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Smedley Butler Stopped American Fascist Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR
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Their aim was to put an end to "Socialist New Deal."



United States Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler exposed their conspiracy.
The treason was chronicled by the great Dave Emory in this interview with author Jules Archer.
For more, the BBC's "Document" program did an excellent report.

Gen. Butler's good work is seldom mentioned in high school history --
which is about the extent of most American citizen's knowledge of their nation's past.

You almost never read that Butler received two Medals of Honor for his gallantry
during war, which he called a "racket."

Oh well, DU. It's just another fascist conspiracy at play.



The Plot to Sieze the White House

by Jules Archer

Hawthorn Books: New York
244 pp.

Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-1940) blew the whistle on the little- known plot of the title. He was on public television the fall of 1993 in "The Road to Rock Bottom"--Part 2 of The Great Depression series (Blackside production). Near the end it shows Butler in shirtsleeves, urging on 10,000 of the war veterans who had marched to Washington and camped in Anacostia DC. It was July 1932. The Bonus Army asked for early payment of moneys promised for 1945. "Some were the same men who had fought under Smedley Butler in the Spanish-American War, the Philippines campaign, the Boxer Rebellion, ...Caribbean interventions, the Chinese intervention of 1927-8, and World War I" (p 3).

Butler, a major general at 48, retired from the Marine Corps in 1931. He had faced gunfire 120 times. Columnist Will Rogers wrote of Butler, "He is what I would call a natural born warrior. He will fight anybody, any time....He carries every medal we ever gave out. He has two Congressional Medals of Honor....You give him another war and he will get him another one....I do admire him" (p 116).

Except the two years in China, Butler spent the last third of his service in police work and administration. During this time a disillusion with war spread through Europe and America. The mood fed on books like ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT and MERCHANTS OF DEATH.

August 21, 1931, Butler spoke to an American Legion convention in New Britain CT. Looking back, he reflected on his career. His remarks stunned the audience. Few papers dared report even part of the speech:

"I spent 33 years...being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism....

"I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1916. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street....

"In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested....I had...a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions....I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three cities. The Marines operated on three continents..." (p 118).

CONTINUED...

http://www.eclectica.org/v1n1/reviews/wharton_plot.html



The story of how Gen Smedley Butler exposed an American Fascist conspiracy to overthrow FDR NEVER GETS MENTIONED in the contemporary college curriculum or what passes for journalism, nor historic context on the nightly news, either.

And that is a shame.

Those Democrats -- and pukes and pindependents -- who give a damn about democracy will see that his story is told, which is why DU is so important. This place spreads the Truth about the fascist bastards, whose sons and grandsons, and those of their cronies continue to haunt America.

