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  •  Amazing (5+ / 0-)

    I'd never even heard of him before now. We need to make him well known. Wow.
    Thank you for posting this.

    •  Even more important, imho, is that Gen Butler (9+ / 0-)

      blew the whistle on the 1933 Wall Street plot to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt. Because Gen. Butler was such a hugely popular national hero, the Wall Street reactionaries who were willing to organize and finance a military coup against a sitting American President they strongly disliked, approached Gen. Butler and asked him to lead the coup, then be the figurehead dictator while they actually ran the country. Gen. Butler played along through a few meetings, then revealed the plot and the plotters to some leading newspapers of the time.

      There was a Congressional investigation, which basically confirmed the details Gen. Butler revealed, but not much more happened. I have written before that I consider the failure to vigorously investigate and prosecute the Wall Street coup plotters to be the largest, most disastrous mistake Roosevelt ever made. Had the Wall Street plotters been punished, much of the post-war growth of modern conservatism would have been aborted, simply because some of the big funders would have not been on the scene any longer.

      Unfortunately, the new Marine Corps museum at Quantico, Virginia has an exhibit on Gen. Butler, which does not mention the Wall Street plot at all, or the General's crucial role in squashing it.

      A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

      by NBBooks on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:31:08 PM PST

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      •  For that he is one of my heros (2+ / 0-)
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        His opposition to foreign military adventure also should be commended.  

        Under capitalism man exploits man, under communism the roles are reversed.

        by DavidMS on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:24:42 PM PST

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        •  The man was a REAL American hero... (3+ / 0-)
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          and the fact that his name isn't known by every child of school age and beyond is a grave injustice, in my humble opinion.

          "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

          by markthshark on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:45:39 PM PST

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          •  In every sense of the word. (0+ / 0-)

            The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration bestowed...those who recieve it are accorded every honor.  Nine people have been awarded twice.  Gen. Butler is one of them.

            To read more of his writings, and the perspective he gained through his career and retirement, check this out: http://www.ratical.org/...

            "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

            by Bisbonian on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:00:49 PM PST

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      •  No doubt similar to what's happening in the (2+ / 0-)
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        present day . . . .

        I have written before that I consider the failure to vigorously investigate and prosecute the Wall Street coup plotters to be the largest, most disastrous mistake Roosevelt ever made.
        insofar as the future will probably not judge the current POTUS kindly for ignoring (sanctioning?) the previous administration's war crimes.

        If any cares at all, that is.

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