An insiders view on how bankers, corporations, and lawyers took over the United States Government and became the “Rulers of America” during the Gilded Age. Written with true authority by a man who had a front row seat for it all, R. F. Pettigrew was the first senator from the state of South Dakota, and he made no friends during his time in the US Congress. These are his memoirs.
In this episode – Continued reading of Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard Franklin Pettigrew, including Chapter X: Who Made the Constitution. The Plutocracy Becomes the Masters of Government. Plans Prepared By Business Men to Stabilize Business Interests. The American Idea of Government Was the British Idea of Government. The Constitution Was Not Drawn Up to Safeguard Liberty. The Constitutional Convention Held In Secret. The Secret Debates of the Constitutional Convention Published a Half-Century Later. Thomas Jefferson Sent to France During the Drafting of the Constitution. Constitution Protects Slavery. States Refused to Ratify the Constitution. Jefferson Returns From France to Throw Weight Behind Amendments. Reading of Chapter XI: Lawyers. Lawyers In Domination of the Federal Government. Why Are Both Houses of Congress Packed With Lawyers? Why Are Most of Our Presidents Lawyers? Why Are Most Judges Lawyers? A Lawyer, By Training and Practice, Serves the Ruling Class. A Good Lawer Studies “Precedent.” Precedent is Simply the Continuation of the Status Quo. Precedent Based on the Common Law of England. Trained in the Wisdom of the Seventeenth Century. Lawyers Can Not Think Into the Future, So They Protect Things As They Are. The Lawyer Is One of the Few Who Can Take a Bribe, and Call It a Fee. Common Law Derived From the Landed Aristocracy of Great Britain. Pettigrew Recounts Stories of Fellow Senators Taking Bribes While In Congress. The Practice Excites Little Comment Because It Is So Common. Lawyers Should Be Excluded From the Bench, and All Branches of Government.