I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. My experience in the White House leads me to believe that a secret is currency that it is quickly spent. Some conspiracy theories have thousands of people in large organizations, operating with extraordinary discipline, keeping secrets for hundreds of years, a mathematical impossibility in my opinion.
Having said that, my lifetime of studying history informs me that conspiracies do happen and usually when a group of people feel threatened. And in case you were wondering, Ron Paul, the presidential candidate, is very likely the subject of a conspiracy. He is the man who has opened that door on the Federal Reserve.
The partial audit he prompted revealed that close to $16 trillion was doled out to Euro-American insiders and their corporations in 2008 alone. That is more than the entire national debt. It is a tax on every American and unless you are getting billions of that money yourself, you ought to be outraged and grateful to Ron Paul for figuring this all out.
It is no accident that the media ignored Ron Paul's upset showing at the Ames Straw Poll. It was so obvious to the whole nation that we laughed when Jon Stewart joked about it.
It is no accident that in one of the early debates a director at MSNBC was picked up screaming into Chris Matthews earpiece, "Don't go to Ron Paul, don't go to Ron Paul," even though it was a health-related question and Ron Paul was a medical doctor.
In the CNN debate, Wolf Blitzer asked numerous candidates about the idea of auditing the Federal Reserve but not Ron Paul who wrote the New York Times bestseller on the subject and introduced the bill in Congress that sparked the recent partial audit. Nor is it accidental that it was called a tea party event and the "father of the tea party” wasn't acknowledged as such.
Blitzer raised expectations at the beginning of the debate saying that "I will try my best to make sure that each candidate is getting his or her fair share of the questions and answering time."
Blitzer then proceeded to give Rick Perry 21 opportunities, Mitt Romney 13, Michele Bachmann 11. Ron Paul was given nine. (In the CNN presidential poll released the day before, Ron Paul was shown third in the presidential race, behind Perry and Romney, beating Bachman who was down 6 points.)
To give you an idea of how this sort of thing works, let me offer a historical example from the other side of the ideological spectrum, from the left. In 1934 Upton Sinclair ran for governor of California. Most students had read his novel, "The Jungle," which exposed the corruption and health hazards of the American meat-processing industry.
Sinclair was a popular and compelling figure. The nation was in the throes of the Great Depression and the people of California liked his ideas. He stunned the Democrat Party establishment by winning the nomination and it was likely that he would be elected governor in the general election.
The conspiracy to stop Mr. Sinclair was organized by a California oligarchy, a small group of wealthy businessmen who feared losing control of the California governor's mansion and all the money it represented. Besides, Sinclair was a socialist and had once run for Congress on the Socialist Party ticket.
The conspirators arranged for a "Progressive" to run as a third-party candidate to split Sinclair's vote. They helped fund the campaign and poured money into the rival Republican but it didn't stop there.
They launched a full-court press. The famous preacher Aimee Semple McPherson, unused to attention from such prominent Californians, was enlisted and persuaded to use her pulpit to preach to thousands about the dangers of Upton Sinclair and his crazy Socialist ideas.
This secret conspiracy only became known because it involved President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his records survived. Candidate Sinclair made the long journey across the country to Hyde Park where he met with FDR, the chief Democrat, and often the target of accusations of socialism himself.
Sinclair explained his situation and asked the leader of his party for help. He left Hyde Park convinced that Roosevelt would soon publicly endorse him. But we now know that the California oligarchy had already covered that base. Roosevelt was offered a proposal from the California Cabal.
They promised that the Republican candidate, if elected governor, would not oppose FDR's New Deal in their state. In return, FDR would withhold any endorsement of the Democrat ticket. Unknown to Sinclair, the deal was struck. Upton Sinclair went down to defeat. A Republican was elected. The oligarchy ruled.
Now, this story is instructive on two counts. It shows that conspiracies do indeed take place, they can involve the highest elected officials in the land, and they almost always involve money and private corporations.
In this case, with Ron Paul, we are talking about sums of money that stagger the imagination. Wonder why your house isn’t worth as much? Wonder why your IRA and retirement accounts are diminished? Wonder why milk cost more and bread cost more? And wonder where all that money has gone?
It is in the pockets of people and corporations who run this country and their business partners and friends in Europe. They don’t care about left or right, Democrat or Republican; they prosper under both. They don’t care about creationism or evolution. They care about money.
Remember, this is, and this has always been, a game of Monopoly. And they have been cheating. And Ron Paul has caught them.