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Here is a Sobering quote From Abraham Lincoln. Same today as it was then.

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and cause me to tremble for safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic destroyed.

U. S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864, (a letter to Col. William F. Elkins.)
Ref: The Lincoln Encyclopedia: The Spoken and Written Words of A. Lincoln Arranged for Ready Reference, Archer H. Shaw (NY,NY: Macmillan, 1950)