I served in all commissioned ranks from second lieutenant to Major General. And during that period I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of the racket all the time. Now I am sure of it.
— Major Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940) was a highly decorated Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps.