Ninety-seven years ago another fake 97% consensus sought US backing in a European bid for revenge on Germany. European politicians and field-marshals cried like babies, pouted and threw tantrums in disappointed outrage.
As in the Kyoto self-immolation “protocol,” US Senators realized their constituents would hang them from lampposts if they signed away American sovereignty for a vultures’ pact over the bleeding remains of defeated Germany. We weren’t Europe’s “ally” at all. To avoid such a sucker stigma Congress entered the war on behalf of Daddy Warbucks’ Belligerents Loan Collection Agency as an “Associated Power.” These States refused to sign the Treaty of Versailles or the League of Nations, both of which showed in their Article 23 they were drug cartels out to fix prices–now that The Accursed Hun had (they hoped) been elbowed out of the dope market.
America signed a separate peace with Germany and Austria-Hungary–and had never for a minute been at war with Ottoman Turkey. (Australians were less circumspect in their dealings with the Old World oligarchies, and some lived to regret their gullibility.)
So as Progressive prohibitionist Wilson died of complications from the Spanish Flu, The Fourteen Points and a stroke, Harding and the Senate–not Trump and the Senate–became the evil cabal determined to plunge the Precious Planet into another ghastly World War by withdrawing from pacts with the perpetrators of the instant war. To avoid that horror they needed only sign the hundreds of clauses those friendly European nations needed signed… so the US government could again be entangled in their web of deadly intrigue over smoldering ruins stalked by cadaverous starvelings.
Warren Gamaliel Harding became president, scoffed at prohibitionism, hired his stoner buddies to government posts and was apparently poisoned by his own Republican Party pals in Canada after a visit to Alaska. Whatever his faults, Harding did not wreck the economy nor send tens of thousands of young men to hideous deaths in foreign feuds.
Harding’s words are an object lesson to today’s looter kleptocracy politicians:
I rejoice that America is still free and independent and in a position of self reliance and holds to the right of self-determination.
Remember this lesson, and the next time you wonder what is written on a foreign document, hire a translator to reveal its meaning.