Please find below the featured articles for this month. Our focus this month is on the Greater Depression, the Dissolution of the Sovreign States,
and the Civil unrest that ultimately led to the Reformation of the Union.
The Greater Depression
Catalyst for Change
by Erin Dyett
The Greater Depression was only identified as such long after the economic downturn had spiraled too far out of control to quickly fix the problems. Indeed, many historians look back on this time period and see that, in addition to the political turmoil in the United States, Russia and China, the economic stranglehold placed on these economies by the world’s top earners made it a certainty that the poorest and neediest in society would be unable to be caught by any social safety net. There are many who, being more conspiracy minded, look back at the Greater Depression and see master manipulations of the stock markets, property markets, and (with the rise of digital currencies), all facets of the world economy; these manipulators, if they even existed, were said to have wrested control of corporations, judiciary systems, political alliances and even major Governments.
How could this happen, in a free society, with Democratically elected representatives and leaders? The nonpartisan Center for the Preservation of Historical Fact reports that, as early as February, 2010, clandestine forces were starting to move their plans ahead, using the announcement that the American President, John McCain, had been diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer, as a starting point for their plans. While President McCain remained in office until the bitter end, (literally passing on December 21st, 2011, while sitting at his desk in the Oval Office), his last six months were tainted by speculation over his competency (due to the location of the tumor in his brain), and the competency of his Vice-President, Mrs. Sarah Palin. Mrs. Palin had herself been a victim of an assault during a mass shooting while visiting an Elementary School in Sandy Hook, CT, in March of 2011. Twelve Secret Service members, and twenty six teachers and children were massacred that day. The Vice-President herself took no less than four bullets; three in the chest (one grazing her heart) and one that, by some miracle still not understood today, had hit her in the face and embedded in her sinuses, instead of passing through to the base of her brain. So while she was still alive, her health and vibrancy was even more in question than that of the President himself.
2011 – Unexpected Departures and New Arrivals
It was in this environment of tragedy and sickness that it is said these unknown players started moving their pieces into play. The Speaker of the House, Eric Cantor, stepped down from his position, and retired from Congress. No explanation for his action was ever given. Of course, a new Speaker had to be selected, and the Party found its candidate in a newly elected Representative from Washington State. Robert Whills was a rising star in the far right movement known at the time as the ‘Tea Party’, having won election just three months prior to Speaker Cantor’s departure. A political unknown, Whills had rapidly risen to hold immense power in the House of Representatives. With the departure of Cantor, the far right (or, as history now calls them, the ‘Alt’ Right) nominated Whills for the position of Speaker. Young and charismatic, with a populist-sounding platform, and a ‘take no prisoners’ demeanor, Whills easily won the position of Speaker of the House.
Whills served as Speaker for only two months, until, after the expected passing of President McCain, and the ‘unexpected’ passing of Vice-President Palin (whom had only held the Office of the President for sixteen days, and had not had time to select a Vice-President), Robert Whills, upon taking the Oath of Office on January 6th, 2012, became the forty-sixth President of the United States of America.
2012 – President Whills and the Year of Changes
Whills had only eleven months before the next election, and, as is the practice in America, his campaign for re-election (and the campaigns against him) started before he even had taken the Oath of Office. While the ‘recession’ had begun under the reign of President G.W. Bush, it had taken a firm hold after the election of President McCain. Most historians agree that it was not McCain’s policies that drove the country deeper into economic collapse; the firm hold of the top two percent – the wealthiest people in America – is now seen as being responsible for the collapse that was still to come. Sadly, at the time, the mechanizations going on behind the scenes were completely invisible to all but a few. And those few had a tendency to either vanish, or die under unusual circumstances.
President Whills, desperate to win election to the Office he now held, is widely seen as being personally responsible for many of the actions that almost pulled America out of recession at the time. In early 2012, he led the push for a Federally-backed jobs act that ensured that unemployed people could always find work within Government projects. While the act was seen by some on the left as a potential ‘bait and switch’(1), it found overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate, and was signed into law on March 2nd, 2012. Within two months, the unemployment rate in America dropped from eleven point seven percent, to an unprecedented POINT seven two percent, the lowest in recorded history. By June of 2012, the Dow Jones Industrial Average peaked at 22,812. Hiring within Corporate America was up by twenty-seven percent, with wages rising faster than inflation for the first time since the end of World War II. While the World Economy was still struggling to make ends meet, the American economy was on fire. By the end of August, 2012 growth for the year had already been projected to hit nine point two percent – another unprecedented milestone.
Whills was not one to give credit to others, and seized on the new economic prosperity as a cornerstone for his election campaign. Above all else, he sought the legitimacy of the vote to feel like he truly had power. In November, 2012, American voters from both parties elected Robert Whills to the Office of the President of the United States of America, with an overwhelming majority of eighty-nine percent of the popular vote. Documents would later surface that revealed accusations of voter intimidation, suppression of the minority vote, and outright voter fraud. However, even taking all the reported (and sadly, never investigated) issues with the vote that year, Whills would still have won the election with over sixty-six percent of the popular vote. The margins in the Electoral College were far greater in both scenarios.
2013 -The First True Term of Robert Reginald Whills
Robert Whills once again took the Oath of Office on January 20, 2013, only this time, he had the legitimate backing of the American people. Within one month of his inauguration, court cases were brought against the Jobs Act in every state, all led by representatives of the ACLU. Allegations of impropriety, misconduct, violations of States Rights, and even Slavery were brought against the Government. In lower courts, the Jobs Act was found to be “obviously helpful, but a gross over-reach on the part of the Federal Government”, and a “clear violation of State sovereignty”.
The results were immediately felt across the nation, as millions of Americans found themselves placed on standby; not laid off, but not officially unemployed either. This state of legal limbo meant that workers could no longer collect a government paycheck, nor could they file for unemployment assistance. The overheated American economy started to rapidly contract. Corporate hiring dropped to a standstill, and by March of 2013, just one year after the passage of the Federal Jobs Act that President Whills himself had championed, the Supreme Court of the United States was drawn into the fray.