I have stated many times on my site and OpEd News that if we fail to understand our past, we are destined to make the same mistakes in our future, i.e., January 6th, 2021. In 1933, FDR found himself in a similar situation like we face today:
"It was a dangerous time in America: The economy was staggering, unemployment was rampant, and a banking crisis threatened the entire monetary system.
The newly elected president pursued an ambitious legislative
program aimed at easing some of the troubles. But he faced vitriolic opposition
from both sides of the political spectrum.
"This is despotism, this is tyranny, this is the annihilation of liberty," one senator wrote to a colleague. "The ordinary American is thus reduced to the status of a robot. The president has not merely signed the death warrant of capitalism, but has ordained the mutilation of the Constitution, unless the friends of liberty, regardless of party, band themselves together to regain their lost freedom."
Those words could be ripped from today's headlines. In fact, author Sally Denton tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz, they come from a letter written in 1933 by Republican Sen. Henry D. Hatfield of West Virginia, bemoaning the policies of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Click Here
Those who were involved in the fascist 'Business Plot' chose retired Lt. General Smedley Butler to lead the coup, failing to understand that General Smedly Butler was a true patriot and disclosed the coup attempt to FDR. It was a tough time in our past; however, it mirrors the situation we face today. The businesses involved in the coup attempt were:
"Among its members were the DuPonts, S.B. Colgate, Sewell Avery, John Raskob, Alfred P. Sloan, and former secretary of State Elihu Root. Butler noticed Robert Sterling Clark's name on the list, as well as Grayson M. P. Murphy, Gerald MacGuire's boss.
Also implicated in the plot was Al Smith, former New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee, as well as Prescott Bush, a banker, future Connecticut senator, and father to George H. W. Bush and grandfather to George W. Bush.
Of these wealthy and prominent people, none was called for testimony, and none was punished.
Butler went on to rise in public profile, championing populism and pacifism with his 1935 book, War Is a Racket, but for the beneficial publicity, the committee as well as French agree that he was telling truth. And only recently has the public learned of a letter to Congress sent from an official at the company building the Hoover Dam, in which the writer warned of a plot by the "American Fascist Veterans Association" to overthrow the president.
I found a critically important story from the Guardian written by Brendon O'Conner titled: "The Capitol Riot wasn't a fringe 'Uprising'. It was enabled by very deep pockets." The question automatically arises, who were those deep pockets, and was this an organized coup attempt again financed by America's most wealthy inhabitants? Unfortunately, the answer to that question appears to be an adamant Yes! Through careful investigative reporting, Brendon O'Conner found a laundry list of American Billionaires who were complicit in the funding of this latest coup attempt:
"Already a picture of the individuals, organizations, and institutions who lent their weight to the movement that stormed Congress has begun to emerge. Last year, the secretive and influential Council for National Policy (CNP), which author Anne Nelson describes as "connecting the manpower and media of the Christian right with the finances of western plutocrats and the strategy of right-wing Republican political operatives," called for state legislators in six swing states to reject Joe Biden's election victory. CNP leaders were scheduled to speak at the rally on the morning of January 6th, where Donald Trump encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol.
Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, which has contributed millions to the Republican Attorneys General Association (Raga), listed as one of the participating organizations in the rally. Raga's fundraising arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, sent robocalls encouraging Trump supporters to march on the Capitol ahead of the January 6th rally, at which the former chairman of Raga, Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, spoke. But major donors to Raga include not only rightwing bogeymen like Koch Industries, Walmart, or the Adelson family but also household corporate names like Comcast, Amazon and TikTok.
Likewise, although Koch Industries is the single largest corporate donor to Republican representatives who pledged to try to overturn the election results, the next biggest contributors included defense companies like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon, as well as tech (Amazon) and finance (Goldman Sachs) and insurance (Aflac), according to the Center for Media and Democracy. And while Charles Koch has maintained a posture of personal ambivalence, verging on distaste, for Donald Trump, super Pacs heavily funded by the donor network he and his late brother founded have spent millions supporting congressional Republicans who rejected the outcome of the 2020 election.
Dick Uihlein, the chief executive of the Uline shipping company and a contributor to the Koch donor network, spent at least $2m getting Josh Hawley elected to the US Senate and has contributed more than $4m to the Tea Party Patriots, another one of the 11 groups listed as participating in the Stop the Steal coalition. In 2019, more than $20m was funneled through DonorsTrust, a donor-advised fund that disguises the source of major giving to nonprofits, to a dozen organizations that would ultimately contest the integrity of the 2020 presidential election, including $103,000 to Tea Party Patriots. In a statement provided to the Intercept, Tea Party Patriots cofounder Jenny Beth Martin denied spending any money on the Stop the Steal rally and condemned the violence that occurred." LINK
Based on the excellent reporting of Brendon O'Conner, the coup attempt of January 6th, 2021, in my opinion, is another "Business Plot" against the people of the United States. This time the backers of the failed coup represent some of the most wealthy corporate entities and billionaires in the United States. Raw Story ran a small synopsis of the Guardian article. However, it left out the essential segments of the coup attempt. God forbid that the public is informed of precisely the financial manipulators of this recent coup attempt.
Has Nancy Pelosi and President-Elect Biden, and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris been apprised of these facts? If so, why have they not been exposed to every significant News Media in the United States? The "Business Plot" of 1933 did not result in any convictions or reprisals against the coup attempt's backers. Is this where the current coup attempt is heading? Are we going to convict the stooges who breached our Capitol and again ignore the power and money behind the coup attempt? If we do, we can guarantee it will happen again, and this time, I'd guess it will be sooner rather than later.
"We the People" deserve to know who financed this most recent coup attempt, and we need to DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, not meekly allow it to hide in the shadows minus any repercussions. Imagine if those who participated in the original "Business Plot" of 1933 had been held accountable? If so, would the coup attempt of January 6th, 2021, have happened? Failing to punish those genuinely responsible for this most recent coup attempt is a failure of proportions that threaten the very principles of democracy that we as Americans hold dear. Also of my opinion is that those who breached the Capitol must be held accountable. More importantly, those who secretly funded this coup attempt also must be held responsible.
How or what form that accountability will determined by Congress. I hope that some of those who bear the most significant responsibility could find their businesses nationalized. In the alternative, multi-billion-dollar fines would help to pay for the Biden Administrations' multi-trillion-dollar rescue plan for the economy and the millions of Americans who are suffering from a pandemic that is affecting the nation's most vulnerable people. We all need to remember the law must be applied equally. Someone's wealth must not allow them to escape justice.