2009 and 1933 have seemed to parallel a bit. A Democratic president rushing into office after the miserable failure of the preceding Republican with the shadow of economic Armageddon looming across the land.
Thinking of the Tea-baggers of today reminded me of the Business Plot of 1933.
In the summer of 1933, shortly after Roosevelt's "First 100 Days," America's richest businessmen were in a panic. It was clear that Roosevelt intended to conduct a massive redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. Roosevelt had to be stopped at all costs.
The answer was a military coup. It was to be secretly financed and organized by leading officers of the Morgan and Du Pont empires.
Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 -- June 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Fighting Quaker" and "Old Gimlet Eye", was a Major General in the U.S. Marine Corps and, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history.
In 1934, Butler came forward and reported to the U.S. Congress that a group of wealthy pro-Fascist industrialists had been plotting to overthrow the government of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in a military coup. Even though the House Un-American Activities Committee corroborated most of the specifics of his testimony, no further action was taken.
For every action there is a reaction. So, the Right Wing feels as though it must react to the new direction that this nation has set its course to.
All this has happened before and so goes the old saying that the more things change the more that they say the same.
History Channel program of the Business Plot video...