Essay on The Business Plot

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If someone were to ask you if you could imagine a world where the United States was a fascist dictatorship, you would most likely, laugh in his or her face. After all, the United States is the poster child of a capitalistic society and even has that American dream. What people don’t realize is that in 1933 a group of elite businessmen and some powerful companies tried to plot the staging of a coup with the help of a Marine Corps Major General by the name of Smedley Butler. This may have been plotted because of the financial situation the United States was in at the time, and was eventually brought to the attention of Congress during a hearing through his testimony. Also, because there is evidence supporting this theory I do believe it;…show more content…
“During this [time], [a now] retired Marine Corps General Smedley Darlington Butler was approached by two members of the American Legion: Bill Doyle, and Gerald C. MacGuire.” This Legion operated under the guise of a veteran’s rights society. The men, initially approached Butler to speak at a nearing meeting; they explained that they were hoping that Butler’s speech would persuade the others members that they needed to remove the current management – something that could be called conditioning or a sort of test. Even though Butler listened to what they had to say, he had refused on the grounds that he did not want to interfere. Coming up with a new plan the two men approached Butler again, this time discreetly offering him $100,000 in bank deposits. After Butler arrived, “in the spectator gallery the Legionnaires were to leap to their feet demanding he speak. MacGuire then produced the prepared speech he wanted Butler to give.” The speech given was suspicious sounding in nature, it “was to convince the veterans, who were due a second bonus payment, that if they were not paid in money backed by gold, their bonuses would be compromised.” Another attempt to condition and/or test on Butler to see if he could do their bidding. These men underestimated or pretty much ignored Butler’s support for Roosevelt and his patriotism, which, for a fact, wasn’t a secret. After many meetings MacGuire eventually
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