Christopher Jon Bjerknes
Henry Morgenthau III wrote in his book Mostly Morgenthaus: A Family History,
"On the one hand, he held that he had earned recognition as a full-fledged American. On the other, he believed that he represented a rightful Jewish communal demand for recognition in a pluralistic, democratic society. Furthermore, he expected the Jews to support him as their candidate for honors. Like other German Jews who had succeeded in the United States, he relied on the support of his Jewish peers. There was indeed an active underground network crisscrossing political and regional lines which made concerted demands in behalf of Jewish special interests. [***] Early in 1912, before the Democratic Convention, with the odds heavily stacked against Wilson, Morgenthau made good on his pledge to contribute five thousand dollars a month for four months. That support placed him securely in the ranks of major contributors. It was the kind of grand gesture that attracted attention. But Morgenthau was not only self-interested. He was a truly generous man. As early as 1903, Felix Adler, founder of the Society for Ethical Culture, acknowledged his gift of five thousand dollars to the building fund, expressing the hope that the cause of the society, 'which appealed to you so strongly in the idealistic period of youth, may never entirely lose your sympathy and your support.' A year later Morgenthau had contributed five thousand dollars to Rabbi Stephen S. Wise's Free Synagogue. He then made this sum an annual subvention. Indeed he appears to have contributed five thousand dollars to all those causes that were important to him. At this time Morgenthau was very much influenced by his good friend Wise, a man of noble and determined convictions. Justine Wise Polier, the rabbi's late daughter, once recalled a moment when 'Mrs. Morgenthau was very cross complaining that Wise had 'gotten Henry to waste five thousand dollars on Woodrow Wilson.'' [***] The day after Wilson was elected president, Morgenthau was among a select group of his supporters who sat down for an early lunch in Princeton, at the Wilson home on Cleveland Lane. Morgenthau expected to be rewarded along with other veterans of the campaign, like McAdoo, who became secretary of the treasury, and Josephus Daniels, the North Carolina journalist, who became secretary of the navy. He wanted a policymaking job concerned with finance or commerce, preferably a cabinet rank. Not only had he paid his dues, as he saw it, but he had the personal qualifications. He had completed his basic training in the law, succeeded in business, and served the public interest in New York. There was also that matter of Jewish representation. While he resented being categorized as a Jew, he also demanded what he considered appropriate recognition of 'our People.' In this respect, he saw himself as the Democratic equivalent of Oscar Straus. On that premise he believed he should be made secretary of commerce or perhaps the Treasury. After the election he listened anxiously to the gossip being bruited about among his peers and in the press about impending presidential appointments. It was well known that Louis D. Brandeis was favored for the Jewish cabinet post: attorney general or secretary of commerce. But when Wilson learned that there was bitter opposition to Brandeis from business interests, who had gotten through to the Massachusetts congressional delegation (Brandeis's home state), he decided not to risk Senate confirmation. [***] Having decided to turn down the president's offer, Morgenthau called on Wilson to discuss it. 'The two posts that demand the greatest intellectual equipment in our representatives are Turkey and China,' the president told him. 'If that is the situation I should much prefer China, although it is only a ministership,' Morgenthau replied. He argued thatthe Jews of this country have become very sensitive (and I think properly so) over the impression which has been created by successive Jewish appointments to Turkey, that that is the only diplomatic post to which a Jew can aspire. All the Jews that I have consulted about your offer have advised and urged me to decline it. Oscar Straus has been criticized by some of his co-religionists for accepting a second and even a third appointment to Constantinople. I don't mind criticism, but I share the feeling of other Jews that it is unwise to confirm that this is the only field for them in diplomatic service.
The president's reply 'was aggressive in manner and almost angry in tone' and quite insensitive to Morgenthau's position. He stated thatin the first place, Constantinople is the point at which the interest of American Jews in the welfare of the Jews of Palestine is focused, and it is almost indispensable that I have a Jew at that post. On the other hand, our interests in China are expressed largely in the form of missionary activities, and it seems quite necessary that our minister there should be a Christian, and preferably a man of the evangelical type.
Wise harbored no doubts that the U.S. diplomatic mission should be maintained as a Jewish outpost. Wilson thought of it as an opportunity—Wise as a necessity—for a Jewish ambassador to serve the interests of his people. The Wise persuasion took effect speedily. Following their rendezvous in Lyons, Morgenthau wrote to Wise, who was by then in England, that he would be willing to reconsider the president's original offer when he returned to the United States in September, if it was still open. That was not soon enough for Wise, who seized upon the letter as a signal to take matters into his own hands."--H. Morgenthau III, Mostly Morgenthaus: A Family History, Ticknor & Fields, New York, (1991), pp. 98-99, 101-103, 107.
We learn from this that the American Ambassadorship to the Turkish Empire was considered a "Jewish outpost" meant to serve Zionist interests in Palestine, not the interests of the United States or Turkey. Brandeis, Wise, and Wilson were each fanatical Zionists.
The Illinois US Senate seat appears destined to become a "banker's seat". It was once occupied by the prominent banker, and son of a prominent banker, Peter Gosselin Fitzgerald, who retired from the seat only to have it filled by Barack Obama, our President, who has since stolen trillions of dollars from the US taxpayer and handed it over to bankers. Obama's road to the Senate and White House was paved with bankers, including Jack Ryan and Blair Hull, as well as Goldman Sachs, and many others.
After enormous pressure has been placed on Roland Burris by the media and others, Barack Obama's friend Alexi Giannoulias, who is a prominent banker, and the son of a prominent banker, will likely take this Senate seat.
As Treasurer of Illinois, Alexi Giannoulias had a preference for Israeli bonds over US bonds: