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From the author of: The Survival Guide For The One Percent

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The first time people saw these fifteen-sixteen year old girls acting overwhelmed, and emotionally captivated by four early twenties british rock stars they weren't initially considering any long term fears of the future. They simply wrote off these girl's reactions as a short term teenage stupidity.

It was not, however, short term, and the kids my age would not consider this new phenomenon as something our parents could require us to ignore. For the first time, when parents glared at their children expecting obedience, they got glares back, and their first experience with a defiant revolt to their authority.

As kids we didn't comprehend that the older generation was going to over react. The elite conservatives were also going to over react; develop a fear of the new affluent middle class, and decide that they needed to send it into decline. Believe it or not, the crash of 2008 started in February 1964, as did the consolidation of a new, and distinct American One Percent.

The Beatles arrive at Kennedy Airport for the first time from London for a 10-day tour on February 7, 1964 in New York City, New York.
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I am old enough to remember the days of the Beatles coming to America. I was excited, but nothing like the girls in the image above. I do, however, remember how my parents reacted, when they saw the film of young girls going crazy over the Beatles, and especially when they glanced at my sister to observe her reaction.

If you're not old enough, let me give you a clue about what was the beginning of the changes to come. What was now developing in my conservative middle class, survived the depression, devote Catholic parent's minds, when they observed their children's reaction to the Beatles, and their children's disregard for their demands to ignore the guitar playing freaks?

It was fear. They became fearful of what they perceived as break down in morals, a new sexuality, and a potential rebellion against parental authority. Worse yet is that they began to consider how they would react more forcefully to it.

The Beatles arrived in 1964, and only three months after President Kennedy had been assassinated. President Johnson was about the get hit with the civil rights race riots, and become mired in the build up of Vietnam. The 1960's were about to explode with the same disregard for authority our parents had witnessed on three consecutive Sunday nights in February 1964, when the Beatles played on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The conservative movement took some time to take hold, but it gave us the first real disaster, when Nixon was elected President. A bigger fool, and at a worse time for him to hit center stage could not have been planned more effectively.

The cornerstone of "Citizens United" began quite inconspicuously, when Nixon chose an conservative elitist as his choice to nominate for Supreme Court Justice. Why is this significant? Because:

On August 23, 1971, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., an attorney from Richmond, Virginia, drafted a confidential memorandum for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that described a strategy for the corporate takeover of the dominant public institutions of American society.

It was a hit with corporate America, and a hit list on public advocacy groups.

Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

The image above is too flattering to the man. Click here to see his official photograph taken when he became a Supreme Court Justice.

You will understand what I meant by the "Beatles Impact" upon this guy. He had been watching on one of those Sunday nights, and was one of those who had decided that the middle class had developed a far too inflated opinion of themselves, and had too large an impact upon the direction of United States' policy.

Elitists of the 1960's were outraged by the new rebellion brought on within America's youth, by the Beatles, rock music, long hair, and the worst were tree huggers (although they had not yet been given that label.) He was an elitist old man, even before he became a Supreme Court Justice.

New consumer, and environmental laws were especially distressing to him. He understood the difference between a rock music rebellion, but new consumer, and environmental laws were capable of utilizing the force of law. They had teeth, not just the shrill of a teenage girl at a 1964 Beatles concert.

Powell considered himself to be an astute observer of the business community, and of the new social trends of the early 1960's. As a former President of the American Bar Association from 1964–1965, (when the Beatles played Ed Sullivan), and a board member of tobacco giant Philip Morris, as well as other companies, he placed himself within the societal elite. He was also very proud of the following:

  • Member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. Its members are known as Phi Kaps, Skulls, and sometimes Skullhouse, the latter two because of the skull and crossbones on the fraternity's badge and coat of arms.

  • Member of the Sigma Society. The Sigma Society is a secret society at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

The following is about Powell, and from Wikipedia.

In 1969, President Nixon asked him to join the Supreme Court, but Powell turned him down. In 1971, Nixon asked him again. Powell was unsure, but Nixon, and his Attorney General, John N. Mitchell, (The same Mitchell who was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury, and sentenced to 2.5 to 8 years in prison for his role in the Watergate ) persuaded him that joining the Court was his duty to the nation.

One of the primary concerns that Powell had was the effect leaving his law firm and joining the high court would have on his personal financial status, as he enjoyed a very lucrative private practice at his law firm.

Another of Powell's major concerns was that, as a corporate attorney , he would be unfamiliar with many of the issues that would come before the Supreme Court, which at that time, as today, heard very few corporate law cases. Powell feared this would place him at a disadvantage and make it unlikely that he would be able to influence his colleagues.

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