Peeling the Skin Off The Washington Banana Republic

When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.

~ Frederic Bastiat

While both the Bush and Gore campaigns claim to want a speedy end to the election crisis, each side only wants a quick end if they can claim the presidency. Yes, each candidate may perhaps be a statesman at heart and personally want to save the nation from more turmoil, but the special interests behind each party have far too much money spent and plunder planned to walk away from this contest for the "good of the nation." This will be a drawn out affair with both sides involved in a public relations campaign to cover up the real reasons for the legal actions and delays.

Forget all the claims to the contrary about defending the American political system, the Constitution, the peoples right to choose a leader etc., this election crisis is purely about plunder of productive working Americans and little else. Every 2 and 4 years, the "approved" politicians representing the special interests of the closed two party monopoly parade around and campaign for voters to decide which party and politicians gets approval to plunder them for the next election cycle.

What is at stake are which special interests will receive the bulk of the taxes plundered from working productive Americans the next four years. Will a Republican Congress and a Republican President primarily benefit the global corporate establishment, the oil industry and military special interests in the case of the Republicans? Can the Democrats counter the small Republican majorities in Congress by holding on to the Executive Branch which will guarantee an orderly division of the "spoils of plunder" to the minority voting blocks, trial lawyers and liberal global financial establishment of the Democrats?

These are the real money questions that will be settled in Florida and this has nothing to do with democracy, voting or "the American political system." The American political system functions like any other Banana Republic. While the politicians smile and wear expensive suits, these "actors and con men" are really little different from the "figure head" dictators in army fatigues that once ravaged many of the less developed nations. This is all about spoils, political patronage and plunder.

Those in power, (the closed two party monopoly and their "behind the scenes" special interests) simply battle to maintain control so they can plunder the wealth produced by the private sector. So look beyond the rhetoric and double speak and watch the desperation of both parties as they desperately battle for plunder and peel the skin off the Washington Banana Republic.

What could shorten or end this growing crisis? Notice, I don't use the news media claim that this is a constitutional crisis? This has little to do with the American republic's original Constitution as both the established protections of our republic and Constitution were destroyed by Lincoln's unconstitutional war and victory against the Confederate States of America.

The American people, North and South, went into the {Civil} war as citizens of their respective states, they came out as subjects.And what they thus lost they have never got back.

~ H.L. Mencken

Watch the American stock and bond markets – when they begin to negatively react to this situation, one side or the other will suddenly appear conciliatory and for the "good of the country" one side in this contest will capitulate. Remember, this is all about money and when the market loss risk begins to exceed the loss of political plunder gain, the crisis will end.

Maybe some good will come out of this political impasse but it is probably wishful thinking on my part to hope that the majority of citizens will wake up to the controlled political empire that has controlled Washington and plundered the American people since that time.

The worst forms of tyranny, or certainly the most successful ones, are not those we rail against but those that so insinuate themselves into the imagery of our consciousness, and the fabric of our lives, as not to be perceived as tyranny.

~ Michael Parenti

November 11, 2000

Ron Holland is a financial and political writer and investment consultant living in Asheville, NC. His personal website is found at The quotes are from Freedom Quotes found at