Yes, the real problem has been and is with the American political leaders who have willingly debased and corrupted the American money system (in order to get votes and be re-elected). And it is the plutocratic rulers who supply much of the money to politicians for them to be re-elected. Tragically, many Americans are obsessed with the nonsense that the US is a republic or democracy. The truth is that it is a plutocracy ruled by the super rich, many of whom are goldsmiths/bankers.
A long read but I found it to be quite interesting.