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Those Who Would Control Your Future With Their Fortunes

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Even Humphrey Bogart's character from "Casablanca" recognized a threat to American democracy back in the day. (AP Images)

Lawrence Kadish By Thursday, 01 October 2020 11:30 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

America does not have a great track record in recognizing threats to its very existence. FDR was outspoken and very direct when he warned against the fascists among us during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Even Hollywood was forced to admit it during World War II.

One particularly telling scene in the classic 1943 movie Casablanca features an angry Humphrey Bogart who has come face-to-face with the brutality of Nazi fascists in his Moroccan casino. In his pre-Pearl Harbor world, Bogie rhetorically asks, "What time is it in New York?"

He answers his own question by slamming his fist down on the table, exclaiming "I'll bet they're asleep in New York – I'll bet their asleep all across America …!" as he rages against his country's indifference to the mortal threat darkening its future and threatening our democracy.

America would be wise to revisit Bogart's dramatic warning because it urgently speaks to us today. Too many of us stand indifferent to the actions of progressive billionaires unleashing unlimited amounts of money in an effort to defeat President Trump. They do so not because they oppose Trump's Middle East peace efforts or his recognition that China seeks to dismantle America's global leadership.

One might assume these billionaires hope to defeat Trump because, if elected, their weak and dazed Democratic presidential candidate will answer to them and their Congressional proxies. It will truly be a matter of the oligarchs and their puppet.

It was no less a person than the Democrat's President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who saw the threat from these types of privileged men of enormous wealth. In 1938, as he advocated on behalf of the New Deal, he warned, "The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power."

FDR would repeatedly warn that these patriarchs of private power intended to direct the future of American politics, spending whatever it takes to channel the nation's democracy for their own ends. Eighty years later that warning still rings true because today's billionaires share their predecessors little regard for principle. For them, it's personal, and they have bought and paid for what once was the Democratic Party.

Those voters who have been lulled by an avalanche of advertising, an echo chamber of social media, and "mainstream" media that has finally revealed itself to be an arm of the Progressive Left, would be wise to heed FDR's warning. This election isn't about you, or even President Trump. It's about them and they are betting you won't notice. Or to quote Bogart, "I bet they're asleep all across America!"

Lawrence Kadish is a nation wide developer and investor in commercial and industrial real estate. In the arena of foreign policy Mr. Kadish is on the Board of Governors of Gatestone Institute, has served as a senior advisor to Americans for Victory Over Terrorism (AVOT), and is a founding chairman of the Committee for Security and Peace in the Middle East. Mr. Kadish has also been a sponsor of strategic analysis of terrorism that cautioned on the eve of September 11th that radical Islamic fundamentalism was threatening our nation. He has served as a prior delegate to National Republican Conventions. He is founder and president of the Museum of American Armor, recognized as a dynamic tribute to our American veterans and a compelling education center. Read Lawrence Kadish's Reports — More Here.

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America does not have a great track record in recognizing threats to its very existence.
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