Thomas Jefferson once said: “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . .
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,
the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their
children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks
and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”