There are a lot of critics of the U.S. government these days. Admittedly, a good part of the time, I'm one of them. Some people would say that the criticism is just evidence of our jaded, modern times. Not so, my friends. Let's take a look at what “insiders” have been saying about the American government over the past 224 years. And by “insiders” I don't mean Capital Hill journalists or presidential aides. I'm talking about actual past presidents, vice presidents, congressmen, senators, and other high profile political leaders.
Together, these historical leaders paint a pretty dire picture of our democracy, saying that the U.S. is under the control of an “invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people” and this “invisible government is the true ruling power in our country.”
They go on to explain how a shadow government (now known as the deep state) has been in control of the U.S. “ever since the days of Andrew Jackson” (since at least 1836). “It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.” They “virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties… It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”
As a result, these leaders say, “we have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.”
“The danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent… Its dissenters are silenced, not praised.” Therefore, “to destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”
Want to know specifically who said these things? Check out the list of quotes from high-level, historical leaders that I compiled below. All of the statements in this article have been verified as authentic and have associated links to their source materials.
Historical Leaders Warn About an “Invisible Government” Running the U.S.
The warnings listed below, which appear in chronological order, began with our first president – George Washington. The last president to speak out was JFK, who was assassinated. Read what they and other political leaders have said about the invisible government.
“It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am. The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may… actually had a seperation [sic] of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.” – George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789–1797), from a letter that Washington wrote on October 24, 1798, which can be found in the Library of Congress. For an analysis of Washington’s warning, see the article “Library of Congress: George Washington Warns of Illuminati”
“I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.” —Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States (1801–1809) and principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776), in a letter written to John Taylor on May 28, 1816
“A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various powerful interests, combined in one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in banks.” – John C. Calhoun, Vice President (1825-1832) and U.S. Senator, from a speech given on May 27, 1836
Note that it appears that Washington’s and Jefferson’s concerns regarding bankers and separation of the people from the government was realized by 1836. This fact was confirmed in a letter written by FDR in 1933 (see below) in which he wrote that “a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” Jackson was the seventh president of the United States (1829-1937). Calhoun served as Jackson’s vice-president from 1829-1932.
“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.”— Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography, 1913 (Appendix B)
“A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men… [W]e have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated, governments in the civilized world—no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.” – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, The New Freedom, 1913
“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, The New Freedom, 1913
“The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government, which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation… The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties, … and control the majority of the newspapers and magazines in this country. They use the columns of these papers to club into submission or drive out of office public officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government. It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.” – New York City Mayor John F. Hylan, New York Times, March 26, 1922
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928 (note that Bernays' book, Propaganda, begins with the above quote).
“Mr. Chairman, we have in this country one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve Banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a Government board, has cheated the Government of the United States and the people of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt…Mr. Chairman, when the Federal Reserve act was passed, the people of the United States did not perceive that a world system was being set up here… and that this country was to supply financial power to an international superstate — a superstate controlled by international bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure.” – Congressman Louis T. McFadden, from a speech delivered to the House of Representatives on June 10, 1932
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States (1933–1945), in a letter to Colonel Edward M House dated November 21, 1933, as quoted in F.D.R.: His Personal Letters, 1928-1945.
“Today the path to total dictatorship in the U.S. can be laid by strictly legal means… We have a well-organized political-action group in this country, determined to destroy our Constitution and establish a one-party state… It operates secretly, silently, continuously to transform our Government… This ruthless power-seeking elite is a disease of our century… This group…is answerable neither to the President, the Congress, nor the courts. It is practically irremovable.” – Senator William Jenner, 1954 speech
“The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.” —J. Edgar Hoover, The Elks Magazine, 1956
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States,, January 1961 Speech
“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings… Our way of life is under attack. Those who make themselves our enemy are advancing around the globe… no war ever posed a greater threat to our security. If you are awaiting a finding of “clear and present danger,” then I can only say that the danger has never been more clear and its presence has never been more imminent… For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” — John F Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, from a speech delivered to the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961.
