JF Ptak Science Books Post 2598
This document, America First!...Confidential Statement, is a statement on this ostensibly-patriotic but actually loathsome and bilious hate organization--just goes to show that simply using "America" and exclamation marks does not make a patriotic organization. If you chose to read the document you'll see the a bit of the history of the organization, which was founded in 1934. It was pretty much over by 1938 though there were some continued publications past the beginning of WWII. True was arrested in July 1942 on sedition charges, which was more or less the end of the organization and then, after a few years, the end of True himself. He was a vicious opponent of President Franklin Roosevelt, and an absolutely disgusting anti-Semite.
In this piece, seen at left and below and reproduced in full, True attacks Roosevelt as a Communist/Socialist controlled by exterior forces bent on destroying the U.S. economic system. There was no appearance of his hatred of the Jews in this document, though that came in other venues, not the least of which was looking into Roosevelt's "Jewish ancestry". (This ideas was used by other people as well, as with the traitorous Ezra Pound when he made his racist/anti-Semitic radio broadcasts from Italy during the war, denouncing "Franklin Delano Jewsevelt" in addition to much more.)
In the first two paragraphs alone there was a deluge of logical blasphemy such as is difficult to imagine. For example, the principal of the "deluge of administrative propaganda" was no less than the "demoralization and control of American industry", led by Roosevelt as a "controlled socialist" whose "ultimate intention is the destruction of the most successful economic and financial structure the world has ever known". Roosevelt was intent on spreading the "poison" of Fabian socialism, seeding administrative operatives in newspapers, schools, and industry, to "pave the way for Socialist Dictatorship, under which the international combine would own or control everything in the United States". This was to be done by FDR's creation of agencies to control access to information: the NRA, control of wood pulp industry, control advertising via the Pure Food and Drug Act, controlling radio via the FCC, and of course implanting secret agent reporters in news agencies.
And so on and on this document drags its reader--even though it is only four pages long, it makes my eyes and brain feel as though it is forty.
True would be dead by 1946 (buried in an unmarked grave in the beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown D.C., home to some magnificent Tulip Poplars), two years after his trial ended in a mistrial due to the death of the judge. (It is possible that this document was an exhibit in the trial.) It turns out that America First! was replaced by a friend of the organization, two-star general George van Horn Moseley, who offered up his own fanatical and vicious "Americans for Constitutional Action", a vomitous organization hell bent on genetic and ethnic cleansing to rid the U.S. of immigrants and the Jews (who Moseley described as a "syphilis").
I bring this up now because of various noises I hear in the presidential campaigns which are leveraging fear and distrust and hate more so than in any campaign I have seen in my lifetime. The language may be different, but the sentiments are very closely related.