Creature from Jekyll Island
History teaches us that war is often a fight for one thing, but the real cause is a hidden secret.
Update and Warning
The dangerous talk of “inflation stimulus checks” and “central digital currency” spurned Your Author to update and republish this essay.
In March 2022, U.S. government debt surpassed $30 trillion. It took 200 years to accumulate the first $1 trillion in debt. But Washington racked another $1 trillion in just two months. Deficit spending is parabolic and destroys your savings with each passing day. Yet, according to President Biden, when the government prints or borrows trillions of dollars, the value of the dollar doesn’t decline.
While it may seem futile, it is imperative we write our “leaders” to let them know they have to stop the insanity.
History teaches us that war is often a fight for one thing, but the real cause is a hidden secret, money. The new war includes the following fronts: Covid-1984, riots, defunding the police, climate change, diversity & inclusion, and reparations. They all have one thing in common - Money.
The inspiration for this paper is the book The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve by G. Edward Griffin. This fascinating book takes you through a journey about money from the beginning of organized society to today. The Creature explains the origins of currency from bartering precious metals, to today’s fiat (worthless) money. The key historical theme is the banking cartel called the Federal Reserve. The elite birthed the Fed at Jekyll Island, Georgia, in 1913. If you take this journey, you can learn about the actual programs that make certain people very wealthy through Ponzi schemes. Written long before Enron and the Enron-like scandals, this book explains the Ponzi schemes that make up the monetary system!
Good as Gold
The Constitutional Convention denied Congress the power to print paper money. We can be sure of this because the original draft of Article I, Section 8included the words “and emit bills of credit of the United States.” “Bills of credit” were understood by all to mean “paper money.” James Madison’s record of the Convention states: “This was a favorable moment to shut and bar the door against paper money.” The Founders rejected the phrase, and by an overwhelming vote, struck it from the Constitution.
Later, during debates about Article I, Section 10, the Founders further barred the creation of paper money. The original draft wording read-only, “No State shall ... coin Money ...” Madison’s account here is brief: “Mr. Wilson and Mr. Sherman moved to insert after the words ‘coin money’ the words ‘nor emit bills of credit, nor make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts’ making these prohibitions absolute ...” The Creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913 “fixed” that problem as that is the year that Congress gave away its duty to regulate sound money.
As Jefferson said, every county abused paper money (where used). Before the adoption of the Constitution, the Continental Congress issued bills of credit. These were nothing more than paper money with no backing (fiat currency). The inflated fiat paper currency imposed a cruel hidden tax on the citizens, as it has in all other countries, and they lost their fortunes. “Not worth a Continental” describes the dollar that in 1779 was worth only a penny. Thomas Jefferson said, “Paper is liable to be abused, has been, is, and forever will be abused, in every country which it is permitted.”
A further reason for the Founders’ action was their desire to restrain the state governments from flooding the country with fiat paper money. Some states were already issuing bills of credit. Rhode Island even forced its circulation by attempting to punish citizens for refusing to use it. Josiah Quincy wrote to George Washington, “there never was a paper pound, a paper dollar, or a paper promise of any kind that ever yet obtained (became) a general currency but by force or fraud, generally by both.”
Inflation, deflation, and depression all had brought misery to the new nation, prompting Washington to write: “Good God! Who could have foreseen or predicted the disorders which have arisen in these states!” (1787 letter to General Knox). At this point, the Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia. Those who had experienced such trauma wanted to restrain their government from issuing paper money and forcing it into circulation.
On August 16, 1787, the delegates approved Section 8 of the Constitution, barring Congress from the right to print paper money. On August 18, they framed Section 10, stopping the “friends of paper money” from going through the State Legislatures. Soon after the adoption of these two Articles, the tide turned, and the nation began to prosper. Its economic ills started to disappear, and the leaders rejoiced. In 1790, George Washington said:
“[revenues] were considerably more productive than it was imagined they would be ... spirit of enterprise prevails . . . our public credit stands on that high ground which three years ago it would have been considered ... madness to have foretold ... the United States enjoys a sense of prosperity and tranquility under the new government that could hardly have been hoped for.”
On December 16, 1789, The Pennsylvania Gazette declared:
“Since the federal constitution has removed all danger of our having a paper tender, our trade is advanced fifty percent. Our ... people can trust their cash... and have brought their coin into circulation.”