“The Rockefellers and their allies have, for at least fifty years, been carefully following a plan to use their economic power to gain political control of first America, and then the rest of the world. Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent.” Congressman Larry P. McDonald, November 1975, from the introduction to a book titled The Rockefeller File.
“There exists a shadowy government with its own Air Force, its own Navy, its own fundraising mechanism, and the ability to pursue its own ideas of national interest, free from all checks and balances, and free from the law itself.” – Daniel K. Inouye, US Senator from Hawaii, testimony at the Iran Contra Hearings, 1986
The Deep State is Still Running the Show
“The American mind simply has not come to a realization of the evil which has been introduced into our midst. It rejects even the assumption that human creatures could espouse a philosophy which must ultimately destroy all that is good and decent.” —J. Edgar Hoover
Because of deep-rooted beliefs that the U.S. government is “for the people” and the protector of the free world, many will reject the notion of an evil shadow government. When our beliefs are challenged or when two beliefs are inconsistent, cognitive dissonance is created. It’s human nature to try to hold our beliefs in harmony with our worldview and avoid disharmony (or dissonance).
For those of you who having difficulty believing the information presented in this article, I fully understand. For the first 57 years of my life, I would not have believed in the possibility that a shadow government could exist. Thirteen years ago my worldview changed when I read a book titled “Global Conspiracy” by David Icke. When I first scanned through the book, I frankly didn’t believe 99% of what I read. But, I saw one thing that caught my attention in that I knew that I could easily verify Icke’s assertion. I did my own research and turned out that what Icke had stated was true. That led me down a rabbit hole and many, many hundreds of hours of independent research.
So, keep an open mind, do your own research, and use discernment. Beware that there is a ton of disinformation on the internet, much of which is intentionally placed to confuse the public. At a Council on Foreign Relations meeting on geoengineering, M. Granger Morgan stated:
“First of all, of course, there is a lot of money getting spent to make sure that a very substantial portion of the public stays totally confused about this. And, I mean, it’s been really quite pernicious. But there’s been literally tens of millions of dollars spent on every little thing that comes along that might, you know, relate to some uncertainty.”
What Can We Do? Embrace Love, Expand Compassion, and Foster Unity
Love is THE Answer! So BE Love
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be the love and the light that the world so desperately needs. Stop hating and attacking everyone who has an opinion that is different than yours. The deep state and globalists love it when we fight amongst ourselves: divide and conquer. And while we are foolishly fighting each other, they continue their march towards a one-world, totalitarian government.
Here are some ways you can love yourself and others more:
- Fill Yourself With Pure Love and Then Send It Out Into the World. Instead of fighting with and hating on others, please take time out each day to absorb and fill with pure love. Then send your love out into the world as a huge bubble of light that engulfs the entire world. Visualize and feel into a much more loving and cooperative humanity.
- Love Yourself. It's difficult to love others when you don't love yourself first. So really, really love yourself. You can download at zero cost, life-changing eBook titled “Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends Upon It” by Kamal Ravikant HERE. Here's the vow that changed Kamal's life (and it can change yours too if you recite it every day upon awakening): “This day, I vow to myself to love myself, to treat myself as someone I love truly and deeply – in my thoughts, my actions, the choices I make, the experiences I have, each moment I am conscious, I make the decision I LOVE MYSELF.”
- Ask Questions You’d Love to Live the Answers To such as “How Good Can It Get?”
- Follow Your Heart. See: How You Can Quickly Connect to the Intuitive Guidance of Your Heart While Raising the Collective Vibration – Deborah Rozman
- Practice Empathy: Try to understand and share the feelings of others. Put yourself in their shoes and approach each situation with kindness and understanding.
- Offer Help: Reach out to people who are in need. This can range from helping a friend with a personal problem, volunteering at a local charity, or contributing to global causes.
- Listen Actively: Pay close attention when people are talking to you. Listen without interrupting or judging, show interest, and ask questions to understand better.
