Monday, April 26, 2010

George Washington on TV

This is a video series of Dr. James P. Hodges' presentation as George Washington on April 9, 2010 in Coos Bay, Oregon.  The hosts of the TV program were Don and Theresa Van Dyke. Don van Dyke is running for County Commissioner of Coos County.

General George Washington Part 1 of 4

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

James P. Hodges, Ph.D.
Website: Leadership by George!

Winner of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Medal of Honor
Member: National Speakers Association, American Society for Training and Development

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

FED Up: Founding Fathers, the Banking System, and the Federal Reserve

"Scenes are now to take place as will open the eyes of credulity and
of insanity itself, to the dangers of a paper medium abandoned
to the discretion of avarice and of swindlers."
~ Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1814

"If the people only understood the rank injustice of our money and
banking system, there would be a revolution before morning." 
~ President Andrew Jackson

In 1776, the American patriots declared independence from Great Britain and fought desperately for their freedom. They not only longed for political self-determination, but they also wanted to rid themselves of the financial noose the Bank of England had placed around their necks. Unfortunately, they were not able to permanently rid America of the international bankers who had infested it. Our current banking and economic crisis is, in some respects, a result of some of the same problems with which our Founding Fathers struggled.

Thomas Jefferson considered "[t]he system of banking [to be] a blot left in all our Constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction, which is already hit by the gamblers in corruption, and is sweeping away in its progress the fortunes and morals of our citizens" (Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816). Jefferson warned that

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power of money should be taken from banks and restored to Congress and the people to whom it belongs. I sincerely believe the banking institutions having the issuing power of money, are more dangerous to liberty than standing armies."

(Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Monroe, January 1, 1815).

Jefferson lamented that private individuals - the bankers - were empowered 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..." (Thomas Jefferson to William C. Rives, 1819). Jefferson feared that "[t]he banks... have the regulation of the safety-valves of our fortunes, and... condense and explode them at their will" (Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1819).

Jefferson "sincerely believe[d]... that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies..." (Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816). He said "[i]t is a cruel thought, that, when we feel ourselves standing on the firmest ground in every respect, the cursed arts of our secret enemies, combining with other causes, should effect, by depreciating our money, what the open arms of a powerful enemy could not" (Thomas Jefferson to Richard Henry Lee, 1779).

Jefferson considered the Bank of the United States to be a serious threat to the Republic, and fought hard against it. According to Jefferson:

"[The] Bank of the United States... is one of the most deadly hostility existing, against the principles and form of our Constitution... An institution like this, penetrating by its branches every part of the Union, acting by command and in phalanx, may, in a critical moment, upset the government. I deem no government safe which is under the vassalage of any self-constituted authorities, or any other authority than that of the nation, or its regular functionaries. What an obstruction could not this bank of the United States, with all its branch banks, be in time of war! It might dictate to us the peace we should accept, or withdraw its aids. Ought we then to give further growth to an institution so powerful, so hostile?"

(Thomas Jefferson to Albert Gallatin, 1803).

The banking Elite have been slowly implementing a global system of financial control accumulated in private hands. Those who control the issuance of money wield considerable power over national politics and policies. Mayer Amschel Rothschild said in 1828, "Allow me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who writes the laws." English Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said in 1844 that "The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not

behind the scenes." According to U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Felix Frankfurter, "The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise their power from behind the scenes."

Jefferson explained that the banking system was creating an aristocracy in the United States that was at odds with the Republic:

"The bank mania... is raising up a moneyed aristocracy in our country which has already set the government at defiance, and although forced at length to yield a little on this first essay of their strength, their principles are unyielded and unyielding. These have taken deep root in the hearts of that class from which our legislators are drawn, and the sop to Cerberus from fable has become history. Their principles lay hold of the good, their pelf of the bad, and thus those whom the Constitution had placed as guards to its portals, are sophisticated or suborned from their duties."

(Thomas Jefferson to Josephus B. Stuart, 1817). David Rockefeller, a member of this "moneyed aristocracy" admitted to working against the Republic - and being proud of it - in his autobiography, Memoirs:

"For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it."

President Andrew Jackson considered such people to be "a den of vipers," and promised "by the Eternal God I will rout you out."

