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Aristocratic houses behind the democratic institutions? An Analysis of Bush/Gore/Cheney

People may scoff that Kevin Phillips latest book, American Dynasty (2004) because Phillips calls the Bush family a royalist dynasty. "What?!" YOu may say, "we are at least democratic, there are no long term aristocracies in power!"

Or is that what the aristocrats, who designed your peasant schools and your peasant curricula, told you to think to make you compliant to their informal power? Read on, and hopefully the scales will drop from your eyes and guard you against still living royalists who ape democratic slogans. Hopefully it will help you configure your sense of 'modern history' very differently: democracy as a work in progress slowly ridding aristocratic houses from manpulating the democratic institutions.
What if multigenerational families and aristocratic houses still exist and can be traced through the past two hundred years as easily as a royal blood line, connected with various political, scientific, financial, and corporate relationships—all intertwining?

I am arguing, the family state is still very much alive. It is only hiding out in a democratic wrapping as popular forms of governmental legitimacy have changed out from under it--from monarchy to 'democracy'--and many aristocrats want to see that discourse move away from democracy back to royalty, as it suits their interests.

While positionally speaking royal houses are still is busy with political marriages, conflicts, clientelistic sponsorships, inherited position and intergenerational inherited wealth, has much actually changed, in practice? Democracy seems a work in progress instead of something we already have. This globalized anti-corporate movement is finally ripping off the fake democratic mantle of these aristocrats who have been hiding out in the nation state for 200 years.

This is far from a place to make the full case of evidence I am familiar with, though it should be more widely known that both George W. Bush, Jr., and Albert Gore are related to one another—and this relation goes back several hundred years to British royalty.

1. [Bush Beats Gore in Presidential 'Blue Blood' Stakes, Reuters,  http://news.excite.com/news/r/001017/11/odd-royalty-dc. ]

If royal genes have anything to do with electoral success, then Republican U.S. presidential candidate George W. Bush will be the next man in the White House, Britain's blue blood bible said Tuesday. Burke's Peerage, a revered guide to the breeding of the aristocracy, said both Bush and his rival Al Gore are of royal descent, but investigations deep into their heritage show Bush has far more noble and royal connections.

Bush is closely related to every European monarch on and off the throne -- including the King of Albania -- and has kinship with every member of Britain's royal family, the House of Windsor.

He is a 13th cousin of Britain's Queen Mother, and of her daughter Queen Elizabeth and is a 13th cousin once removed of the heir to the throne, Prince Charles.

Bush's family tree can be documented as far back as the early 15th century.

He has a direct descent from Henry III and from Henry VIII's sister Mary Tudor, who was also the wife of Louis XI of France. He is also descended from Charles II of England.

"WELL ENDOWED"

"It is now clear that Mr. Gore and Mr. Bush have an unusually large number of royal and noble descents," said Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke's Peerage.

"In point of fact, never in the history of the United States have two presidential candidates been as well endowed with royal alliances."

Brooks-Baker said there had always been a significant "royalty factor" in those who aspired to the White House, with Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, among others, all boasting blue blood links.

Democrat candidate Gore, who is currently lagging Bush by one point in opinion polls ahead of U.S. elections in November, has a less illustrious gene pool.

Being a descendant of Edward I, he [Gore] is also a cousin of former U.S. president Richard Nixon, who resigned from the White House in 1974 for his part in the Watergate scandal.

But Gore does have direct links to the holy Roman Empire.

He is a descendant of Roman Emperors Louis II, Charles II and Louis I and is therefore also a direct descendant of Charlemagne -- the eight-century Emperor.

The problem is, Gore's Charlemagne links also make him a cousin of George W. Bush.

2. Second, the Bush administration is particularly nepotistic.[  http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=13493 . Nepotism in the Bush administration By Barbara Ferguson, Arab News Correspondent ]


"In the Bush administration, governing is a family matter," writes Dana Milbank in The Washington Post, who reveals a list of appointments that looks, to many, like downright nepotism.

"Two weeks ago, the State Department announced that Elizabeth Cheney, the vice president's daughter, would become a deputy assistant secretary of state. Her husband, Philip Perry, last week left the Justice Department to become chief counsel for the Office of Management and Budget. There, Cheney's son-in-law will join OMB Director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., whose sister, Deborah Daniels, is an assistant attorney general.

"That's just the beginning," notes Milbank. "Among Deborah Daniels's colleagues at Justice is young Chuck James, whose mother, Kay Coles James, is the director of the Office of Personnel Management, and whose father, Charles Sr., is a top Labor Department official. Charles James Sr.'s boss, Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, knows about having family members in government: Her husband is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and her department's top lawyer, Labor Solicitor Eugene Scalia, is the son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

"Everybody knows the Bush administration is famously loyal. One reason Bush aides are like family is because some of them are family. Ken Mehlman, the White House political director, regularly calls his younger brother Bruce, an assistant commerce secretary, to get his input. 'He's a great adviser — I trust him like a brother,' quips Ken.

"Deputy White House press secretary Scott McClellan recently found himself in front of the microphones introducing a member of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, Mark McClellan. Scott called Mark 'my older, smaller brother,' and Mark replied: 'Thanks, my larger brother.'

"The Bush administration bloodlines begin at the top and flow through the rank and file," notes Millbank. "Secretary of State Colin L. Powell is the father of Michael Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The director of the Federal Trade Commission's office of policy planning, Ted Cruz, is married to a senior official in the US Trade Representative's office, Heidi Cruz. 'It's a little bit like having adjoining booths at the county fair,' she says.

"Also on the fairgrounds are FCC commissioner Kevin Martin, married to Cheney aide Cathie Martin, and Cheney aide Nina Rees, spouse of White House speechwriter Matthew Rees. The brother of National Economic Council staffer John Ackerly begins work later this year on the president's Council of Economic Advisers. OMB spokesman Chris Ullman served in the administration with his wife, Kris, a Justice Department official, until the couple's daughter was born 14 weeks ago. 'She's never worked in the administration,' he says of the infant.

"Then there are the inter-branch families. Chief Justice William Rehnquist's daughter is at the Department of Health and Human Services. Bush is now pushing the Senate to confirm US District Judge Charles W. Pickering as an appellate judge. He's the father of Rep. Charles W. "Chip" Pickering Jr., a Mississippi Republican. If successful, the Pickering duo would join father-son combinations Jim Bunning (a Republican senator from Kentucky) and David Bunning (confirmed last month as a federal judge) and Strom Thurmond (South Carolina Republican senator) and Strom Jr. (new US attorney in South Carolina).

"Some appointments have brought questions of nepotism ... Administration officials say the appointees are qualified in their own right." State Department spokesman Richard Boucher denied a report that the deputy assistant secretary position was created for Elizabeth Cheney.

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Plus, excepting Dick Cheney (who flunked out of Yale his first year), the Cheney family for generations has gone to Yale and joined the secret society Skull and Bones. Be aware that behind the democratic presidency is a tyrannical monarchial group of families desperate to show their true colors.