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Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-03-11 08:05 AM
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"The Business Plot". It makes me nervous that I never heard of this:
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Edited on Sat Sep-03-11 08:09 AM by Smarmie Doofus
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>>The Business Plot (also the Plot Against FDR and the White House Putsch) was an alleged political conspiracy in 1933. Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler claimed that wealthy businessmen were plotting to create a fascist veterans' organization and use it in a coup dtat to overthrow United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with Butler as leader of that organization. In 1934 Butler testified to the McCormackDickstein Congressional committee on these claims.<1> In the opinion of the committee, these allegations were credible.<2> No one was prosecuted.

While historians have questioned whether or not a coup was actually close to execution, most agree that some sort of "wild scheme" was contemplated and discussed.<3><4><2><5><6> Contemporaneous media dismissed the plot, with a New York Times editorial characterizing it as a "gigantic hoax".<7> When the committee's final report was released, the Times said the committee "purported to report that a two-month investigation had convinced it that General Butler's story of a fascist march on Washington was alarmingly true" and "It also alleged that definite proof had been found that the much publicized Fascist march on Washington, which was to have been led by Major. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, retired, according to testimony at a hearing, was actually contemplated".<8>>>>>

Embarassed also. ( I'm a History guy... or thought I was... and am supposed to know this stuff. ) But mostly nervous.


I was watching a youtube video of a Gore Vidal interview from circa 2000 in which he casually dropped the name "Smedley Butler".

One thing led to another and.....I'm significantly less ignorant today.


I thought McCormack was just that *really* old guy that was Speaker of the House during Kennedy-Johnson.


Sheeeezzz. So what else have I been kept in the dark about? That's the source of my nervousness.

Go easy, now. My bp meds are low.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot



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