Everyone (or at least some) knows that President Eisenhower, as he was ending his term of office, not only greatly regretted he had not acted to stop Sen. Joseph McCarthy's evil-intended "Communist" witch hunts, but also warned of the growing power of what he (and we, in the late 1960s and into the 1970s), called "The Military-Industrial Complex" and how it could eventually grow strong enough to enslave us all after robbing us of our freedoms.
Recently, the ersatz-Republican-packed Supreme Court gave corporations legal status equal to human citizens.
This morning, I found an interesting quote in the comments of Maureen Dowd's op-ep piece in this morning's NYTimes online:
Please – while funning the corporate perverse, let’s recall Abe Lincoln.1.
In no intention at fun at all, on Nov. 21, 1864, Lincoln wrote to Col. William F. Elkins, (thanks to Cdr. John Newlin, U.S. Navy, ret’d, of Vista, California, who sent it to me):
"We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, 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. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my Country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless."
God Bless Abraham Lincoln, our first known-gay President!