by “the thirty-nine fathers who framed the constitution” and that the “noted antislavery men of those times [who included] Dr. Franklin, Alexander Hamilton and Gouverneur Morris.” Hamilton was a founder, secretary and later president of the New York Society for the Promotion and Manumission of Slaves in 1785. Hamilton served in various committees and was a counselor-at-law until his death promoting programs for emancipation in states, suing on behalf of blacks illegally enslaved and working to enforce laws regarding the freedom of blacks. As previously mentioned, Alexander Hamilton’s vision for a country with an economic basis in production would also mean slavery’s eventual elimination.
Consider the life of the man described above and then compare it to the heroes paraded by the modern Republican Party, neoconservatives, neoliberals and Libertarians. Unlike Jefferson, Hamilton neither owned slaves nor was controlled by the slave oligarchy of the South. He refused the utopian notion of an agrarian society and championed a large federal government that would work towards an industrial society. Hamilton was a nationalist from the beginning who worked to steer the United States to modernity through commerce, development and industry while Aaron Burr sought the support of the British to split the country in two and become king of the Western Territories. Hamilton established a system of national banking, revenue generation and industrial development, which Jefferson’s controller and Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin opposed. In the Anglo-Swiss finance oligarch Gallatin, one can find the same demagogic use of the public debt issue that is seen in today’s dying Republican Party. Gallatin’s mad insistence to pay off the debt by cutting the U.S. Navy during his tenure as Treasury Secretary for (and effectively the puppet master of) Thomas Jefferson and James Madison nearly destroyed the U.S. during the War of 1812. Conversely, Hamilton established what would become the Coast Guard to secure American commerce and raised an army during the quasi-war with France.
Hamilton prevented the arch-traitor Aaron Burr, a creature of John Jacob Astor and the London banks, from becoming president in 1801. Burr was the mentor of the later catastrophic president Andrew Jackson. Hamilton also blocked Burr from becoming governor of New York, in which post Burr wanted to lead a secessionist move backed by London. In 1804, Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and killed him. In 1805 Burr fled into the west towards Louisiana, where he tried to organize yet another secessionist plot with the help of his tool Andrew Jackson. Burr escaped conviction for treason because of a lack of witnesses, and then was helped by Astor to flee to Britain. In London, Burr worked as a close collaborator of British intelligence chief Jeremy Bentham, another arch-enemy of the United States.
A statue of Alexander Hamilton overlooks the Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey, where Hamilton envisaged hydro-power generating a system of factories.
Ultimately, Hamilton inspired a series of national icons who would carry on the project of building a strong national government dedicated to promoting the life liberty and, most importantly, the general welfare of its constituents. Retaining his image on the $10 bill is a small recognition of his importance to this country and much more can be done to advocate on his behalf. The Tax Wall Street Party remains the only political party based on his economic program and vision for the United States. We urge you to join in our efforts to promote and implement the heritage of Alexander Hamilton.