The American Dream: You Have GOT To See This Short Documentary About The Federal Reserve

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Have you ever wondered how in the world you can explain complicated topics such as the Federal Reserve, fractional reserve banking and the creation of money in a way that your family and friends will actually understand? Well, the other day I was made aware of an amazing new 30 minute animated documentary entitled The American Dream. Considering the fact that this column is called “The American Dream”, that definitely got my attention, and when I sat down and watched the documentary I was absolutely amazed. What Tad Lumpkin and Harold Uhl have done is that they have created a very funny, very entertaining 30 minute cartoon that does an excellent job of explaining how our financial system really works and why the Federal Reserve is bad for America.


You can find out much more information about the documentary and about what they are trying to accomplish right here.  The documentary is also posted on YouTube and I have embedded it below….

As you can see, this is the kind of thing that even many of the most dumbed-down members of our society will be able to relate to and understand.

Hopefully as we all work together, we will wake up millions of Americans to what is really happening to our financial system.

The truth is that government debt is a plague on our great nation.  One of the founders of this nation, Thomas Jefferson, understood this threat very clearly and he tried to warn us.  Posted throughout the rest of this article are quotes about banking by Thomas Jefferson.  All of these quotes come from Wikiquote and the sources on Wikiquote have all been documented.  Jefferson said that if he would have been able to add one more amendment to the U.S. Constitution, it would have been an amendment that would have taken the ability to borrow away from the federal government….

I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.

Where would we be as a nation today without all of this debt?  We would be a lot better off, that is for sure….

But we didn’t listen to Thomas Jefferson, did we?  Now we have saddled future generations with the biggest debt in the history of the world.  Thomas Jefferson warned about this and he said that as far as he was concerned the debts of one generation should not pass down to the next generation….

I say, the earth belongs to each of these generations during its course, fully and in its own right. The second generation receives it clear of the debts and incumbrances of the first, the third of the second, and so on. For if the first could charge it with a debt, then the earth would belong to the dead and not to the living generation. Then, no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of its own existence.

Jefferson also knew that banking establishments would try to weasel their way in and convince the American people to borrow huge amounts of money which future generations would have to repay.  To Jefferson, this was essentially theft on a grand scale….

And I sincerely believe, with you, that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies; and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

In fact, Jefferson believed that the power to incorporate a central bank was not delegated to the Congress by the U.S. Constitution….

The incorporation of a bank and the powers assumed [by legislation doing so] have not, in my opinion, been delegated to the United States by the Constitution. They are not among the powers specially enumerated.

The funny thing is that if Jefferson was running around today he would probably be considered a “loon” by the mainstream media.  Jefferson repeatedly warned us of the dangers of paper money just like a few current members of Congress such as Ron Paul are trying to do today.  The following is one statement that Jefferson made about the dangers of paper money….

Bank paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs.

The truth is that when we allow private individuals to control the currency of a nation it gives them tremendous power to manipulate the financial system for their own gain.  The following quote from Jefferson is simply stunning if you take the time to properly digest it….

Certainly no nation ever before abandoned to the avarice and jugglings of private individuals to regulate according to their own interests, the quantum of circulating medium for the nation — to inflate, by deluges of paper, the nominal prices of property, and then to buy up that property at 1s. in the pound, having first withdrawn the floating medium which might endanger a competition in purchase. Yet this is what has been done, and will be done, unless stayed by the protecting hand of the legislature. The evil has been produced by the error of their sanction of this ruinous machinery of banks; and justice, wisdom, duty, all require that they should interpose and arrest it before the schemes of plunder and spoliation desolate the country.

Have we not seen exactly what Jefferson was warning about happen in our own day?  The housing bubble was caused by a flood of easy money, and then when the bubble burst the big banks moved in to foreclose on millions of American properties.  In the chart below, you will notice that the banks and financial institutions now have a bigger share of U.S. home equity than all the rest of us combined.  You will notice that residential mortgage debt (what we owe to the banks on our homes) is now much higher than the amount of residential home equity the rest of us have….

The banks are literally foreclosing on the American Dream.  Will they eventually simply own it all?

In his day, Jefferson warned that we would be ruined by a deluge of paper money from the banks….

