Fortunate Son

By Not Sure

2 April 2023


                Fortunate Son is a song written by John Fogerty in 1969 which became an anti-war anthem of the Vietnam War era.  In a 2010 interview with Songfacts, Fogerty said that it “speaks more to the unfairness of class than war itself.” 

                In his 2015 memoirs, Fogerty said he was thinking about President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s grandson marrying the daughter of then-president Richard Nixon.  David Eisenhower spent most of his three years in the military during the Vietnam War as an officer posted on the USS Albany in the Mediterranean Sea.


                Fortunate Son wasn't really inspired by any one event. Julie Nixon was dating David Eisenhower. You'd hear about the son of this senator or that congressman who was given a deferment from the military or a choice position in the military. They seemed privileged and whether they liked it or not, these people were symbolic in the sense that they weren't being touched by what their parents were doing. They weren't being affected like the rest of us.”



Fortunate Son

Creedence Clearwater Revival



Some folks are born made to wave the flag
They're red, white and blue
And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief"
They point the cannon at you, Lord

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no senator's son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one

Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand
Lord, don't they help themselves, yeah
But when the taxman comes to the door
The house look a like a rummage sale

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no millionaire's son, no, no
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one

Yeah, some folks inherit star-spangled eyes
They send you down to war
And when you ask 'em, "How much should we give?"
They only answer, "More, more, more"

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no military son, son
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one, one

It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one
It ain't me, it ain't me
I ain't no fortunate one


Written by John Cameron Fogerty, 1969

Album – Willy and The Poor Boys


                Dwight D.’s military achievements would lead to an appointment as the president of Columbia University and later the presidency of the United States.  But keep this little fact in mind for later:  Dwight D.’s son (David’s father) would rise to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve and later be the U.S. ambassador to Belgium.




                In this week’s Redux from November 26, 2006, Alan Watt spoke with Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Radio.  This conversation takes us deep into the ancient brotherhood who use the con of money to keep the system running down through time.  One point that Alan makes is that we are domesticated.  We are sheep.  When the shepherd wants to kill some sheep for his personal use, he doesn’t do that in front of the rest of the flock, so we are taught to trust the shepherd. 

                Alan said, “…it was common history to always beware of governments because they're worse than any foreign army. They always use the army on you eventually. That was the routine all down through the centuries and yet in one sense they've managed to train the people in the opposite direction, that the army is good, that the guy at the top – he's come out of a separate birth canal from the rest of us. He's holy almost. It's a holy stature that is given to these people and that was the trick of expertise, to conjure up through media propaganda (and it was tested over a hundred years) an almost aura of a holy persona around the president or prime minister and those around them. It's as though they're special people different from the rest of us you see.”


                This same special, separate birth canal propaganda is used to promote certain bankers to us as the good guys.  A recent Business Insider article about Jamie Dimon to the rescue for struggling bank First Republic showed Dimon upon a white horse with a halo around his head.  Exactly as Alan and Henrik discussed in this talk.  Politicians and bankers are not average people.  They are not like us.  They are not psychopaths or opportunists, gangsters, pirates or crooks.  They are special.  They are holy.  We trust them with our lives.




                Jamie Dimon the chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase caught my attention a couple of weeks ago and to me, went from being “a banker” to a person of very special interest.  It was the almost god-like way the media treated him as “America’s Banker” that first grabbed me.  Then it was the “ah, shucks” coarseness of his speech.  Camouflaging his silver-spoon upbringing and first-class education with his plain-spoken “I’m just an average Joe like you” presentation.  Very slick.

                There are couple of different stories to explain why Jamie’s paternal grandfather (who worked as a banker) changed the family name from Papademetriou to Dimon.  In one story, he was trying to impress a French girl he wanted to date by coming up with a more French sounding name.  In another story, he sought work as a dishwasher and encountered prejudice against Greeks.  Whatever the true story, the dishwasher/banker had a son (Jamie’s father) who became a banker.  Both Father Dimon and Grandfather Dimon were stockbrokers at Shearson.*   Jamie Dimon is a fortunate son.            

                JPMorgan Chase got its name from James Pierpont Morgan Sr., the financier and investment banker who dominated Wall Street during what is called the Gilded Age.  This period of economic boom which lasted from roughly the end of the American Civil War until the beginning of the twentieth century was given its name by historians in the 1920s who referred to the title of a Mark Twain novel, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873.)  J.P. Morgan (along with John D. Rockefeller) was a driving force behind industrial consolidation (mergers and acquisition.)  Remember that John D. Rockefeller famously said that competition was a sin.

                We’re left to wonder if he had lived, would he have participated in the creation of the Federal Reserve?  He died in Italy on the 31st of March, 1913, while on a grand holiday.  The Federal Reserve was created on December 23, 1913.  His son, J.P. Morgan Jr., took over the family business but was not as influential in part because the Glass-Steagall act of 1933 split the company into three separate businesses.

                Chase Bank traces its roots back to 1799 and the Manhattan Company, founded by Aaron Burr who famously killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.  Part of their personal disagreements involved the Bank of New York, which Hamilton had founded and is now one of the oldest banks in the world.  Burr was a politician and lawyer who served as the third vice-president of the United States.  Hamilton was a military officer, statesman, Founding Father and the first United States secretary of the treasury. 

                I’m pointing out how far back the intermingling of politics, statesmanship and banking go in the U.S., but I’m certain that one could make similar connections if one studied the oldest banks in England or France.


* Shearson went through many changes over the years and their name reflected those changes.  They finally became Shearson Lehman Brothers.  The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008 was the climax of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.




