Monday, June 09, 2014

An Interesting History of Power

Three brothers of Irish descent who all rose and fell to national prestige in the 1960s, were hardly a political dynasty.   Another powerful family was already well established politically, financially, and generationally.  If any family truly fits the image of blue blood American aristocracy, it is the Bush family.  Most of us are familiar with the father and son Presidencies of Bush 41 and 43, but the connection between politics and banking was firmly established by Bushes long before Bush 41.  In my research, I thought I had already seen some interesting "coincidences" but ended up discovering many more . . .

Samuel Prescott Bush was a railroad middle manager, then a steel company president and, during World War I, also a federal government official in charge of coordination of and assistance to major weapons contractors.  Samuel Prescott Bush was the father of Prescott Bush, grandfather of George H. W. Bush and great grandfather of G. W. Bush.  

Prescott Bush attended Yale, as did his paternal grandfather, and was a member of a fraternity as well as Skull and Bones secret society.  Prescott Bush was a Wall Street banker and United States Senator.   Although the bank on which he served as a director was seized by the government in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, Prescott Bush was not considered a Nazi sympathizer.  He was active politically in the 1950's, even in a photo or two with President Eisenhower.  He was long time friends with Nelson Rockefeller, of "the Rockefellers" who through an interesting chain of events ended up as the 41st Vice President serving with Gerald Ford. 

Prescott Bush was the father of George H. W. Bush, who has been a very powerful man behind the scenes for a number of decades.  He was a naval aviator through WWII.  He was basically a Texas Oilman through the 50s and was President of Zapata Oil from 1958 to 1964.  He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1966, but resigned to run for the Senate in 1970.  Upon losing that race, he was appointed Ambassador to the UN.  In 1972 amidst the beginning rumblings of the Watergate Scandal, Nixon asked Bush to become chairman of the Republican National Committee, and he accepted.  It would be George H. W. Bush who would then ask for Nixon's resignation in August of 1974.  At the time of Nixon's resignation, the country was without an elected VP, as Spiro Agnew had resigned over some old tax issues.  Gerald Ford was speaker of the House and he ascended to the top position of leadership in this nation.  He then chose Nelson Rockefeller.
I have to interject my little observation here, as it's always bothered me that George H. W. Bush was the only person alive and alert born before 1958 that claims to not remember exactly where he was when he heard the news President Kennedy had been shot.  Gerald Ford was on the Warren Commission that neatly wrapped the package of the lone assassin and magic bullet theory for a grieving American people.  The Watergate Scandal broke, but was "covered" before the 1972 election and in less than two years, both the VP and the President had resigned . . .  Ford's Secretary of Defense was none other than Donald Rumsfeld and George H. W. Bush became the head of the CIA.  Bush also served as enjoy to China through the Ford administration.

Conspiracy Theory?  I don't know if there were enough people involved to call it a conspiracy.  As to theory, it's called history.

When Ford lost the election to Carter in 1976, George H. W. Bush went back to the private sector for nearly four years before becoming Ronald Reagan's vice president.  He served in that capacity for both of Reagan's terms, and actually held the executive power on two different occasions through Reagan's health issues.  Another note from the author here . . . I could clearly see the early symptoms of Alzheimers in President Reagan through the Iran Contra hearings, so I have no idea how much power Mr. Bush actually had as VP.  Then of course, he became President in 1988.

One of the lesser known Bush sons was negatively instrumental in the Savings and Loan collapse in the early 90s, but that was neatly handled.  I still remember the Bush 41 speech, in which he shared his vision of a New World Order.  NAFTA was his baby, but it would be Clinton that brought that to us.  I've never understood how Clinton was re-elected in that anti-union legislation.  Clinton and George H. W. Bush have worked together raising charity funds since Clinton's second Presidential term ended, and the son of George H. W. Bush became our 43rd President.

When it comes to American politics, the Kennedys were but a brief moment compared to the Bush legacy.

YHWH has been sore displeased with your fathers.  a Prophet of Holy Scripture
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