To those who stand in the way of its message: Go to hell.
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  -Smedley Butler Stopped American Fascist Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR Octafish  Jul-25-09 05:37 PM   #0 
  - Smedley Butler was one of America's greatest patriots  MrScorpio   Jul-25-09 05:39 PM   #1 
  - That's why the Wall Street fascists chose him.  Octafish   Jul-25-09 05:58 PM   #6 
     - Wow, why am I not surprised that Al Smith and John Raskob were involved?  Odin2005   Jul-25-09 08:13 PM   #24 
     - Wasn't Prescott Bush also among them?  bobbolink   Jul-25-09 08:51 PM   #31 
     - Prescott Bush, Goodyear Tire, Heinz, DuPont, Birds' Eye, Maxwell House...  troubledamerican   Jul-25-09 09:00 PM   #34 
     - Prescott was central to the plot - he was chosen to be the chief liaison with Hitler's Germany  leveymg   Jul-26-09 07:29 AM   #53 
        - There's another side to this story - how Allen Dulles and friends moved Nazi gold out of Europe  leveymg   Jul-26-09 07:50 AM   #55 
        - Dr. Mengele financed operations with illegal drugs from his South American redoubt  Octafish   Jul-26-09 10:12 AM   #63 
           - I think you and Leveymg should collaborate on a book  bear425   Jul-26-09 11:45 AM   #70 
           - And an honor and pleasure  leveymg   Jul-26-09 12:34 PM   #77 
        - Had dinner last year w Edwin Black, author of "IBM and the Holocaust"  mod mom   Jul-26-09 10:07 AM   #61 
           - They've been trying ever since to control America's economy through deregulation of their activities  bjobotts   Jul-26-09 02:08 PM   #84 
           - Using an army of lobbyists rather than marines and dollars rather than guns to make a fascist corpo  bjobotts   Jul-26-09 02:09 PM   #85 
           - Wow! What was Mr. Black like?  Octafish   Jul-27-09 07:02 PM   #103 
     - Yep. nt  anonymous171   Jul-26-09 01:44 AM   #46 
  - K&R (note: Seize not Sieze) nt  valerief   Jul-25-09 05:41 PM   #2 
  - My bad! LOL! It's from the original source...  Octafish   Jul-25-09 06:01 PM   #7 
  - Not much of a warrior, tho.....  Bigmack   Jul-25-09 05:43 PM   #3 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jul-25-09 06:08 PM   #8 
  - most of those awards were for killing brown folks  Thothmes   Jul-25-09 06:24 PM   #12 
  - That why he wrote... War is a Racket....  Bigmack   Jul-25-09 08:25 PM   #26 
  - He was actually nominated for the medal of honor three times!  cascadiance   Jul-26-09 02:04 AM   #49 
  - K&R  redqueen   Jul-25-09 05:52 PM   #4 
  - Gen. Butler was a real maverick.  Octafish   Jul-25-09 06:14 PM   #9 
     - A true Hero, indeed.  redqueen   Jul-25-09 06:37 PM   #13 
     - Wait, they fired him because he insulted Benito fucking Mussolini?  anonymous171   Jul-26-09 01:46 AM   #47 
  - The real heroes rarely make it into the history books. Thank you for your service Octafish  glitch   Jul-25-09 05:57 PM   #5 
  - You're welcome, glitch. The Nuevo Reich wants to bury the lessons of the past...  Octafish   Jul-25-09 06:20 PM   #11 
  - I am reminded of a quote:  Odin2005   Jul-25-09 08:19 PM   #25 
  - A man who is entirely, unforgivably too obscure  Posteritatis   Jul-25-09 06:18 PM   #10 
  - What would the students say when they learned about Butler?  Octafish   Jul-25-09 07:32 PM   #18 
  - Well, they were freshman classes, so the bar was set with a shovel  Posteritatis   Jul-25-09 08:26 PM   #27 
  - I have political science professors who have not heard of Smedley Butler.  OnyxCollie   Jul-25-09 11:29 PM   #40 
  - college history and Butler  blackbird13   Jul-27-09 08:49 AM   #96 
  - K&R....and don't forget the involvement of George W Bush's grandfather...  AntiFascist   Jul-25-09 07:12 PM   #14 
  - Watch this BBC documentary on Prescott Bush's involvement in this...  cascadiance   Jul-25-09 07:22 PM   #16 
  - Prescott Bush also helped bring Nixon into power...  AntiFascist   Jul-25-09 07:36 PM   #20 
  - J Edgar Hoover ''watched'' over Butler.  Octafish   Jul-25-09 07:55 PM   #22 
  - This explains much about the earliest connections between...  AntiFascist   Jul-25-09 08:31 PM   #28 
  - Thanks! I knew Prescott Bush was in there somewhere.....  bobbolink   Jul-25-09 08:55 PM   #32 
  - K&R  Uzybone   Jul-25-09 07:14 PM   #15 
  - As Thom Hartmann would note this is a symptom of our textbooks being censored by Texas school system  cascadiance   Jul-25-09 07:36 PM   #19 
  - some of my older family would note that Texas Republicans  Bluenorthwest   Jul-26-09 07:41 AM   #54 
  - Reminds me of when Republicans complain about "rewriting history."  Beartracks   Jul-26-09 12:58 AM   #44 
  - K&R  conscious evolution   Jul-25-09 07:28 PM   #17 
  - "War is a Racket" is required reading.  Naturyl   Jul-25-09 07:40 PM   #21 
  - That's something they will never teach you in history class  Odin2005   Jul-25-09 08:10 PM   #23 
  - Thank you for all you do to shine a light on scrubbed history.  bleever   Jul-25-09 08:45 PM   #29 
  - The Plot To Overthrow FDR -- dvd  bobbolink   Jul-25-09 08:49 PM   #30 
  - Butler rocks  ellie   Jul-25-09 08:57 PM   #33 
  - K&R. JFK could have done with a few Butlers on his Secrete Service detail! n/t  ControlledDemolition   Jul-25-09 09:17 PM   #35 