                Jamie Dimon will be questioned under oath about JPMorgan’s connection with former client Jeffrey Epstein.  Former JPMorgan banker, Jes Staley, is taking the heat for his personal and professional relationship with Epstein which cost Staley his job as CEO of Barclay’s bank.  Staley’s father was the CEO of a chemicals company, his paternal grandfather was the top executive of a chain of retail stores.  His maternal grandfather was the president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1948 to 1959.  Jes Staley is a fortunate son.


                Looking for the latest on Dimon, I discovered that Whitney Webb of Unlimited Hangout published on March 27 what she promises will be the first in an investigative series about Dimon and the Jeffrey Epstein connection.  As JPMorgan’s ties to Jeffrey Epstein are being scrutinized in court, Whitney Webb reveals how the same powerful players who brought Epstein to prominence were largely responsible for the rise of JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon.”


The Rise of Jamie Dimon



                One of the companies which factors into the rise of Jamie Dimon was Control Data Corporation (CDC.)  A CDC subsidiary called Worldtech was created for the purpose of what are called “technology transfers,” sharing technology with foreign countries.  In typical Whitney Webb style, we are taken on a journey back in time and around the world.  We learn that CDC’s executive vice president was part of the American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations (ACUSR, previously the American Committee on East-West Accord). Sound that one out.  ACUSER!  Other members at the time, specifically in 1977, included Robert Maxwell’s lawyer and confidant, Samuel Pisar (stepfather to current U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.)  Robert Maxwell, a media baron, suspected spy, a committer of fraud, and the father of Ghislaine Maxwell, a former socialite who is now a convicted sex offender, serving her sentence in a low security prison in Florida.




                Alan and Henrik talked about how people (in context it was politicians, specifically Hillary Clinton and George Bush) are chosen and groomed for their task.  Alan said, “If they’re brighter, they’re selected to be brought into the secrets. You could have four children in a high family but each one will be tested to see according to their personality if they’re fit to be brought into the mysteries, because they might be a blabber mouth and they yap too much or drink too much or whatever. It’s only certain ones who are selected.”

                We have the images of a bitter and outraged Hillary Clinton when she failed in her bid for the U.S. presidency, but she was Secretary of State four years under Barack Obama.  Remember that clip where Hillary joked about getting her marching orders from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)?  Remember her cackling, “We came, we saw, he died” regarding Gadhafi?   The U.S. State Department, the Secretary of State and all those ambassadors can achieve an awful lot while we’re busy watching the latest installment of the Punch & Judy show.  Donald Trump was indicted!  Oh no!  Oh dear!

                 It would be interesting to dig into some of these banking/finance/political/industry dynasties to see where the offspring are today.  Since the death of David Rockefeller at the age of 101, is there another Rockefeller being groomed for an important task?  One cannot discount the females of dynasty, but they are unlikely to be trained for those jobs deemed most crucial to the agenda. 

                The Rothschild family rose to prominence when Mayer Amschel Rothschild established his banking business in the 1760s.  You’ll find them when you research the Napoleonic wars or want to learn who funded Cecil Rhodes for his “great work” in the creation of Rhodesia (now South Africa.)  There has been family division in areas Jewish identity and Zionism, but the Knesset building, and the Supreme Court of Israel were gifts from the Rothschild family.

                What Rothschilds may have a key role to play in the future?  James Rothschild is an investment banker whose net worth exceeds $1.3 billion.  A few years ago, he married Niki Hilton, a socialite, Hilton hotel heiress and younger sister of the “celebutante” Paris Hilton.  Niki keeps James in the spotlight.  Is this serving a “higher” purpose?

                David Mayer de Rothschild is 44 years old with an estimated wealth of around $10 billion.  His fame comes from his many adventures, his polar and tropical expeditions and his environmentalism.  He recently had lunch with Council on Foreign Relations member Angelina Jolie which sparked rumors that they might be more than friends.  I think they were talking about green and sustainable things over a platter of roasted crickets.


                Family fortunes, even the greatest, wane over time.  Old revered families fade away and new dynasties are created, but as Alan said in this talk, “This has always been with us, this same system, because money is money. It’s doesn’t matter as I say what type it is. It’s run by the same people in all types and all forms.” 




                Let’s back up to Samuel Pisar.  Per Webb’s article, in the early 1970s he told the U.S. congress that the world was moving “toward a single, unified world economy, in disregard of national frontiers, and even ideological boundaries.” He stated that “all conventional tools of national policy, it seems to me, are rapidly becoming anachronistic [as] the State itself, even a strong one, [..] is no longer a defendable economic entity.”

                Pisar was the stepfather of the current U.S. Secretary of State and CFR member, Antony Blinken.  During the Clinton administration, Antony Blinken served in the State Department and had several important appointments in the National Security Council.  He advocated the 2003 invasion of Iraq and helped shaped U.S. policy on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the nuclear program of Iran.  Antony Blinken’s father was Donald M. Blinken, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Hungary and was a CFR member.  Donald Mayer Blinken was also a co-founder of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm.  A co-founder was Eric Warburg of THE Warburg banking family.  Blinken's uncle, Alan Blinken, served as the U.S. ambassador to Belgium and was a CFR member. His paternal grandfather, Maurice Henry Blinken, was an early backer of Israel who studied its economic viability.  Antony Blinken is a fortunate son.


                Oh, lest I forget!  Jamie Dimon is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR.)   


Jamie Dimon is a Fortunate Son!



© Not Sure


Additional reading:


The Rise of Jamie Dimon

JPMorgan Is Trying to Sue Its Way Out of an Epstein Connection

Is Jamie Dimon the most powerful person in finance?