The Constitutional mandate for a sound currency prevented an economic depression and resulted in prosperity and progress. The new ruling stated that the government could not manipulate the money. It required a coin that had intrinsic value for the citizens. The Constitution protected the individual’s right to own precious metals and use them as a medium of exchange. The results were terrific even to Mr. Washington. Andrew Jackson, in his 8th Annual Message to Congress, 1836, made this salient declaration:
“It is apparent from the whole context of the Constitution as well as the history of the time which gave birth to it, that it was the purpose of the Convention to establish a currency consisting of the precious metals. These were adopted by a permanent rule excluding the use of a perishable medium of exchange... or the still more pernicious expedient of paper currency.”
In early 2020 we read that the economy is up, crime is down, and inflation is flat. If one were able to consume computers for nourishment, inflation is indeed flat. Regardless of the administration or Congress in power, inflation is a misunderstood term. The economy was up - the economy of nothing (no material wealth but inflated Ponzi schemes like Enron). Call our system the “Seinfeld economy, the economy about nothing.”
The fundamental reality of inflation is the fact that it is a hidden tax. It is the result of the increase in the supply of money and credit. When the value of the 1940-dollar compared to today’s purchasing power, it is only worth 50 cents. Another salient point to consider is that inflation has nothing to do with supply and demand (rising wages and prices). These are the symptoms of the damaging effects of pumping money without backing into the economy—specifically, fiat currency backed by nothing more than the people’s faith.
Some will defend this system by saying that yes, there is some gold. The amount of gold is small as “fractional” banking—the method where money starts with some backing. The banks can take an initial amount of money then loan out large quantities of new money based on the original amount. The banks have only a fraction of the actual money “in the vault” in reserve for this new money, henceforth “fractional banking.” The remaining currency will drop in value when flooding the money supply with new fractional or close to fiat notes. As a result of this “watered down” money, businesses need to raise prices to get the required value for their services or products.
Workers want an increase in wages to compensate for the money that buys less food and other essentials. The banking elite says our money has support via the “faith in the nation” to counter real money backed with precious metals. The establishment will rarely talk about the notion of fiat money. The establishment demonizes important people who speak of fiat currency. Former congressman Ron Paul of Texas is an example of a person of consequence who faced demonization for talking about this issue.
While the current system may seem to place the brakes on rampant inflation, fiat money will cause the bubble to burst completely. The bankrupt notion claiming “backed” money will no longer work. The driving force of fiat money is out-of-control federal spending and manipulation of the amount of money in circulation. Furthermore, as the government initiates more unnecessary programs, it will spend more than its income. Politicians are reluctant to raise taxes. “Borrowed” funds will pay for the deficits. The deficit was less than one trillion before 1980. Today, it’s over twenty trillion and counting! To wit, the daily interest on the debt is one billion dollars.
The government often “makes” money by selling treasury bonds to private banks. The banks then resell these bonds to the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve issues printed paper money or bank credit to pay for the bonds with this transparent operation. It reminds me of the great movie starring George C. Scott – The Flim-Flam Man.
We heard that the government counters the national debt by borrowing from the Social Security “trust funds.” That is the payroll taxes that currently exceed the amount necessary to pay benefits. The government “borrows” this payroll-tax surplus and then spends it as part of the general budget. More than one trillion dollars in Social Security trust fund surplus have evaporated due to this unique operation.
We have all have heard about taxation without representation. Inflation is worse because it is a hidden tax—very few have a clue that this legal plunder occurs. No wonder it is so popular with the politicians and the banking elite. Furthermore, it is cruel as it punishes those who can least afford it. That includes retirees, people on fixed incomes, and those who work hard to remain self-sufficient. Is our money as “good as gold?”
Enter the End Game
In 2020, we faced a pandemic and a Marxist insurrection. Meanwhile, to fend off the crash, new money makes its way to the world. The plain truth suggests you get ready; the system will collapse under massive debt. It does not matter what candidate gets “voted” in; the debt can never go away in any lifetime. A Biden administration will make the crash happen, too, with the oligarchs ushering in socialism in a fast-paced march. Get ready, stock up on nonperishable food and get some cash.
The enemy within fuels the current dilemma. It is the Marxist insurrection spawned in education and academia. Defund academia!
Cogent author and publisher, Frederick R. Smith
Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5: Congress shall have the power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures.”
Article 1, Section 10, Clause 1: “No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.”
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