Yes, this is a story about 'boodling', a U.S. slang word that seems to have fallen out of favor, but which aptly describes our own investigation which picks up from the work of the original 'muckrakers' - which is what U.S. investigative "citizen reporters" were once called because they unearthed the "muck" that 'polite society' did not want to reveal. It is all about bribery to gain political license to steal: legally!
You can't understand the story of Radio Caroline until you understand the story that laid the foundation for its creation, and the real reason why it was created.
Forget pop music, and forget all of the silly stories that hack writers have fed you (for money), because none of that explains how and why Radio Caroline was created, but we will.
If you are wondering about the the constant flow of news stories about the seemingly wild and unsubstantiated claims by President Donald Trump that the Election of 2020 was stolen by people working to elect Joe Biden, then look no further than here. That story and the story of Radio Caroline are all about 'boodling', and we will offer the proof that everyone in mass media tries to brush aside and pretend that it does not exist.
That proof exists because 'boodling' exists, and as you can see from the definition above, 'boodling' first pops up in the U.S press towards the end of the 1800s. That is when electric power and all of the inventions that it spawned also began to pop up, and without electric power there would be no Radio Caroline.
But what gave Radio Caroline its electric power?
What made those generators generate electricity?
Before electricity came the discovery that petroleum could light homes and in so doing replace the use of whale oil. Then it was discovered that petroleum could do more than provide lighting, it could provide power, and along the line of discovery came those generators that powered up the Continental Electronics transmitters that belted out that jingle ....
"Going back in time on the sound of the nation" ....
On August 6, 1887, 'The Spirit of Kansas', a newspaper published in Topeka, explained the meaning of the word 'boodling' in this column:
Before Charles Dickens published 'David Copperfield' as a book, it was released within 19 monthly instalments between May 1849 and November 1850, and consequently the reference above to "Uriah Heeps" (sic) in the text above, is somewhat topical.
It is also interesting to note that "stealing elections" is a very American practice that was (and is) not confined to a few States, nor to a short period of time. Without a stolen election in 1948, Lyndon Baines Johnson may never have become President of the United States following the murder of John F. Kennedy.
But as in the instance of Lyndon B. Johnson, trying to undo a rigged election due to stuffed ballot boxes is difficult to achieve, as President Donald Trump is now discovering to his dismay, because rigged American elections are as American as apple pie. The only major difference between the US electoral system and the UK electoral system is that in the UK the ballot is permanently rigged in favor of its Crown corporation sole. It becomes an issue in the USA due to its written Constitution which is supposed to represent the will of 'The People', and not the will of a reigning monarch.
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