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Every once in a while I switch the TV channel from Fox to CNBC to see what the liberals are saying.  After listening awhile I get a deep sense of hopelessness and foreboding for our country.  The most important thing for the left is giving money to people.  They are happy to see the growth of food stamps, disability payments, housing subsidies, free healthcare and all the other welfare benefits.  They utterly fail to see the damage it is doing to the recipients.  Whole cities that once flourished have deteriorated into rotting eyesores populated with shambling hulks of chemically dependent drones.  These people are no longer employable.  They have become incompetent and helpless and the liberals can’t see that it’s their doing.

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110 years ago, on May 29, 1901, little Miss Effie Haworth was the daughter of a small town Ohio postmaster. When President William McKinley's train stopped at the division point on the Pennsylvania Railroad in Crestline, Ohio, Effie handed the president a huge flower arrangement as he got off the train.
Always loving small towns and rural areas, McKinley himself was an Ohio native and as all steam locomotives going through Crestline were serviced there, the President of the United States had a mandatory layover in this town of 4,000 people.  Steam locomotives needed much more servicing than the diesels than came along later, and you could be the government's chief executive, and the locomotive behaved the same as for anyone else.
McKinley got off the train in the small town, the weekly Crestline Advocate newspaper reported recently, and moseyed into the depot's waiting room as the locomotives were switched to one just serviced in the Crestline roundhouse.
The weekly paper reported The President was greeted by local residents who went to the station to "pay their respects" to the nation's 25th president.
What no one could have known at the time was that the popular McKinley, who twice defeated much admired populist William Jennings Bryan for the White House, would be dead within a few months, murdered in office in Buffalo.
McKinley was well loved.  So was Bryan, by many people. When you defeat a popular populist twice, you have something going.  McKinley was known for his affection for his wife, Ida, an invalid who suffered outbursts and medical problems.  He wore a red carnation, a flower the Ohio Legislature made the official state flower after McKinley's sudden death.
On September 6, 1901 while shaking hands at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, an "anarchist" shot McKinley twice after the president extended his hand at an afternoon reception in the Temple of Music.  This was like today's World's Fair.
McKinley had been advised earlier in the afternoon, after visiting Niagara Falls, that he was at safety risk.  "Why would anyone want to hurt me," he asked. 
Only two U.S.presidents have been murdered outside of Washington, D.C.: William McKinley was the first, shot in Buffalo.  He died about eight days later there.  The other president, of course, was John F. Kennedy, murdered in Dallas, Texas.
Two other U.S. presidents were assassinated earlier, both in the nation's capital.  Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theater in Washington, and Ohioan James Garfield was shot dead in a train station in the 1880s, only a few months after taking office.
                                                  McKINLEY AND THE GOLD STANDARD

The last U.S. president to have served in the Civil War, McKinley had been a major.  An attorney, he was an Ohio county prosecutor, then a U.S. Congressman from Stark County (Canton area) where his claim to fame was being a major supporter of a strong U.S. dollar and high tariffs to protect U.S. jobs and industries.
McKinley would say then that his support for a strong tariff on foreign goods brought into this country was as much to help the laborer as the business owner.  Can you imagine any leading Republican today saying such a thing? 
McKinley was for the gold standard and a strong currency---again, can you imagine a leading Republican talk like that today with the possible exception of Ron Paul and his son, or maybe columnist Pat Buchanan?
Today, on major issues, such as the never ending costly wars in the Middle East, so-called "free trade" and support of international central banking and printing press money, both major parties are on the same page.  I can't find any real difference.
The two major parties will bicker and argue on minor points or window dressing, but for the things that have led the United States into its current mess---the Federal Reserve Bank, never ending wars we keep getting tangled up in and so-called "free trade," I don't see much difference, frankly.
It is hard to imagine how we have forgotten where we came from.  Our nation's founders specifically talked of gold and silver as U.S. currency supposedly under control of the Congress. When was the last time you saw any gold or silver in everyday currency?  The Treasury Department has claimed it is having trouble even getting out enough gold and silver collector coins to keep the programs going full tilt.
When the 100th year of McKinley's assassination came around just before 9-11, the major national media didn't even mention it.  Recently, while attending an aunt's funeral in Buffalo, I asked my party if we could take time while there and look up the McKinley assassination site.
We found it after an hour of driving, just a few blocks from Delaware Park.  There is a rock with a plaque in a residential area stating McKinley was fatally shot where in 1901---110 years ago this year.  That may sound like a long time ago, but in human history, it's the blink of an eye.
We drove past the marker which is in a boulevard a few times.  We stopped and my sister and I got out and asked a few guys drinking beer where the marker was that Saturday afternoon.  Almost at once, they pointed. "You just went past it about a block away."

 And there it was, two small U.S. Flags and some flowers among some aging homes where President McKinley was shot 110 years ago. The Pan American Exposition continued into later in 1901, but attendance fell off after the president's shooting and the fair ended up with a $3 million loss---a lot of money, especially in those pre-inflation days. Some claimed the fair was "jinxed."
When McKinley died, some of our nation's conservative values passed with him, and Teddy Roosevelt would embark on an entirely new aggressive era for the federal government.
There would be others who would follow that still believed in the gold standard, but the international paper bankers soon got the upper hand, against the advice of many of our nation's founders. When McKinley was killed, an era went out with him.
The rest is history, "they" say.   But get this.  See how far we have come to worship at the alter of paper funny money and international bankers who don't care any more for the U.S. than a foreign country they can make more money in.

 Do you know the main dispute between the Democrats and the Republicans in the 1896 and 1900 presidential elections?  Democrat contender William Jennings Bryan and the Democrat Party wanted the U.S. government of "officially" convert the dollar into both gold and silver.  McKinley and the Republicans only wanted a gold standard, even though coinage of the lower denominations were in silver.
Can you imagine today, dear friends, the luxury of debating whether our dollar was backed by just gold or by a combined bi-metal arrangement of both gold AND silver.
The U.S. government today as virtually no silver reserves, it has admitted, and must buy silver blanks to mint Silver Eagles from private interests.
And the federal government's admitted "gold reserves" would not pay off a tiny fraction of government debt, even at today's price of over $1,500 per ounce for gold.
Some of the  old timers,as McKinley and Bryan were both right, in a way.  Today, all we get is just paper backed by more paper.
And we wonder why we have the financial disaster before us that we do in Washington.
I stood briefly where President McKinley was fatally shot.  I stood where an era ended.   It is said by some that history comes back around, and it may be the time again for precious metals to take center stage in world finances.  This would have seemed unimaginable only a few years ago, but the abuse of paper, paper promises and greed may cause us to return to the future.
As an old professor told me once at Ohio State, "I'm not a gold bug, but I realize you can't print gold off a printing press or add gold into a computer with some keystrokes."