Everything predicted by the enemies of banks, in the beginning, is now coming to pass. We are to be ruined now by the deluge of bank paper. It is cruel that such revolutions in private fortunes should be at the mercy of avaricious adventurers, who, instead of employing their capital, if any they have, in manufactures, commerce, and other useful pursuits, make it an instrument to burden all the interchanges of property with their swindling profits, profits which are the price of no useful industry of theirs.

Once again, all of these quotes and their sources can be confirmed over at Wikiquote.

If we had listened to Jefferson, the federal government would not be drowning in debt.  Our state and local governments would not be drowning in debt.  There would never have been a housing bubble.  There never would have been a Federal Reserve.

But we have lost our way.  Sadly, our Founding Fathers probably would barely be able to recognize the form of government that they created if they were able to visit us today.

But hopefully by sharing videos like the one posted above and by sharing articles from websites such as this one we can start to wake the American people up once again.

The road that we are on is only going to result in economic ruin and the collapse of our society.  We desperately need to get back to the principles that this country was founded upon, and we desperately need to reform our monetary system.

Hopefully there is still time to wake the American people up.  If not, then we are all in a world of hurt.

  • Gary

    I do not understand why we keep lionizing the founding fathers. They were sexist/racist etc. I really don’t care what people from the 1700’s think.

  • from europe

    funny cartoon, but misleading.
    @4:05-@4:20 says it all.
    YOU took the money you didn’t even need,
    now you’re crynig faul-play. you partied with borrowed (read: other ppls money) but now the party is over. YOU TOOK THE MONEY, yet you blame everyone else: the FED, the banks the chinese… well, look in the mirror fatass. nobody’s fault but YOURS.
    let me make an analogy: you americans are like
    drug addicts. you blame the dope producer (FED) and the dope dealer (banks) for your dope (debt) addiction, but ultimately it was YOUR DECISION to take on the debt. noone forced you.
    now stop ya’all your pathetic whinning once and for all, coz NOONE CARES ABOUT YOU!

  • Mr Carpenter

    If you have a spare 15-20 minutes, read this:

    If not, I’ll give you the two money quotes now.

    “The connected elitists never go to jail – they own just about everyone. They have pushed too far. America is headed for inflation, hyperinflation, deflationary depression and that will end in revolution.”

    “The government’s finances not only are out of control, but the actual deficit is not containable. Put into perspective, if the government were to raise taxes so as to seize 100% of all wages, salaries and corporate profits, it still would be showing an annual deficit using GAAP accounting on a consistent basis. In like manner, given current revenues, if it stopped spending every penny (including defense and homeland security) other than for Social Security and Medicare obligations, the government still would be showing an annual deficit. Further, the U.S. has no potential way to grow out of this shortfall.”

    In short, we’re screwed, to use the vernacular.

    Or, are “they” screwed? (Remember what happened in the video to that “first banker”?)

  • Can you say ‘America is going to burn’? The beginning is good – teaches about all the central bank money printing. No Jesus and the video does encourage violent revolution, especially starting at the 26th minute, but in some other places too. Christ-less revolution = worse tyranny! Stalin, Napoleon. In the USA, an oligarchical fascist regime rising out of the ashes (2012 shelters) after letting everybody kill each other for food and resources for a year. The anti-christ will likely be from eastern Europe and likely be a non-God-fearing Jew and the American fascist regime will answer and obey the anti-christ.

    Not congressperson, the supreme court, justice department, FBI, CIA, ATF, or even God. Not true with God. God does see what the Fed does, and Bilderberg, and other dark secret clubs. Read Ezekiel chapter 8 in the old testament of the Bible. Especially verses 9-12.

    At 4:05 ‘We own your ass’? comes up. That is true. Proverbs 22:7 mentions that the borrower is servant to the lender. The Fed does the actual money printing, digitally.

    1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

  • mondobeyondo

    Overall, a very humorous and excellent documentary. There may be a few faults, but overall, I consider their analysis of our banking system and the true nature of money very accurate.

    Whether JFK had anything to do with Federal Reserve intervention is intriguing. Personally, I do think it contributed to his assassination.

  • mondobeyondo

    The Founding Fathers were not perfect. But they knew what it took to run a good and decent government.

    Compared to the leaders we have today, well… there is no comparison.

