Posted on May 26th, 2008 at 12:44 pm by :(
Sen. Prescott Bush R-Conn. Shares his grandson’s beak nose.
In the early 30′s as America was reeling from the Great Depression, the Fascist parties in Italy and Germany were consolidating power. One of the central goals of these well-dressed regimes was the creation of a corporate state. This system of muscular economic reform appealed to some of the wealthiest businessmen in the US who saw fascism as a way out of the Depression. They inherently opposed Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his New Deal which used bold Government programs to create opportunity for the struggling masses instead of relying completely on private business (which had just proven to be in dire need of checks and balances).
This group of wealthy men and Wall Street corporations went so far as to organize a coo against FDR in 1934. Prescott Sheldon Bush, the grandfather of sitting President, George W Bush was one of these men. A regime styled after a fascist dictatorship was planned. They had the money, the will and the connections. They only lacked the manpower to carry it out. US National Archives documents of a House Committee on un-American Activities reveal how this plot was exposed at the last minute by a man on the inside.
Major-General Smedley Butler, a 33-year Marine Corps veteran was the key to the plan, the man who could rally 500,000 disgruntled, out of work veterans who would be the muscle. Like the private armies of Hitler and Mussolini, these troops would have been more than enough to take on any standing army the US had at the time. But good Smedley had only gone along with it long enough to blow the whistle on the whole lot.
No one was prosecuted for treason, instead deals were cut. After-all, FDR would not have been able to pass his New Deal and enact such monumental reforms with resistance from American industrialists and all the power of Wall Street. The information was buried and names were largely censored out.
Almost a decade later, in 1942, the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) was seized by the Federal government under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Exposed in funding Hitler’s rise to power, UBC was connected to a whole network of companies that profited from bankrolling the National Socialist Party. Prescott Bush was one of UBC’s directors. Again, none of the American businessmen were prosecuted, but this time, the documents are apparently uncensored at the National Archives.
This Memorial day, George Bush’s recent comments to the Israeli parliament about appeasement seem a touch absurd. There’s just a wee bit of irony in the seeds of the Bush family fortune. Bankrolling the most fascist, criminal regime in human history put Prescott and the Bush family on the map. For Bush, it was on to the Senate and the founding of a dynasty that would continue to usurp American democracy for 3 generations.
While this writer’s proud Grandfather was fighting Hitler’s fascist goons (Patton’s 3rd Army, 16th armored infantry) George Bush’s grandfather was writing them checks. Making appeasement analogies when you’re a Bush takes real balls! And zero morality. And dumbfuckedness. But he knows he can get away with it.