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Yes, U.S. Grant learned from experience in war but didn't see where war time corruption would end anyumore than Eisenhower saw where teh CIA and his "military-induystrail complex" would end no matter he coiuned teh term i.e. if they had seen,s they'd have done something about it.

Instaed, they capered on like JFK and the Bay of Pigs.

By the time Lincoln had won his war, the North was no longer a place for "the little man" as it had in been 1860. The Homestaed Act was repealed, big business took over Westward expansion, and in its place came the first Civil Rights Act which would have failed constitutional challenge had not the sates passed the Reconstruction Amendments, incluidng the otorious 14th which has been used ot justify "gay" marriage. "Reconstructed" Souther states were coerced into ratifying them.

Even Southern "Fusionists" like Molomne understood that to build a railroad, one bribed a senator with stocks.

The transcontinetal railroad was builton land gratns along with major mining and lumbering companies squeezing out homesteaders. White Northern workers and Southern Yeomen both became second class citizens in the Guilded Age, later Progressive Era an dmore big governmentot fight big business.

We've been on a downward spiral for a long time in which money equates to a "free" Calvinsit sort of nobility.

It was free in the sense of not being hereditary, but by Teddy Roosevelt's time, social and ecnomic norms were the whim of the rich, the Bradly-Martins as well as the Abolitonists, Feminsts and Teddy himself, revered for having come around but never a man of the common people.

The European "authoritarians" wer not populists. They wer men who understood the stpory of Napoleon and the Shoemaker.

"Democracy is dead. We have killed it, you and I. Hasn't it become mcuh colder?"

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