- Show Respect: Acknowledge and appreciate the inherent worth of each individual. This includes being respectful of their views, feelings, experiences, and identities.
- Practice Gratitude: Regularly express appreciation for what people do for you. This fosters positive relationships and promotes goodwill.
- Forgive: Everyone makes mistakes. Forgiveness is a profound act of love that allows relationships to heal and grow.
- Express Love: Don't hesitate to tell people you love and care for them. Small acts of affection like a warm smile, a kind word, or a hug can mean a lot.
Extend Your Circle of Compassion to ALL Living Things
“Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace.” ~ Albert Schweitzer
Here are some ways you can extend your circle of compassion:
- Advocate for human rights by actively participating in movements or organizations that work towards social justice and equality.
- Volunteer your time and skills to community outreach programs that aim to uplift disadvantaged individuals or groups.
- Educate yourself and others about different cultures, beliefs, and perspectives to foster understanding and empathy for diverse communities.
- Engage in respectful and inclusive conversations, promoting dialogue and empathy to bridge gaps between individuals with differing opinions or backgrounds.
- Extend compassion to refugees and immigrants by supporting initiatives that provide resources, legal aid, and advocacy for their rights and integration into new societies.
- Combat discrimination and prejudice by challenging biases and stereotypes, promoting inclusivity, and speaking out against injustice.
- Practice active listening and empathy in your personal relationships, making an effort to understand and validate the experiences and emotions of others.
- Support and advocate for animal welfare organizations that work to protect and provide care for animals in need.
- Make conscious choices in clothing and avoid purchasing products made from animal skins, fur, or other animal-derived materials.
- Take part in conservation efforts by supporting initiatives that preserve and protect natural habitats and ecosystems, benefiting all living beings.
- Show kindness to insects and small creatures by avoiding harm whenever possible, such as releasing spiders or insects outside instead of killing them.
- Extend compassion to marine life by reducing plastic waste and supporting initiatives that combat ocean pollution and protect marine ecosystems.
- Show empathy towards wildlife by practicing responsible tourism, and avoiding activities that exploit animals for entertainment purposes.
- Volunteer or donate to organizations that provide shelter, care, and rehabilitation to injured or abandoned animals.
- Foster a sense of respect for all living beings by educating yourself and others about the importance of biodiversity and the interconnectedness of ecosystems.
- Cultivate a mindful and compassionate approach to gardening by creating wildlife-friendly spaces and avoiding the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals that can harm insects and other organisms.
Separation Is an Illusion; Foster the Beauty and Power of Unity
“There is beauty and power in unity. We must be united in heart and mind. One world, one people.” – Lailah Gifty Akita
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein
Here are some ways you can foster unity:
- Encourage open and respectful dialogue: Create spaces where people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives can come together to discuss and understand each other's viewpoints.
- Promote inclusivity: Ensure that everyone feels valued and included, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or other identities. Celebrate diversity and actively combat discrimination.
- Seek common ground: Look for shared values, goals, and interests that can bring people together and build bridges across differences.
- Collaborate on projects and initiatives: Engage in joint efforts that involve individuals from different backgrounds, fostering a sense of teamwork and collective purpose.
- Foster empathy and understanding: Encourage individuals to put themselves in others' shoes, promoting empathy and compassion for different experiences and perspectives.
- Support intercultural events and activities: Participate in or organize events that showcase and celebrate various cultures, promoting mutual understanding and appreciation.
- Bridge generational gaps: Create opportunities for different generations to interact, learn from each other, and foster intergenerational understanding and unity.
- Encourage community engagement: Support initiatives that bring community members together to address common challenges, such as neighborhood clean-ups, volunteer projects, or local events.
- Emphasize shared values and goals: Highlight common aspirations, such as justice, peace, and environmental sustainability, to unite people around common causes.
- Lead by example: Demonstrate inclusivity, respect, and kindness in your own actions and interactions, inspiring others to follow suit and fostering a culture of unity.
About the Author
Ross Pittman is the Founder and Chief Editor of Conscious Life News (CLN).