Did We Throw Away the American Revolution in 1913?

December 25th, 240 years ago, George Washington was crossing the Delaware River for a surprise attack on the British. Why was he crossing the icy river and the real reason for the revolution? Well, our American history lessons that we received while growing up, certainly did not get to the truth of the matter. To relearn history – so that the average American can see what our nation has become – let’s take a look at what our forefathers said at the time. Because that war like all wars, was about real money and not some menial tax on tea.

Benjamin Franklin’s views on money:

“In the Colonies we issue our own money. It is called Colonial Scrip. We issue it in proper proportion to the demands of trade and industry to make the products pass easily from the producers to the consumers. In this manner, creating for ourselves our own paper money, we control its purchasing power, and we have no interest to pay to no one.”

Benjamin Franklin succinctly sums up the nature of the American Revolution which counters the grade school lesson of taxation without representation that we were all taught. His quote:

“The colonies would gladly have borne the little tax on tea and other matters had it not been that England took away from the colonies their money (Colonial Scrip and silver coins), which created unemployment and dissatisfaction. The inability of the colonists to get power to issue their own money permanently out of the hands of George the third and the international bankers (money changers) was the prime reason for the revolutionary war.”

James Madison:

“History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.”

Thomas Jefferson:

“And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” “Bank-paper must be suppressed and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs.”

Clearly from their own words, our forefathers battled for the “rights” to print and control their own money. It was a new idea for the new world. Instead of private international bankers (Bank of England) magically creating money out of thin air, which had to be paid back as principal and interest, we the people would own the right of creation. And we would create it differently… 

Our new government would magically create the money and with one very nice feature: the money did not have to be paid back to anyone with interest, since there was no principal. In our young America, money was spent directly into the economy for the benefit of the citizens. For the economy, the Colonial Scrip was working a lot better than a banker and a loan for it had no debt and interest.

This eliminated the national debt that our forefathers felt plagued England’s citizens with taxation to pay off the loans. It’s a simple equation: National Debt equals taxes and the more we borrow from private banks (in our current case – the Federal Reserve), the higher the taxes. What a novel idea George and Tom enjoyed. Screw the bankers! We can run our own country!

A debt free nation is America’s original foundation that led George Washington to cross the Delaware, because he and Thomas Jefferson hated the idea of a central bank and slavery to loans. Our forefathers were renegades running away from the Bank of England and their money techniques of controlling a nation.

George Washington’s men paid with their lives for a young democracy controlled by “We the People” that disconnected the powerful families of banking from government. They fought for real freedom. A freedom that did not include paying taxes to the King of England, so that the King may pay off his debt owed to the international bankers. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay and James Madison, clearly determined that for a King or a government, to borrow money from a private bank was the dumbest of ideas, and wanted no part of that stupidity for future Americans.

If you were a brilliant revolutionist and wanted to start your own government: Would you run to the bank for a loan, or simply print your own money? That is what the American Revolution was all about. Our Founding Fathers wanted complete control of the nation’s money. They wanted to print it and introduce it into the population without debt and interest.

Abraham Lincoln also understood this principle:

“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 consumers. The privilege of creating and issuing money is not only the supreme prerogative of Government, but it is the Government’s greatest creative opportunity. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity.”

President Lincoln powered the civil war with this idea. He created paper money called “greenbacks” to pay his soldiers – and the modern color of money was invented. The whole process pissed off the international bankers in New York, because he was running a war without debt and interest. How dare the President run a war without a national debt? 

All that changed in 1913, when a newly instated income tax and debt structure took hold. The Federal Reserve Act was passed on December 23rd amid the Christmas break of Congress. It seems the international bankers remembered a good time for a surprise attack. The domestic and international banking families, the extreme wealth at the time – Morgan, Rothschild, Warburg, Schiff – took control of printing America’s money. This would mean that our government would now have to buy money from a privately owned Central Banking system, cleverly disguised as the Federal Reserve. The name was chosen to make it appear as if it were a branch of government, and not a bank but a Reserve for the American people. The young democracy that fought the international banks, within three generations ended up being ruled by the same international bankers that George Washington rebelled against. In 1913, we the people threw away the American Revolution and everything our Founding Fathers fought for was lost.