The robber barons have been able to steadily increase their domination over politics in various countries and even the global economy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrote "The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson" (U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a letter written Nov. 21, 1933 to Colonel E. Mandell House).

The banking Elite's method of conquest is to usurp the power to create money from governments. The United States Constitution grants Congress the power to "coin Money [and] regulate the Value thereof" (Article I, Section 8). Unfortunately, Congress has allowed the private bankers to usurp that power to issue money and regulate its value.

In 1910, several of the world's leading bankers devised a central banking system for the United States. This system was to consolidate the power to issue and regulate the nation's money into the hands of a consortium of private bankers. This was by making the Federal Reserve the only entity that could legally introduce US paper currency into circulation. Congressman Charles A. Lindberg, Sr. complained that "[t]his Act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President [Wilson] signs this bill, the invisible government of the Monetary Power will be legalized. The worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill." Henry Cabot Lodge also refused to support the bill. He said:

"Throughout my public life I have supported all measures designed to take the Government out of the banking business. This bill puts the Government into the banking business as never before in our history. The powers vested in the Federal Reserve Board seen to me highly dangerous especially where there is political control of the Board. I should be sorry to hold stock in a bank subject to such dominations. The bill as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency. I had hoped to support this bill, but I cannot vote for it cause it seems to me to contain features and to rest upon principles in the highest degree menacing to our prosperity, to stability in business, and to the general welfare of the people of the United States." 

(Henry Cabot Lodge to Senator Weeks, December 17, 1913). 

Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve became a reality in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Act was signed into law. President Woodrow Wilson lamented having done so. In 1916, he wrote:
"I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men."

Now, "The Federal Reserve (privately owned banks) are one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever seen," according to Congressman Louis T. McFadden (Chairman of the U.S. Banking Currency Commission for 22 years).

Part of the problem is the dependence on paper money. Jefferson believed "Paper is poverty,... it is only the ghost of money, and not money itself" (Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 1788). He felt paper was too unstable and insecure:

"The evils of this deluge of paper money are not to be removed until our citizens are generally and radically instructed in their cause and consequences, and silence by their authority the interested clamors and sophistry of speculating, shaving, and banking institutions. Till then, we must be content to return quoad hoc to the savage state, to recur to barter in the exchange of our property for want of a stable common measure of value, that now in use being less fixed than the beads and wampum of the Indian, and to deliver up our citizens, their property and their labor, passive victims to the swindling tricks of bankers and mountebankers." 

(Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, 1819). Jefferson described paper money as "froth and bubble":
"If the debt which the banking companies owe be a blessing to anybody, it is to themselves alone, who are realizing a solid interest of eight or ten per cent on it. As to the public, these companies have banished all our gold and silver medium, which, before their institution, we had without interest, which never could have perished in our hands, and would have been our salvation now in the hour of war; instead of which they have given us two hundred million of froth and bubble, on which we are to pay them heavy interest, until it shall vanish into air... We are warranted, then, in affirming that this parody on the principle of 'a public debt being a public blessing,' and its mutation into the blessing of private instead of public debts, is as ridiculous as the original principle itself. In both cases, the truth is, that capital may be produced by industry, and accumulated by economy; but jugglers only will propose to create it by legerdemain tricks with paper." 

(Thomas Jefferson to John W. Eppes, 1813). George Washington was also against paper. He wrote: "Paper money has had the effect in your state that it will ever have, to ruin commerce, oppress the honest, and open the door to every species of fraud and injustice" (George Washington, letter to J. Bowen, Rhode Island, Jan. 9, 1787).

Jefferson advocated using coinage. According to him, "Specie is the most perfect medium because it will preserve its own level; because, having intrinsic and universal value, it can never die in our hands, and it is the surest resource of reliance in time of war" (Thomas Jefferson to John Wayles Eppes, 1813).

Jefferson offered a solution for restoring the U.S. banking system:

"Bank paper must be suppressed, and the circulating medium must be restored to the nation to whom it belongs. It is the only fund on which they can rely for loans; it is the only resource which can never fail them, and it is an abundant one for every necessary purpose. Treasury bills, bottomed on taxes, bearing or not bearing interest, as may be found necessary, thrown into circulation will take the place of so much gold and silver, which last, when crowded, will find an efflux into other countries, and thus keep the quantum of medium at its salutary level. Let banks continue if they please, but let them discount for cash alone or for treasury notes."

