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Guess what? This conspiracy theory post is not about Trump, and like the C post on the Church Committee, it is really real.
Image: By Margaret Suckley [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Let's go back to 1933. Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt defeated republican Herbert Hoover to become the 32nd President of the US during the Great Depression.
Sing it, y'all! The sun will come out, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there'll be--
Lots of work to do! In his first 100 days in office, Roosevelt was on fire, starting programs like The New Deal to give the unemployed jobs, stimulate economic growth, and regulate Wall Street, banks, and transportation. (Wikipedia)
That last bit really teed off a bunch of "wealthy businessmen that allegedly included the heads of Chase Bank, GM, Goodyear, Standard Oil, the DuPont family," and a senator from Connecticut. Bet your bottom dollar that all these boys were far-right republicans. (Source)
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What's a rich bank and/or oil magnate to do? Eureka! Overthrow the government and install a dictatorship. (And to think, these guys had this plan the same year Hitler was appointed as Germany's chancellor, which would become a dictatorship by late March. Did Adolf's coup inspire them?)
Luckily, this plan never got past the planning stages. The group chose Marine Corps Major General Smedly Butler to lead the coup. Problem? This guy supported FDR in the election. D'oh!
Smedly ratted them out to a congressional committee, the conspirators said, "Oh no we didn't!", and no one was brought up on criminal charges. The end. Or was it?
Image: Prescott Bush, By USGov [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
That connecticut senator, a fellow named Prescott Bush, would see both his son, George Herbert Walker Bush, AND grandson, George W. Bush, became presidents of the US.
Tomorrow! Tomorrow! There's always, tomorrow! (Prescott must have loved this song.)
Image: Zooey, Sign of the Times
What the is key foreign policy event is associated with George H.W. Bush's presidency? The Gulf War
For George W. Bush? The War of Terror with invasions into Iraq and Afghanistan
And the conspiracy continues...
Are you surprised that Prescott Bush would be associated with a fascist coup? Did either (or both) of the Bush presidencies contain elements of fascism in your opinion?