From that moment on, Americans were no longer a citizen to a system that cared about people, but became slaves to a system that cared more about money. Money that financed war machines to make more money. Money that financed infrastructure to make more money. Money that enslaved government, corporations, people and nation building, to a system of eternal debt. Democracy was retracted from society and power given to a small group of humans – the Bankers.

In 1922, a short nine years later, the Mayor of New York City, John Hylan, said this in the New York Times:

“The warning of Theodore Roosevelt has much timeliness today, for the real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state, and nation. It seizes in its long and powerful tentacles our executive officers, our legislative bodies, our schools, our courts, our newspapers, and every agency created for the public protection. To depart from mere generalizations, let me say that at the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller-Standard Oil interest and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as the international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties, write political platforms, make catspaws of party leaders, use the leading men of private organizations, and resort to every device to place in nomination for high public office only such candidates as will be amenable to the dictates of corrupt big business. These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of newspapers and magazines in this country.”

Does anyone think that this structure is still not in place in the modern age? And whatever happened to the Lincoln conservatives that desired a dismantlement of the Federal Reserve and the return of our nation to the way it was founded? The true patriots, who once understood and fought against the Federal Reserve as the private system that devastates humankind and world order through debt and interest, for the most part that movement is dead. Practically no one embraces the power to build infrastructure directly with clean money that eliminates the dirty financing of banking. The greatest consequence of the Central Banking system: It slows the growth of technology because it too must be financed. Hence, our slow demise to a dirty atmosphere. Let’s end this ranting paragraph and take a look at some modern statements.

A quote from Sen. Barry Goldwater:

“Most Americans have no real understanding of the operation of the international moneylenders. The accounts of the Federal Reserve have never been audited. It operates outside the control of Congress and manipulates the credit of the United States.”

The economist Murray N. Rothbard sums it up very nicely:

“Since 1980 the Fed has enjoyed the absolute power to do literally anything it wants . . . to buy not only U.S. government securities but any asset whatever, to inflate credit as much as it pleases. There are no restrains on the Federal Reserve, the Fed is master of all it controls.”

And yet, many writers today refer to the Federal Reserve as a federal agency, as if democracy controls the money. The wool has been pulled over our eyes as year after year, Americans were spoon-fed the raw-raw of nationalism directly from the banking tentacles that control everything, including that which is taught to you. That education reaches all the way up into Harvard and Yale to keep the system going. The over-priced educations that groom other colleges are not inexpensive by accident. 

Boy oh boy, did my 8th grade history teacher really suck. I think my teacher sold me on the idea of a fake freedom. We are not free as he taught. We are slaves to the bankers and their money, and none of it is our money. Every crash of the banking system clearly demonstrates how elusive our money is.

If our Founding Fathers were alive today, they would be gathering in the cold snow once again, because they understood real freedom. They certainly would not be out Christmas shopping with credit cards.

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updates: There is a movement that understands how money can benefit humanity. And it comes from the U.K. no less, how funny? http://positivemoney.org/

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  1. Howard Switzer

    Karl, a good synopsis of the history and the cause of the American Revolution. Since you did not mention the solutions that would have fixed it that have been proposed and rejected along way I wonder if you are aware of the latest, the NEED Act HR2990 which you can read about at monetary.org. I agree, its time to get real. There is a growing international movement for monetary reform as well, Switzerland citizens are about to vote on banning bank created money and implement sovereign money. Check out Joseph Huber’s book on it as well. Google ‘sovereign money eu’ for more on this.

  2. Howard Switzer

    btw, a sovereign public money system is a resource based system becasue when gov can issue all the money required to do something the cost is no longer a matter of money but of resources, do we have the labor, materials and skills to do a thing, if so issue the money. When money is issued publicly as an asset spent on the general welfare, which is governments mandate according to the first sentence of the Constitution, it will create an Economics of Care becasue it would be money issued for care instead of personal gain, which is usury. And I think you’ll agree we have the all resources we need to provide healthcare and education which doesn’t require that many resources beyond the people, and we could invest heavily in local food production for food security for our communities and housing… I believe we can get to that compassionate world. Just noticed you included a link to Positive Money. Very good, thanks for spreading the gospel (the truth).

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