Friday, April 7, 2017

F is for Fascist Takeover of the US



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)


Image: Tim Kwee


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.)





According to Wikipedia, fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature, and views political violence, war, and imperialism as means that can achieve national rejuvenation.

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? 


 

27 comments:

  1. We swing on a pendulum in the states. We'll all be libs in ten years. Then twenty years in, we will start swinging back. I think we are too cantankerous to be that controlled. I hope.
    The biggest danger is incompetence which is Trump's real problem. What scares me the most are people who think "God" is on their side. That is fanaticism and unhealthy. But things are what they are with humanity.
    I grew up in the South and know the "Big House" mentality. If people can't remember or don't recognize it and keep voting these rascals in, the "Big House" will control unabated.

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  2. I read a quote, I think by Voltaire, that said something like, the person you should fear is the person you're not allowed to criticize. As long as we're allowed to throw verbal rocks at our leaders, I feel safe. Whenever we're told dissension and freedom are the problems- I get scared.

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    1. Um, sorry, but that quote was not Voltaire, it was a neo-Nazi Holocaust denying racist called Kevin Strom, in a very different context. One of our politicians misquoted it and was laughed at.

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    1. I deleted that comment because I had a name wrong. I'll try again:
      Nice point made by Elizabeth Seckman. I was surprised to learn we had a facist plot in the 30s. But in a way, I think that may have lingered in the anti communist scare that gave us McCarthyism. I hadn't thought about the Gulf War being facist, but during the invasion of Iraq, it came out that Rumsfeld and Cheney and several neo conservatives had a plan for "Pax Americana", The Project for the New American Century. That was pretty spooky.

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  4. I don't know anything about Grandpa Bush - interesting.

    Phillip | F is for Found Poetry (and Fauxhio)

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  5. Somebody always trying to overthrow the government! *shakes fist*

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  6. Greed is a strong motivator.

    When Trump was elected, immediately there was this meme about George W Bush popping up, a smirk on his face and a speech bubble saying "and you thought I was an a******!"

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  7. I am a great believer in the saying. . . Never vote for anyone standing for election . . . Here in the UK that means
    local councillors, MPs and even our local village hall committee. The theory being that even if they stand with the best of intentions once in power they somehow go wrong and get all power mad.

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  8. I was so glad to hear this wasn't anti-Trump. I get so tired of them!

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  9. I had heard that about the Bush family (I think in Meachan's biography of G H W Bush. The 30s were troubling times. I'm not sure what would have happened had Huey Long had lived (he was murdered) and he and Upton Sinclair had run (as they'd planned) against Roosevelt in 1936. That could have been a scary ticket, too.

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  10. The West has been moving in that direction for ages, long before the rise of Trump. Hopefully there will be a swing back before a rise of an Orwellian dystopia, but I'm not counting on it...

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  11. Grandpa Bush must have felt great - nice to see the descendants carry on the work.

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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  12. I don't know if I can keep checking here! Depressing on top of depressing.

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  13. I knew there was something to worry about the current state of the US presidency when even Bush had his concerns.
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles - Dragon Diaries

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  14. it's interesting that my autistic brother in law, who is the topic of my blog, had a very simple explanation for why he voted the way he did: (the candidate he voted against) "was mean". Too bad we don't live in a black and white world, but that little tidbit about Prescott Bush is scary indeed.

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  15. Loving the conspiracies. Keep them coming. :)
    Jamie Lyn Weigt | Writing Dragons Blog | AtoZ 2017 - Dragons in Our Fandoms

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  16. Thanks, Tamara! Who would have known that one of the conspiracy theories we which we hear about was actually true? There is a born-to-rule mentality among some folk born with a silver spoon in the mouth. We have some here in Australia too, though I think none of them is competent enough to get such a coup off the ground.

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  17. I wonder if the general competency of the Bush line has dwindled down the generations, or if Grandpa Bush was a memeworthy goofball in his day. Picking an FDR supporter as the leader of his movement would seems to suggest the latter...

    Another great post!

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  18. Interesting! I didn't know about this one. Curious how history always seems to repeat itself, isn't it?

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  20. Not at all surprised. Poppy Bush was a war profiteer, so it stands to reason that his son and grandson would be a-okay with that kind of thing.

    Sharon E. Cathcart
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  21. I'm not surprised at the Fascist plot in the '30s. There was something in the air, which is why it did take hold other places. We were lucky. Then.

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