Whammo! We’re Back To 1984, Pt. II
Just beneath Bret Stephens article in the WSJ 1/24/17 issue is William McGurn’s article America First Takes On A New Meaning. McGurn examines his thesis in a more coherent form than Bret.
Trump used the term America First and was condemned by Liberals as a bigot. I’m not sure that most Liberals even know what the ‘40s America First organization was all about. The prime thing that most people know is that Charles Lindbergh was accused as an anti-Semite who insulted the Jews. He didn’t do that but having mentioned the Jews in his Omaha speech he was immediately denounced as an anti-Semite and that denunciation destroyed America First.
The issue was should America involve itself in another European war? If that was a possibility, as it was, then who was for involvement? There was certainly no populist movement, quite the opposite. Lindbergh accurately identified the perps as the British, the Jews and Roosevelt. As the trio couldn’t deny it or debate the issue they just gaslighted Lindbergh warning everyone away from him. This is essentially Trump’s situation today but he isn’t Lindbergh.
Now, it was obvious at the time that Jews, England and Roosevelt were promoting US entry. Books were written about it, check out Walter Millis, I haven’t seen magazine articles of the time but they surely exist and Hollywood produced many anti-German movies in the years leading up to the war.
It was only when it became obvious that the US was being led into war that the America First movement came into existence. Nor was it created by anti-Semites or Deplorables or Nazi sympathizers but by old line Americans at Yale University. Lindbergh as the group’s spokesman only became involved after the group was well established.
McGurn, who has limited space for his column assumes, as one must, that people are familiar with America First so he picks highlights to illustrate his point. It seems that he believes America First was isolationist, the ordinary defamation used by Liberals, as he contrasts use of the term to demonstrate Trump’s isn’t, hence his title: America First ‘Takes On A New Meaning.’
In my opinion the ’40 Firsters were not isolationists either. Isolation was impossible then as now. It was just that the US had no dog in Europe’s fight. If the war was going to happen the US could not prevent it while there was no great threat to democracy or at least no greater threat than the Communists who were infiltrating the US government.
McGurn tells an interesting anecdote.
A few months earlier two prominent senators- Democrat Burton Wheeler of Montana and Republican Gerald Nye of North Dakota- spoke to an America First rally in a Mid-town Manhattan hall then known as Mecca Temple. The next day, the New York Times carried a statement from an opposing organization contrasting the crowd’s reaction to mentions of Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin on the one hand with its reactions to Britain’s prime minister on the other: “It is interesting to note, too, that while there was no disapproval of the foreign dictators the audience of Mecca Temple booed extensively at the name of Winston Churchill.”
In point of fact Churchill who Hitler denounced as a war-monger knew that in a war with Germany England had no chance of winning. When asked how he expected to win the war Churchill replied: ‘I’ll get America to do it for us.’ Rather coldblooded don’t you think?
As for the Jews and FDR, the Jews in the person of their spokesman Samuel Untermyer declared war on Germany in 1933. Shortly thereafter Roosevelt began cooperating with them in their war by declaring an embargo and other measures. So, actually the US was in an undeclared war with Germany from 1934 on. By 1940, then, anyone who cared to see saw that Jews, England and Roosevelt were leading us into war on Germany.
In the characterization of Lindbergh as a German agent the Jews are solely responsible. As a precursor to Philip Roth’s recent The Plot Against America Hollywood made a movie in 1941, Keeper Of The Flame, portraying a character supposed to represent Lindbergh as an incipient Nazi dictator.
So the defamation of Lindbergh was a vicious criminal act.
In a way comparing apples to oranges McGurn contrasts Trump’s claim to put America First. That is, just as the WWII trio were putting English and Jewish interests first, involving the US in a matter that did not concern it, so the Post-war ’45 Liberal Agenda has placed the interests of others above those of the US. The US became the doormat of the world while supposedly the most powerful country on earth.
Trump intends to change that. Rather than accept an inferior position to other countries he intends to put US interests first. America First. We’ve given enough of our country away.
Liberal’s, who should know better after watching Obama sacrifice our interests fully misrepresent what Trump means. Thus having exhausted the Nazi/Hitler meme they are resurrecting the old saw of Orwell’s 1984.
Bankrupt politically, Liberals are now bankrupt morally.