Masons rule America!
Well . . . that's what I was told.
Honestly, people did try to convince me of this back in the early 80s. The Masons were part of an Illuminati elite bent on subjugating the world.
Or maybe it was the other way around: the Illuminati were part of a Masonic elite bent on subjugating the world. Either way, some group behind the scenes was manipulating things to its own advantage.
My interlocutors had proof. They whipped out their wallets and showed me the American dollar with its Great Seal of the United States. I wasn't very impressed by this and dismissed it as mere symbolism.
Turns out, I was wrong. According to McDougall:
The Great Seal of the United States, adopted in 1782, was a Masonic amulet with the now sacred number 13. The obverse depicted thirteen stars, the thirteen letters of E pluribus unum, and an eagle (the highest stage of the soul) with a thirteen-striped shield. The arrows and olive branch in its talons invoked a fighting faith, but one whose purpose was brotherhood. The reverse depicted the all-seeing Eye, the thirteen-letter motto Annuit Coeptis (He favors these undertakings), and the unfinished pyramid of the Novus Ordo Seclorum (New Order of the Ages). (Freedom Just Around the Corner, 331)
And the man who in 1793 guided the procession to the groundbreaking ceremony for the U.S. capitol and led the Masonic ceremony declaring the unity of Freemasonry with the republic "in the thirteenth year of American independence . . . and the year of Masonry, 5793," was none other than George Washington (333).
Okay, so I was wrong about the Great Seal, but so what?
Many of the men on the maternal side of my family were Masons, and I recall one of my uncles performing a beautiful Masonic service at my maternal grandather's graveside after the Baptist minister had ruined the Church's funeral service through issuing an altar call for the benefit of any of those who wished to become Christians now that they had effectively had the hell scared out of them by the presence of death.
So, I don't worry about the Masons.
It's the Ultranomians that concern me because nobody has ever heard of them. Until now.