July 2, 2009
Source: William F. Jasper
The "Miracle Man" of 1940
Source: Charles Peters
Five Days in Philidelphia:
The Amazing "We Want Willkie!" Convention of 1940
and How it Freed FDR to Save the Western World
Source: Thomas E. Mahl
British Covert Operations in the United States
Wikipedia: Wendell Willkie
Believe that neo-cons just started screwing with the Republican Party a decade or so ago?
Liberal Dark horse candidate Wendell Willkie came from nowhere to land the 1940 Republican nomination, then was dumped just as fast to allow FDR to win a third term.
Condensed Wikipedia PC take on Wendell Willkie
Far from being a "native-born American" Republican, Wendell Willkie had always been deeply entrenched in the Democrat Party up until his "conversion" just the year before he ran for President in the Republican primary of 1940.
He had never held any elected office -- never as a Governor, a Representative or a Senator -- not even as a mayor.
Yet, against all odds, he beat out long-term and faithful Republican icons Senator Robert Taft of Ohio, Herbert Hoover, Law and Order gang-busting candidate Manhattan District Attorney Thomas Dewey and Senator Arthur Vandenburg of Michigan -- all non-interventionists -- to win the Republican nomination.
Willkie must have been the ever popular, "He is not the best Republican candidate, but I am told he is the only one who has a chance of beating FDR" candidate.
Immediately after he lost to FDR, he would return to work for FDR, the man he had "opposed".
And he would write a very anti-isolationist, anti-American, anti-America-First book pushing the United Nations.
This is the story of how very naive Republicans were mislead and swindled out of defeating FDR.
Willkie moved to Akron, Ohio, where he worked as a corporate lawyer for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. In Akron he also quickly gained status in the local Democratic Party, and he was a delegate to the 1924 Democratic National Convention.
In 1929, Willkie became a legal counsel for the New York-based Commonwealth & Southern Corporation, the nation's largest electric utility holding company. Commonwealth & Southern provided electrical power to customers in eleven states. He rapidly rose through the ranks and became company president in 1933.
Willkie was a delegate to the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Once Franklin Roosevelt captured the nomination, Willkie supported him and contributed money to his campaign.
(After the 1940 election,) Willkie became one of Roosevelt's most unlikely allies. To the chagrin of many in his party, Willkie called for greater national support for controversial Roosevelt initiatives such as the Lend-Lease Act and embarked on a new campaign against isolationism in America.
In 1943, Willkie wrote the book One World, a plea for international peacekeeping after the war. Extremely popular, millions of copies of the book sold.
From a leading Democrat, to leading the Republicans, to writing a book about a one world government, called simply, One World
. The media-Scribes pushed the book and it became a best seller.
Sound anything like politics taking place today?
As always, the way to America's heart is through her radio and television.
If a monopolistic radio and TV likes you, you are a shoe-in, even if you have never ran for political office before. (or you are a first-term Senator from Illinois)
In 1939 Willkie made a highly-publicized appearance on the popular "Town Hall" nationwide radio program, where he debated the merits of the private-enterprise system with Robert H. Jackson, President Roosevelt's Solicitor General and a possible candidate for the 1940 Democratic presidential nomination. Most observers felt that Willkie won the debate, and many liberal Republicans began - for the first time - to view him as a dark horse presidential candidate.
Willkie formally switched political parties in 1939 and began making speeches in opposition to the New Deal. However, Willkie did not condemn all New Deal programs, and he supported those programs that he felt could not be run better by private enterprise. His objection was that the government had unfair advantages over private businesses, and thus should avoid competing directly against them.
The 1940 presidential campaign was conducted against the backdrop of the Second World War.
Although the United States was still neutral, the nation - and especially the Republican Party - was deeply divided between isolationists, or those who felt the nation should avoid helping any of the warring powers and not take any steps that could lead America into the war, and interventionists, who felt that America's survival depended upon helping the British and other allied powers defeat Nazi Germany.
The three leading candidates for the 1940 Republican nomination were Senators Robert Taft of Ohio and Arthur Vandenberg of Michigan, and Thomas E. Dewey, the "gangbusting" District Attorney from Manhattan.
Willkie seemed an unlikely candidate as he was a former Democrat and a Wall Street-based industrialist who had never before run for public office.
He had received backing from media-Scribe magnates; key Willkie supporters were
- New York Herald Tribune (Ogden Reid)
- Scripps-Howard newspaper chain (Roy Howard)
- Minneapolis Star (John and Gardner Cowles)
- Minneapolis Tribune (John and Gardner Cowles)
- Des Moines Register (John and Gardner Cowles)
- Look magazine.