  - Oh yeah.  Octafish   Jul-27-09 07:08 PM   #104 
  - K&R. nt  OnyxCollie   Jul-25-09 09:17 PM   #36 
  - I wonder who our next Smedley Butler is going to be?  santamargarita   Jul-25-09 09:32 PM   #37 
  - Perhaps they were afraid Pat Tillman would have been one...  cascadiance   Jul-25-09 09:45 PM   #39 
  - He or she knows they are being watched.  Octafish   Jul-26-09 09:55 AM   #60 
  - If they'd succeeded, I wonder who's side we would've been on in WW2?  Marr   Jul-25-09 09:36 PM   #38 
  - And what if Al Smith had become president instead of FDR?  Jim Sagle   Jul-26-09 03:11 PM   #86 
  - My grandparents knew Smedley Butler.  begin_within   Jul-25-09 11:36 PM   #41 
  - Don't ever throw out the letters whether or not there are any between your parents and Butler.  peacetalksforall   Jul-26-09 09:48 AM   #57 
     - You're so right. My stepmother threw out a lot of my stuff,  begin_within   Jul-26-09 11:16 AM   #69 
  - Rest in peace wherever you are Smedley Butler  sasquatch   Jul-26-09 12:19 AM   #42 
  - Great report Octafish  MagickMuffin   Jul-26-09 12:27 AM   #43 
  - Smedley Butler, Meet John Perkins  Octafish   Jul-27-09 07:24 PM   #106 
  - K&R nt  Mithreal   Jul-26-09 01:38 AM   #45 
  - Fucking republicans are preaching the same exact socialism bullshit about Public Option health care.  LaPera   Jul-26-09 01:55 AM   #48 
  - I'm glad you pointed this out,  Greyhound   Jul-26-09 02:31 AM   #50 
  - Thanks for reminding me, Greyhound...  Octafish   Jul-26-09 09:50 AM   #59 
  - To answer your question, NO.  bobbolink   Jul-26-09 06:17 PM   #91 
  - Perfect n/t k*r  autorank   Jul-26-09 03:37 AM   #51 
  - I always amazes me that people think the US treats it soldiers and vetrans well.  geckosfeet   Jul-26-09 07:28 AM   #52 
  - Interesting aside, there. (nt)  redqueen   Jul-26-09 09:39 AM   #56 
  - I'm curious. How has the History Chanel covered Butler. Honestly, sufficiently, barely?  peacetalksforall   Jul-26-09 09:49 AM   #58 
  - Barely, AFAIK.  onager   Jul-26-09 10:51 AM   #65 
  - Thanks for the background, the lead to the miniseries, and the autobio.  peacetalksforall   Jul-26-09 11:45 AM   #71 
  - Side proposal or request. Since you have taught and since you have been in Egypt  peacetalksforall   Jul-26-09 01:00 PM   #79 
     - I don't really know much about the education nowadays.  onager   Jul-26-09 01:25 PM   #80 
  - I would say barely at best  Libertas1776   Jul-26-09 05:34 PM   #89 
  - Please watch THE PLOT TO OVERTHROW FDR  bobbolink   Jul-26-09 06:21 PM   #94 
  - As I wrote upthread.... DVD--THE PLOT TO OVERTHROW FDR  bobbolink   Jul-26-09 06:20 PM   #93 
  - This would make a great movie!  rucky   Jul-26-09 10:09 AM   #62 
  - It has been made into a (TV) movie.  onager   Jul-26-09 10:52 AM   #66 
  - Butler a credit. North a disgrace to the marines. Which one got famous?  RedCloud   Jul-26-09 10:14 AM   #64 
  - The conspirators, INCLUDING PRESCOTT BUSH, should have been executed.  kestrel91316   Jul-26-09 10:55 AM   #67 
  - And perhaps by doing so spared us of the mess we had for the last 8 years to boot!  cascadiance   Jul-26-09 06:13 PM   #90 
  - Congress buried the whole thing, nobody was even prosecuted.  Greyhound   Jul-27-09 12:48 PM   #100 
  - Hello, Octafish!  XanaDUer   Jul-26-09 11:12 AM   #68 
  - Good story, good message  govegan   Jul-26-09 12:04 PM   #72 
  - not so unusual, FDR himself considered a dictatorship  Hamlette   Jul-26-09 12:12 PM   #73 
  - Dr. my eyes  HiyaEmerald Eyes   Jul-26-09 12:15 PM   #74 
  - Many thanks, Octafish, for posting this. We can get the word out even if the textbooks  bertman   Jul-26-09 12:17 PM   #75 
  - You're welcome, bertman. Credit goes to DU and all good DUers who give a damn about Democracy.  Octafish   Jul-27-09 07:17 PM   #105 
  - Thanks for keeping this story alive. The BBC program is a must see for all DU'ers.  David Zephyr   Jul-26-09 12:33 PM   #76 
  - We should lobby Free Speech TV or Link TV to carry it...  cascadiance   Jul-26-09 06:19 PM   #92 
  - ...temporarily. nt  tomp   Jul-26-09 12:38 PM   #78 
  - K & R  swilton   Jul-26-09 01:31 PM   #81 
  - This has got to be worth bookmarking....  lyonn   Jul-26-09 01:49 PM   #82 
  - I learned about it in a goddamned *game* book.  Orsino   Jul-26-09 01:56 PM   #83 
  - K&R good one...exposes/reminds us of Mil indust complex  opihimoimoi   Jul-26-09 03:18 PM   #87 
  - the greatest heroes of American (and probably everybody else's) history are ignored or erased by  yurbud   Jul-26-09 05:30 PM   #88 
  - Here is the 43-minute video!  bobbolink   Jul-26-09 06:31 PM   #95 
  - It's amazing how so many today mock the notion of such elements diligently at work behind the scenes  Echo In Light   Jul-27-09 08:53 AM   #97 
  - General Smedley Butler would have made a great DU member  formercia   Jul-27-09 09:00 AM   #98 
  - bttt!  Karenina   Jul-27-09 12:03 PM   #99 
  - so, they make this academy award movie about Patton  newspeak   Jul-27-09 02:07 PM   #101 
     - A crying shame, it is. (nt)  redqueen   Jul-27-09 05:48 PM   #102 
 

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