What The GOP Learned When The Wealthy Tried To Overthrow FDR And Install A Fascist Dictator

Nov 2012
This story never ceases to amaze me.

The conspirators would provide the financial backing and recruit an army of 500,000 soldiers, which Butler was to lead.

The pretext for the coup would be that FDR's health was failing. FDR would remain in a ceremonial position, in which, as MacGuire allegedly described, "The President will go around and christen babies and dedicate bridges and kiss children."

The real power of the government would be held in the hands of a Secretary of General Affairs, who would be in effect a dictator: "somebody to take over the details of the office — take them off the President's shoulders. […] A sort of a super secretary."

What the GOP learned when the wealthy tried to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictator
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