Here is a sobering quote by Abe Lincoln:

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

Thomas Jefferson feared an aristocracy of Corporations
The author of the Declaration of Independence warned against the threat to democracy posed by big banks and big corporations.

If Wal-Mart were a country, its revenues would make it on par with the GDP of the 25th largest economy in the world by, surpassing 157 smaller countries.

Despite being forewarned by our climate scientists that our behavior as a people is leading our planet to the destruction of all life on earth, capitalism controlled by corporations refuses acknowledge this problem even exists. It's the 'carry on gang' of a few extremely wealthy individuals who are the real entity that controls us and our fate.


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gumball 40 weeks 8 hours ago

This must be the Fake News I keep hearing about.

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zapdam. 39 weeks 6 days ago

Good sleuthing my friend, it turns out old ABE was bought and paid for just like todays American politicians. Maybe as a blind nationalist, you should have left well enough alone. So much for Abe Lincoln caring for the little people, just more whitewashing of Americas past. But all the same thanks to your post, i won't get caught spreading that horseshit again.

“There is no doubt about the deep involvement of railroads and allied business interests in the Lincoln candidacy from its earliest days. Nor is there any question that the lawyer who made a famous argument on behalf of the rights of railroads to build bridges anywhere won the nomination by garnering crucial support from iron manufacturers, coal mining interests, and other firms intent upon tariffs, land grants, and other national developmental measures.”

"Lincoln also argued in court that farmers and ranchers would have to bear the expense of building fences so that their animals did not wander onto train tracks. Through his carefully prepared cases, railroad companies got windfall tax exemptions that many felt constituted favoritism and unfairly burdened other taxpayers. Through his prowess, railroads won the right to limit liability for damage to cattle and other animals caused by delay in transit."

"Lincoln first appeared for the Illinois Central Railroad, probably the largest business corporation in the state, in May 1853. He was handsomely rewarded for his successful advocacy for the company. By October of that year, Illinois Central placed him on retainer and gave him the special bonus of a free annual pass on the line."

"During the late 1850s, Lincoln collected more fees from Illinois Central Railroad than from any other single client, and he was closely associated with Illinois Central until his election to the presidency. Just before his nomination for president in May 1860, Lincoln won a big tax case for his main client, Illinois Central."

Coalage3 39 weeks 6 days ago

You mean Ole Honest Abe acted liked every other politician? Oh the humanity!

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