By Ronald Glenn
On February 19, 2009, The New York Times reported that “descendants of Geronimo have sued Skull and Bones, a secret society at Yale University with ties to the Bush family, charging that its members robbed his grave in 1918 and have kept his skull in a glass case ever since.” As bizarre as this story may seem to some, it shows an ongoing fascination with American secret societies and a larger, overarching question as well — who really is running America?
Geronimo’s great-grandson notwithstanding, the current economic difficulties in America have also raised many questions about the power structures in America. Who has the power? Where does it come from? How is it organized? How is it used?
In American history, there were two great turning points which changed the American perspective on these very questions. In the 19th century, America went through a period in its history that the Marxists call the “capitalist period of primitive accumulation.” Vasts amounts of wealth were created in social circumstances that kept very little control over how wealth was divided. Poor labor laws if any. No boundaries in the disparity between rich and poor. Called “Robber Barons,” the wealthy were accused of running the government by bribery. None of them ran for office, but rather simply financed the lives and campaigns of the politicians in power in order to get what they wanted from the government.
This was an enormously important time in the history of our republic, as it called into question whether a bought-and-sold legislature could represent the public at large. After great labor struggles, the emergence of President Teddy Roosevelt and Supreme Court decisions at the beginning of the twentieth century that busted monopolies, much of the power of the Robber Barons waned. Their political influence still lingers today, however, in the belief that lobbyists and billionaires rule the American government. Many American citizens, after all, still believe that George W. Bush, for example, never made a decision in his life without an oil company executive whispering in his ear.
Then, along came the Cold War. In post World War II America, the war on communism created the “shadow government.” Vast spy agencies were created at home and abroad to weed out traitors. Government secrecy was more important than justice. Even if it is not true, many Americans believe that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by the CIA. Still more Americans do not doubt that the American government orders assassinations of foreign leaders, runs secret banks, and sells drugs internationally to fund covert operations. That being said, “Skull and Bones” has established itself as a well-known secret organization which grooms the next leaders of the America.
What does this have to do with Preisdent Obama? If you follow this logic, the shadow government and the banking cartel make him an imposter. A fraud. A ventroliquist dummy. He does not run anything. He is a bright, Harvard graduate who has had a glimpse into the secret world and knows the governments of this fake world are run by international banking and the oil cartels.
A belief in the Robber Barons and the shadow government creates a mistrust in two our branches of government. Congress is viewed as the territory of the super wealthy and the Executive Branch as the center of the shadow government. This, perhaps, is why so many of my conservative friends and acquaintances feel a great uneasiness about the future — they feel as though they are watching a charade, a carefully crafted performance where the real game behind the game has yet to be revealed.
Why does this matter? Because it adds to the belief of many in the American public that what happens in government is ultimately out of their control. Even voting does not matter, since they would be voting for an actor and, gosh, their votes might not count in the first place. Those who possess this kind of political outlook are, of course, not the majority, but they are increasingly becoming vocal, and every sign is that they are gaining strength as the economy loses it.
Keeping this in mind, one of the most important things the “new” Republican party needs to do is convince the public that the politicians really are in charge. In the day where the people’s will seems to carry such little weight, such a message is even more essential. Furthermore, if President Obama fails to excite the public, he will fail in large part because people believe that his landmark “stimulus” bill was created by special interests, and that the administration-spanning TARP bill was created by the bankers themselves, not the general will of the public.
The Republicans need to see this cynicism as an opportunity to tell the truth about what they want to do and stick to it. The Republicans do not need Geronimo’s skull, they just need tenacity. However, the perceived secret, closed-door society of George W. Bush is going to be hard to jettison. Yet if Obama keeps on being Obama and his policies mature into the problems they are sure to become, George W. Bush may soon be forgotten, and a new, open conservative future will be written.
Ronald Glenn has worked in real estate and law for more than twenty years. He now works in Philadelphia, and lives outside the city with his wife. Ron has been writing for America’s Right since January 2009.