No Fun for the Troops, Big Profits for the Wealthy
“War is a Racket.” This is the title of a book and a speech given by the late Major General Smedley Butler, USMC. Long time readers of Veterans Today have probably heard of him, but despite the fact that he was a two time winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, most history books leaveout his name. Why do they do this?
Perhaps because after a very distinguished career in the Marines, he realized that most of his work in the military was in reality acting as a mob enforcer for the wealthy and their corporations.
Butler also deserves a special spot among America’s great for exposing the plot to stage a military coup and take control of the US government. A coup in the USA? Sounds like something you would expect in some “Banana Republic”, but never here. It would have probably succeeded if not for Butler’s patriotism, the real thing, not what now passes for patriotism.
Who plotted this coup and why? In the summer of 1933, newly elected President Roosevelt was working hard to try to end the great depression. Part of his plan included a redistribution of
wealth to aid the less fortunate. This angered the rich and powerful who had made millions and billions during the depression mostly on the backs of the poorest. (Sounds a bit like today, doesn’t it)
Members of the most wealthy families and corporations joined in a secret plot to overthrow Roosevelt by military force. The families leading the insurrection included the DuPonts, the Morgans, The Goodyears, the Bush family (Yes, that Bush family), General Motors leadership, Chase Bank, and many other of the rich and powerful. They planned to recruit an army of 500,000 retired military to march on the White House and seize control of the government to again make this a safe place for robber barons.
Some of the other conspirators are listed below along with their credentials:
Irenee Du Pont – Right-wing chemical industrialist and founder of the American Liberty League, the organization assigned to execute the 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 bitter political foe from New York. Smith was a former governor of New York and a co-director of the American Liberty League.
John J. Raskob – A high-ranking Du Pont officer and a former chairman of the Democratic Party. 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.
Robert Clark – One of Wall Street’s richest bankers and stockbrokers.