Starting on May 8th, with a mere 3% of Republicans wanting Willkie, the propaganda would prove effective. By the end of June, Willkie was the Republican nominee.
Willkie's supporters established a national grassroots network, but his popularity was thinly spread, with a May 8 Gallup poll showing
May 8 Gallup poll
- Dewey at 67%
- Vandenberg and Taft
- Willkie at a mere 3%.
Willkie consistently spoke of the need to aid the British in their fight against Germany; this made a direct contrast with the other leading Republican candidates, who were isolationists.
While Taft stressed that America needed to prevent the New Deal from using the international crisis to extend socialism at home, the Nazis' rapid blitz into France shook public opinion.
By mid-June, little over one week before the convention opened, Gallup reported Willkie had surged to second place with 17%, and that Dewey was slipping.
Willkie was stumping the country getting the votes of liberal and East Coast Republicans who were concerned about the Nazis' conquest of western Europe.
As the convention delegates were arriving at Philadelphia, Gallup reported
Dewey had slipped to 47%
Willkie had moved up to 29%,
Taft trailed at 8%
Vandenberg trailed at 8%
Hoover trailed at 6%
With the surrender of France to Germany on June 25, 1940, and the belief that Britain was under imminent threat of a Nazi invasion, the 1940 Republican Convention opened in an atmosphere of great excitement and national stress; this is believed to have boosted Willkie's chances even further.
Hundreds of thousands, perhaps as many as one million, telegrams urging support for Willkie poured in, many from "Willkie Clubs" that had sprung up across the country. Millions more signed petitions circulating everywhere.
Hundreds of vocal Willkie supporters packed the upper galleries of the convention hall.
Willkie's amateur status and fresh face appealed to delegates as well as voters.
Gallup found the same thing in data not reported until after the convention: Willkie had pulled ahead among Republican voters by 44% to only 29% for the collapsing Dewey.
Willkie's supporters in the galleries kept yelling "We Want Willkie" over and over, adding to the excitement and pro-Willkie momentum.
Willkie won on the sixth ballot.
And what were Willkie's political beliefs?
Willkie had three main themes
- The alleged inefficiency and corruption of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs.
- Roosevelt's attempt to win an unprecedented third term as President.
- The government's alleged lack of military preparedness.
Willkie claimed that he would keep most of FDR's New Deal welfare and regulatory programs, but that he would make them more efficient and effective.
Sounds like a Republican today does it not? Do not get rid of any Democrat programs, just give them the ol' Republican efficiency and effectiveness work over.
Highlights of a non-PC take on Wendell Willkie
The New American
magazine (Feb. 5, 2007 issue) highlights the non-PC take on Wendell Willkie.
Winston Churchill was pulling out all stops to get America into WWII.
Just before the Republican Convention, "Willkie Clubs" started to magically spring up everywhere.
Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) member Oren Root was closely tied to the J.P. Morgan banking dynasty and it was he who created and directed the "Willkie Clubs".
Willkie was presented as a common "Midwesterner" to the American voting public, but in fact, he had moved to New York City long ago, became the President of the nation's largest electric utility holding company, and was a major supporter of FDR. Willkie was also a close friend of CFR member Thomas Lamont, chairman of the board of J.P. Morgan.
Wendell Willkie was not some Main Street U.S.A common Joe, but a Wall Street banking insider.
Earnest Cuneo, code-names "Crusader", was the top American liaison between BSC (British Security Coordination), FDR, OSS (forerunner of the CIA), the State Department, the Treasury, and the Justice Department. In a CIA file brought to light by Professor (Thomas) Mahl, Cuneo acknowledged that the BSC "went beyond the legal, the ethical, and the proper".
Cuneo's admission fits with the testimony of British agent Bickham Escott, who said that when he was recruited he was told, "If you join us, you mustn't be afraid of murder."
A few weeks before the 1940 Republican Convention, Ralph Edward Williams died while attending a meeting of the Committee on Arrangements for the 1940 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.
Ralph E. Williams had been a Taft supporter. (And how convenient he was gone!)
Williams was replaced as the chairman of the committee for arrangements, by Pan-Am Sam. Sam Pryor was an executive of Pan American Airways, a close friend of the Rockefeller family, and an OSS/CIA operative.
Sam Pryor was a Wendell Willkie supporter. (How convenient he was now in control!)