    And it’s not as if the banks held a Glock to our heads and told us “Take out a loan…or else!” We voluntarily complied. The credit cards were irrestible. So we took the bait.

  • Interesting video. There are a few others like this one out in YouTube-land, but what I think is better about this one is the quality of the production and the producers’ smart decision to use stylistic elements from “South Park” (which the mainstream audience can relate to as they have been primed for years with “South Park” proper). Good marketing plan.

    Another very interesting video I came upon in the past few days is ;

    “Oligarchy vs. Republic”

    This very thought-provoking video examines the continuum of government forms throughout history and the world.

    It argues that America was NOT founded as a Democracy (rule by the people), but instead was founded as a Republic (rule by law)

    Some evidence the video gives include :

    “The word democracy does not appear at all in Declaration of Independance or the Constutution.”

    “James Madison wrote/said – “[democracies] have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths””

    “Alexander Hamilton wrote/said – “Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of democracy””

    The video argues that Rome was in its prime during its Republic phase. This republic eventually degraded as the emperors (politicians) hijacked power and granted government too much power.

    “Thus democracy itself is not a stable form of government. Instead it is the gradual transition from limited government to the unlimited rule of the oligarchy.”

    America is now drawing closer to the final (oligarchic) phase of the continuum (which all unregulated human societies ultimately gravitate towards).

    There are ultimately only two forms of government throughout the world and history – the oligarchy and the republic.

    — the only rebuttle I have to the premise of this video is :

    What is it that makes a Republic (the rule of law) inherently better than the others IF the law is ultimately created by people???

    Regardless of the answer to my rebuttle this is a very interesting perspective and worth the 10 minutes of watching.

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  • SGary

    Gary isn’t real – nobody is that stupid. He is a mythical moron that someone created to stir up responses. Don’t fall for the ploy.

  • The ‘American Dream’ video was taken down, but it is being re-posted by some who ripped it. Search YouTube for ‘American Dream provocateur’ or ‘American Dream banks’

  • This video has been removed by the user.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    Yes the Fed is bad, yes the Fed is unconstitutional, and yes mention the Fed and most people’s eyes will glaze over or you’ll get that dear in the headlights look.

    Ok that said a certain poster who makes a habit of making stupid comments made a stupid comment about the founders, they where not prefect. No they didn’t end slavery because at that time and that place there were, to the political mind very good reasons they couldn’t because so many states would have simply walked, and America would have died in the crib.

    One of the things that scream the ignorance of the politically correct left is applying 21st century standards to 18th 19th century people or people of a much earlier time. If you do not understand the morals, values, and what was happening at that time then please keep your comments to your self.

    “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

    Old Hebrew Saying.

  • The film is re-posted via our website

    just click the “film” button on the home page.

  • “And federal workers on average get four times more in benefits such as health care and retirement.” So how can I qualify for any position? Interesting, since I have to pay for their large salary and I even work part-time to have food on my table.

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  • RevBryan

    The wisdom of the Founders stands for all to see. The protections they put in both the Constitution and Bill of Rights were designed to promote economic growth and industry of every sort. It is not a perfect system but it has been proven effective over time as opposed to the alternatives which have a track record of ruin and degradation. To paraphrase Adrian Rogers, you cannot make wealth through the process of division.

  • Ed

    The video somes it all up. The problem is, even if you know about it. How can we fix it.. I beleave they know that we know and they are laughing at us cause we can do anything but keep paying. :( . there has to be a big following and act at the same time.. Not easy to do but it can be done..

  • Al

    So, “from europe,” because the current generation has lived high on credit, the next generation should be pawned for the debt of their parents? That’s a particularly onerous form of slavery: parents selling their children as slaves.
    Formerly, only the desperately poor did this, in hope of obtaining sustenance for their children. today, parents have hocked their children for their luxuries.

  • Al

    The Fed and its collection agency, the IRS, are the US national subsidiary of the Bank for International Settlements, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.

  • The new world order is coming and if we do not want to be drones or slaughtered like cattle by the powers that be, the Federal Reserve must go. The founding fathers knew of the evils and fought it in their time but we have forgotten. Remember we have the right to be free, free from debt.

  • user

    This is a pretty gross, imprecise and biased post