(Thomas Jefferson to John W. Eppes, 1813)

President John F. Kennedy tried to implement Jefferson's solution by using silver coins. In 1963, he signed Executive Order 11110 which gave the Treasury Department the power to issue silver certificates as the base for U.S. currency. The idea was that once enough silver certificates were in existence, they would eliminate the demand for Federal Reserve notes.

President Abraham Lincoln had tried a variation on the theme, but he had stuck with paper. He had the Treasury Department issue "Greenbacks," which were non-interest bearing notes. He tried to change the system in this way, and hoped that "By Government creation of money, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest."

Unfortunately, both Kennedy and Lincoln were assassinated before their monetary reform policies could take hold and effect permanent change.

What, then, is the ultimate goal of the Elite bankers in brandishing so much power over our government?

If one is to believe insiders, then there is cause for concern for the continued existence of the Republic. Sen. George W. Malone of Nevada said in 1957 that there was a "preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States." This is part of the "march towards a world-government" that David Rockefeller has talked about. According to him, "[t]he supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the National auto determination practiced in past centuries" (David Rockefeller in an address to a Trilateral Commission meeting in June of 1991). Senator Barry Goldwater informed us in his 1964 book, No Apologies, that

"The Trilateral Commission is intended to be the vehicle for multinational consolidation of the commercial and banking interests by seizing control of the political government of the United States.
The Trilateral Commission represents a skillful, coordinated effort to seize control and consolidate
the four centers of power--Political, Monetary, Intellectual, and Ecclesiastical."

Perhaps worse than a one world government is another dreadful possibility: enslavement. American Mercury Magazine warns "The invisible Money Power is working to control and enslave mankind. It financed Communism, Fascism, Marxism, Zionism, Socialism. All of these are directed to making the United States a member of a World Government ..." (AMERICAN MERCURY MAGAZINE, December 1957, p. 92).

Jefferson offers another solution out of this dilemma: the legislature must intervene. He says, "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 spoilation desolate the country" (Thomas Jefferson to William C. Rives, 1819). Let us hope it is not too late...

For more information, I recommend the following video:

The Money Masters - How International Bankers Gained Control of America 
It is described as a "historical documentary that traces the origins of the political power structure that rules our nation and the world today." From the description:

"The modern political power structure hasits roots in the hidden manipulation and accumulation of gold and other forms of money. The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned "central" bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers."


James P. Hodges, Ph.D.
Website: Leadership by George!

Winner of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Medal of Honor
Member: National Speakers Association, American Society for Training and Development

Leadership by George offers a full range of resources for organizational and personal leadership, including audio programs, podcasts. articles,  blogs,  e-zines, and more.  

To schedule a personal presentation by Washington elaborating his principles, please contact Dr. Hodges at jim (at)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Excerpt of Beyond the Cherry Tree

In Dr. James P. Hodges' book, Beyond the Cherry Tree: the Leadership Wisdom of George Washington [order], he discusses Washington's ethical and moral principles for effective leadership. This book is part of a system devoted to Washington's mission of  developing desperately needed leaders in this period of national turmoil. Here is an excerpt from Chapter One.

Illustrations by Bonnie Hodges


...President Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “Leadership is getting other people to do work because they want to.” 

Harry Truman described the need for leadership when he wrote, “Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. “

Effective leadership should exist within the entire company—not just at the top. Everyone should be involved in the leadership process. Old-style leadership of command and control puts a company’s future at risk, because it can’t adapt fast enough to meet global competition. 

The new process of “collective leadership” is fast-acting. Only results count—not the time worked nor the energy expended, as compared with the sales process, in which only the sales count. 

More and more big corporations are adopting the collective leadership process. They divide themselves into entrepreneurial units with teams set up to start and finish the process. While called a “new style,” it resembles the way things worked before assembly line production. This new style of leadership is a transformation change that many accept readily. 

Effective leadership within this new process listens to advice from workers, takes and gives criticism, but does not criticize, is not cynical, creates enthusiasm and not fear, and trusts the workers to behave ethically. Leaders create the corporate culture in which work is done—the better the environment, the greater the productivity. 

