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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-25-09 05:58 PM
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6. That's why the Wall Street fascists chose him.
People would follow a hero.

General Smedley Butler: an Honest War Hero


Big Business plots to overthrow Roosevelt

In the summer of 1933, shortly after Roosevelt's "First 100 Days," America's richest businessmen were in a panic. It was clear that Roosevelt intended to conduct a massive redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. He had to be stopped at all costs.

Their answer was a military coup. It was to be secretly financed and organized by leading officers of the Morgan and Du Pont empires. This included some of America's richest and most famous names of the time:

    Irenee Du Pont - Right-wing chemical industrialist, founder, American Liberty League, assigned to execute plot.
    Grayson Murphy - Director of Goodyear, Bethlehem Steel and a group of J.P. Morgan banks.
    William Doyle - Former state commander of the American Legion and a central plotter of the coup.
    John Davis - Former Democratic presidential candidate and a senior attorney for J.P. Morgan.
    Al Smith - Roosevelt's political foe, former governor New York, codirector of the American Liberty League.
    John J. Raskob* - A high-ranking Du Pont officer and a former chairman of the Democratic Party.
    Robert Clark - One of Wall Street's richest bankers and stockbrokers.
    Gerald MacGuire - Bond salesman for Clark, former commander of the Connecticut American Legion.
*In later decades, Raskob would become a "Knight of Malta," a Roman Catholic Religious Order with a high percentage of CIA spies, including CIA Directors William Casey, William Colby and John McCone.

The plotters attempted to recruit General Smedley Butler to lead the coup.

They selected him because he was a war hero who was popular with the troops. The plotters felt his good reputation was important to make the troops feel confident that they were doing the right thing by overthrowing a democratically elected president.

However, this was a mistake: Butler was popular with the troops because he identified with them. That is, he was a man of the people, not the elite.


I remember reading, I'm still looking for the quote, how "their" newspapers would convince the people.
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