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 XII: Politics. A Case Study of the Fraudulent Nature of Politics. Making Enemies. Using Political Influence to Threaten Others. How Bribes Work: Sergeant-at-Arms for the Two Houses are the Bagmen for Buying Votes. How Politicians Scheme to Get Rich From Their Power. Assisting With Plunder to Gain Re-Election: Appointing Friends of Powerful People. Granting Political Favors for Financial Gain: An Example Involving County Seats. The Tremendous Money to be Made From Locating State Capitals. Congressional Investigations of Corruption as a Shakedown Tactic. Nelson Aldrich: Sergeant-At-Arms of the Senate. Connections and Political Favors: How Knowing a Lawyer, Who Helped Appoint a Judge, Can Keep Your Ass Out of Prison. Pettigrew Withdraws From Re-Election to Spite a Political Rival.