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Goes all the way back to 1923.


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"For seven stormy months Major General Edwin A. ("Ted") Walker, 51, has stood in the center of a controversy about the role that military leaders may properly play in commenting on public affairs. Last week Walker resigned from the U.S. Army—and added to the argument.

The fuss began last April, when Walker was the commanding officer of the 24th Infantry Division in West Germany. Walker was accused by the Overseas Weekly, an independent, American-owned newspaper, of indoctrinating his troops with the far-right tenets of the John Birch Society. In addition, the paper charged that Walker had once publicly stated that former President Harry Truman was "definitely pink," and had pinned the leftist label on Mrs. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, former Secretary of State Dean Acheson and U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson."


"Rockefeller is one of that little group of men who sit at the financial hub of the world's wealthiest nation and by their nods give the stop or go sign to enterprises from Bonn to Bangkok. They wield vast powers—and yet must correctly size up situations around the world and reckon on economic and social changes bigger than their own power to control. They cannot sit still or their strength diminishes; but when they move, they must be nimble as well as sure."


"A Senate subcommittee wanted to question Texas Oil Millionaire H. L. Hunt, 71, possibly the biggest of the Big Rich, and a man far to the right of McKinley. There were reports that he had put up the money to distribute 102,000 copies to Protestant clergymen around the nation of a violently anti-Catholic, anti-Kennedy sermon by Dallas Baptist Minister W. A. Criswell, who has the biggest white Baptist congregation in the U.S. (It is illegal to distribute a political tract without identifying the source.)"


"Dallas was shocked. Wrote the Dallas Times Herald in a Page One editorial: "Dallas has been disgraced. There is no other way to view the storm-trooper actions of last night's frightening attack on Adlai Stevenson." Texas Governor John Connally called the affair "an affront to common courtesy and decency." And Mayor Earle Cabell pointed out that the demonstrators were "not our kind of folks."


"And now, Mr. President," continued General Butler, "I ask you to fill the vacancy which has just occurred in your Cabinet by appointing me Secretary of State." It took Mr. Roosevelt less than a minute to sign the commission. "Let it be understood," the new Secretary of State told the President, "that henceforth I will act as the nation's executive. You may continue to live here at the White House and draw your salary but you will do and say only what I tell you. If not, you and Vice President Garner will be dealt with as I think best. In that event, as Secretary of State, I shall succeed to the Presidency, as provided by law." The President nodded assent and the U. S. became a Fascist State. Such was the nightmarish page of future U. S. history pictured last week in Manhattan by General Butler himself to the special House Committee investigating Un-American Activities."

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nice toy, 'cept the last link won't play. Comes up blank from here, just the heading. Can you post the contents please?

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nice toy, 'cept the last link won't play. Comes up blank from here, just the heading. Can you post the contents please?

Never mind, I found a workaround by using part of the text to search and came up with another link to the same archive that gave the article in full.


some background to the article in Time magazine:

Wiki: "On July 17, 1932, thousands of World War I veterans converged on Washington, D.C., set up tent camps, and demanded immediate payment of bonuses promised in 1925 under the Adjusted Service Certificate Law of 1924. They were called the Bonus Army and were led by Walter W. Waters, a former Army sergeant, and encouraged by an appearance from retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, who had considerable influence over the veterans, being one of the most popular military figures of the time. Eleven days later the camps were cleared by US Army cavalry troops sent by Herbert Hoover under the command of General Douglas MacArthur."

Year Date Event

1933 July 1 First Butler meeting with MacGuire and Doyle [5]

July 3 or 4 Second meeting with MacGuire and Doyle[6]

Around August 1 MacGuire visits Butler alone.[7] Butler never sees Doyle again.

September 24 [4] [8] MacGuire visits Butler's hotel room in Newark. [9]

Late-September Butler meets with Robert Clark. [10]

1934 First half of 1934 MacGuire travels to Europe, sends Butler postcards [11]

March 6 MacGuire writes Clark and Clark's attorney letter describing the Croix de Feu[12]

August 22 Butler meets MacGuire at a Hotel. Last time Butler meets MacGuire [5]

September 13 Undercover reporter French meets MacGuire in his office[13]

Late September Butler tells Van Zandt that conspirators will meet him at upcoming Veterans of Foreign Wars convention.

November 20 Committee begins examining evidence.

Paul Comly French breaks the story in the Philadelphia Record and the New York Post.[6]

November 21 New York Times writes its first article on the story.

November 24 The committee publicly releases its preliminary findings.[14]

1935 January 3 Final day of committee[7]

January 29 Spivak publishes first of two articles in Communist magazine, arguing plot is part of a Fascist conspiracy of financiers and Jews, to take over USA; he alleges names of big business leaders, reveals deleted portion of congressional committee.


February 15 Committee submits to Congress its final report.[8]"


So presumably the report exists. This is interesting in the context of the numerous bodies that partly coalesced into the isolationist America First Committee. I'd be cautious in drawing any conclusions from this event as it seems to have started as a result of veteran grievances, in the midst of the Great Depression, who did descend in large numbers on Washington to make their grievances known.

Though it is the sort of thing that some people might see as something to exploit.

Thank's Myra for bringing this to attention. America First Committee was really a public facade to events far more complex. The 'hard core'* elements bore little semblance to the 'respectable facade' that many were involved in and that Pearl Harbour (overtly) brought to an end.

* http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.ph...st&p=100466


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