HERO: Smedley Butler

As we now can sit back and see our liberties signed away as the NWO becomes real in Cophenhagen, let´s throw a look back in time to when the US truly was a great nation and breeding ground for heroes, great inventors and thinkers.  Here´s one…

Taken from wikipedia

Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940), nicknamedThe Fighting Quaker” and “Old Gimlet Eye“, was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death was the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.

During his 34 years of Marine Corps service, Butler was awarded numerous medals for heroism including the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor twice. Notably, he is one of only 19 people to be twice awarded the Medal of Honor, one of only three to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor, and the only person to be awarded a Marine Corps Brevet Medal and a Medal of Honor for two different actions.

In addition to his military career, Smedley Butler was noted for his outspoken anti-interventionist views, and his book War is a Racket. His book was one of the first describing the workings of the military-industrial complex, and after retiring from service, he became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veteranspacifists and church groups in the 1930s.

In 1934, he alleged to the United States Congress that a group of wealthy industrialists had plotted a military coup known as the Business Plot to overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The allegations were controversial.[1][2][3][4][5]

Speaking and writing career and Anti-War activity

After his retirement from the Marines in 1931, Butler took up a lucrative career on the lecture circuit. He was also part of a commission established by OregonGovernor Julius L. Meier which helped form the Oregon State Police.[23] In 1932, he ran for the U.S. Senate in the Republican primary in Pennsylvania, allied with Gifford Pinchot, but was defeated by Senator James J. Davis.[24]

Claims of the Business Plot

The Business Plot was a political conspiracy which involved wealthy businessmen plotting a coup d’état to overthrow United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1934, Butler came forward and testified to the McCormack-Dickstein Congressional committee that a group of wealthy pro-Fascist industrialists had been plotting to overthrow the government and had approached him to lead it.[5]

In March 1934, the House of Representatives authorized investigations into “un-American” activities by a special committee headed by John W. McCormack of Massachusetts and Samuel Dickstein of New York. The McCormack-Dickstein Committee investigated Smedley Butler’s allegations as well as a number of other high profile topics of the era. In the opinion of the committee these allegations were credible. One of the purported plotters, Gerald MacGuire, vehemently denied any such plot. In their report, the Congressional committee stated that it was able to confirm Butler’s statements other than the proposal from MacGuire which it considered more or less confirmed by MacGuire’s European reports.[27] However, no prosecutions or further investigations followed and some historians have questioned whether or not a coup was actually close to execution, although most agree that some sort of “wild scheme” was contemplated and discussed.[1][2][28][29][30] Media initially dismissed the plot, with a The New York Times editorial characterizing it as a “gigantic hoax;”[4] When the committee’s final report was released, the Timessaid 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”.[3]

The McCormack-Dickstein Committee, which was a precursor to the House Un-American Activities Committee, confirmed some of Butler’s accusations in its final report stating:

“In the last few weeks of the committee’s official life it received evidence showing that certain persons had made an attempt to establish a fascist organization in this country…There is no question that these attempts were discussed, were planned, and might have been placed in execution when and if the financial backers deemed it expedient.”[31]

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