Professor Mahl states that Pryor's new position allowed him to reduce the ticket allotments to delegations committed to other candidates, while delegations committed to Willkie got their full allotment.
Finally, as Pryor told it years later, he printed a duplicate set of tickets and opened up the galleries to Willkie supporters, who responded with the "We Want Willkie" chant so embossed on the memories of participants.
As the Convention opened, Herbert Hoover was to be the top speaker. The Republicans had been run out of Washington in 1932 with Hoover being blamed for the Great Depression. Now, after two full terms of FDR and no end to the Great Depression yet, Hoover was to have his sweet, sweet revenge.
Except his microphone did not work, thank you Mr. Pan-Am Sam.
Even in the day, there was spin. Time magazine blamed "Hoover's inadequacy as a speaker for the speech failure."
In the June 1940 issue of Time, they wrote:
the delegates were eager to hear him demolish the New Deal; they were even more than eager to cheer some challenging declaration of faith. But inflexible Mr. Hoover mushmouthed his delivery; the clear, hot words of his finest address got lost (as always) deep in his bulldog chops. He stood there awkwardly, a near-great man whose fate has been to cast his mother-of-pearl words before mobs who, whether friendly or bitter, always yell "Louder".
Can you get more unfair?
Later at his convention press conference, Hoover, a staunch isolationist, was made hard to hear over the beatings of a drum corps which mysteriously happened to march into the lobby as he was speaking.
FDR had major problems in 1940.
Americans remembered the carnage of WWI
Many felt that FDR really wanted war
Many were upset by a third term run with imperial ambitions
Many did not like his attempt to pack the Supreme Court
Many did not like his wild deficit spending
Many did not like his massive expansion of the Federal government
It would be a tough sell to get FDR reelected.
"Clearly," writes Professor Makl, in Desperate Deception, "the major purpose of BSC was to conduct aggressive offensive operations against those it saw as enemies of Britain." However, he notes, this "included not only Hitler's agents in the United States, but those who simply wished to remain uninvolved in the European war."
That included American citizens, especially prominent politicians, who were tagged with the pejorative label of "isolationist". This false label grotesquely implied that Americans who adhered to the traditional view of our Founding Fathers against foreign intervention and entanglement were somehow trying to retreat into a fantasy world in which our country would be sealed off from all intercourse with foreign nations.
Michigan Senator Vandenberg, a well-known womanizer, was a relatively easy mark for compromise by BSC "carrots" Mitzi Sims, Elizabeth Thorpe Pack, and Eveline Patterson Cotter. He was gradually seduced (and perhaps blackmailed) by these femme fatales to convert from isolationist to internationalist.
New York Representative Hamilton Fish was a popular incumbent in a safely Republican district. Fish warned that Roosevelt was making the world vulnerable to international communism by becoming Winston Churchill's willing accomplice to lead the nation to war against Germany to save the British Empire. Fish denied being an isolationist, saying he was a non-interventionist who wanted negotiated settlements of disputes rather than American involvement in foreign wars.
He was relentlessly assaulted with an endless smear campaign of false charges; abuse of the congressional franking privileges, being anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler, tax evasion, etc.
He successfully refuted all of the accusations.
The anti-Semite charges, for instance, were easily disposed of, as he had been the author of the Zionist Resolution for a Homeland for the Jewish People that passes Congress in 1923 and had always had strong support among his Jewish constituents.
Four years of constant media attacks did gradually whittle down his once-overwhelming support among voters, but it took the redrawing of his district to oust him.
Just as McCain, who beat out his real opponent, Ron Paul, for the Republican nomination and then saw all support drop for him, the moment he started running against "The Anointed One"; likewise, the moment Willkie received the Republican nomination, and thus locking out all WWII non-interventionists, then the media and the CFR dropped Willkie like the proverbial hot potato he was and allowed his campaign to flounder.
The "new fresh face" darling getting all the media-Scribe publicity during the primaries, the pragmatic defender of Democracy fighting the fairyland, stick-your-head-in-the-mud, isolationists, was during the general elections, now merely "a woefully untried and untested man at a time in America's history when America needed its greatest leaders".
FDR won in the fall in a landslide and America was in the war the following year.
In the end, the non-interventionists and especially New York Rep. Hamilton Fish predicting that the communists would be the winners, were right.
What were the REAL final results of WWII?
Poland was subjugated under communism. So was China, half of Germany, and many others. Russia was still communist under the uber-brutal Stalin.
One hundred and twenty six million dead Christians later, the Jews were the only ones who came out smelling like a rose.
They had a country and America as their protector.
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