Tuesday, July 25, 2006
du Pont, Prescott Bushand the virulently anti-semitic Henry Ford not only fought publicly to keep America from joining the war against Germany, they actually helped finance Hitler's war machine..
The conservative press--led by Henry Luce (who applauded
Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia)--worked to influence public opinion in favor of isolationism.
American hero and right-winger Charles Lindbergh admired the
"virility" and "dictatorial direction" of Nazi Germany so much so that he used his substantial influence as a vocal Nazi propagandist.
The Senate--led by Republican Gerald P. Nye--was determined to
remain isolated from the European conflict. Nye and his colleagues
spearheaded the Neutrality Act of 1935.
William Dudley Pelley mobilized like-minded right-wing
conservatives into a pro-Nazi legion he called the Silver Shirts and which others referred to as the "Christian American Patriots". By July 1938, he had mailed out 3.5 tons of pro-Nazi, anti-semitic propaganda. After the U.S. joined the war, Pelley was jailed for sedition.
The godfather of right-wing hate radio and media wackos, Father Charles Coughlin used his radio show and magazine to stir-up anti-semitic, pro-Nazi sentiment in the U.S.