The new style collective leader seeks 360-degree feedback—that is, comments from every stakeholder around the spectrum. Under the old style of command and control leadership, workers didn’t dare show weakness. It would be held against them, even grounds for dismissal. Under the new style leadership, they are even encouraged to do so. Admitting they need help will best assure that the work will be done—correctly. 

Will it be easy for you to become a more effective leader? No! Will your effort be worth it? Yes! 

As George Washington’s contemporary, Thomas Paine—the author first of Common Sense and later, American Crisis—wrote, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” America is hungry for this type of leadership. 

Between a stimulus and a response, there is a moment in which one must make a choice of what action one will take. The more thoroughly ingrained the ethical leadership principles are within us, the more likely we will choose to act correctly. 

The effective leader is a skillful communicator. General Washington wrote one of the finest documents ever produced on leadership. It was in response to a request from Colonel William Woodford at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Woodford had asked his commander’s advice on the proper conduct necessary to be the most effective leader of men. Washington advised him:

“The best general advice I can give is to be strict in your discipline, that is, to require nothing unreasonable of your officers and men, but see that whatever is required be punctually complied with. Reward and punish every man according to his merit, without partiality or prejudice; hear his complaints, if well founded, redress them, if otherwise, discourage them in order to prevent frivolous ones. Discourage vice in every shape, and impress upon the mind of every man from the first to the lowest, of the importance of our cause, and what it is they are contending for. Forever keep in view the necessity of guarding against surprise. Be plain and precise in your orders, and keep copies of them to refer to, that no mistakes may happen. Be easy and condescending in your deportment to your officers, but not too familiar, lest you subject yourself to a want of that respect, which is necessary to support a proper command. These, Sir, I have presumed to give as the great outlines for your conduct. Signed, Geo Washington.”

American companies could earn hundreds of billions of extra dollars each year and improve productivity by implementing Washington’s business leadership practices. Washington’s accomplishments stemmed from his ability to turn complexity into simplicity. His leadership and management skills had different focuses. He believed that one leads people and the other manages processes. Leaders do the right things. Managers do things right. The key to his success lay in his ability to distinguish between the two and to give each its due respect...

You can build an organization based on Washington's principles by educating each member about his principles for successful leadership. This book makes an ideal gift to inspire your employees. 

To purchase book, please see Order page. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to teaching patriotic leadership to school children. There is a discount for bulk orders for businesses, universities, school, governments, non-profits, and communities. 

Copyright James P. Hodges, PhD 2019


James P. Hodges, Ph.D.

Website: Leadership by George!

Winner of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Medal of Honor
Member: National Speakers Association, American Society for Training and Development

Leadership by George! [see website] offers a full range of resources for organizational and personal leadership, including audio programs, podcasts. articles,  blogs,  e-zines, and more.  

To schedule a personal presentation by Washington elaborating his principles, please contact Dr. Hodges at jim (at)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Upcoming Events - Coos Bay & Yakima

Over the weekend of April 9 - 10, 2010, I will be in Coos Bay, Oregon.  On Saturday at 10:00 am, I will be on Channel 17 in Coos Bay. That evening, I will speak as Washington at a campaign reception for Don van Dyke, candidate for County Commissioner of Coos County.

On the TV program, I plan to discuss George Washington's ethical principles for effective leadership in local government. I will compare and contrast difficulties Washington had to overcome with today's situation. The situations may differ, but the principles to effectively address them remain the same. A young lady will also ask questions on topics of interest to our younger citizens. 

The program is sponsored by Don van Dyke. Don is well qualified for the position and can help solve today's problems. In addition to the applicable experience, Don reflects the honesty, fairness and economic understanding necessary to run local government. 

UPDATE: please see video series of this presentation.

On June 7 - 8, 2010, I will be in Yakima, Washington, where I will be the keynote speaker at the 63rd Annual Washington State School Retirees Association (WSSRA) Convention and Delegate Assembly.  I will be presenting George Washington's proven team-building techniques. 

WSSRA Web Page: 

I look forward to these events and meeting those in attendance.


James P. Hodges, Ph.D.
Website: Leadership by George!

Winner of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Medal of Honor
Member: National Speakers Association, American Society for Training and Development