Not much to add to William Norman Grigg’s Commentary. If you have not read it, do so now.
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“Hang him, shoot him or lock him up in a concentration camp.”
To people not tutored in the nuances of Progressive dogma, those sentiments appear to be high-octane hate speech of the “eliminationist” variety. This Soviet-style prescription for dealing with dissent was offered during a March 1942 meeting of the Overseas Writers Association (OWA) that was attended by numerous high-ranking officials from FDR’s administration.
The target of the OWA’s Stalinoid hate session was a brace of refractory newspaper publishers — Robert McCormick of the Chicago Tribune and Joe Patterson of the New York Daily News.
Utterly contemptuous of the Axis powers and unflinching in their commitment to an “America First” foreign policy, McCormick and Patterson were among those commendable souls whose marrow-deep contempt for fascism encompassed not only Hitler and Mussolini, but also Roosevelt, who would go on to be America’s first fascist president-for-life.
We will never know whether FDR’s plan to imprison his critics for their words would have succeeded. A mistrial was declared following the presiding judge’s fatal heart attack. In 1946, after FDR’s death and the end of WWII, the case was dismissed by Federal District Judge Bolitha Laws, who described it as “a travesty on justice.”
By that time, some of the 28 defendants had spent years behind bars for the supposed crime of expressing their views in public. Among those who had been rounded by by the Regime could be found a deaf sign painter, a maid, a factory worker from Detroit, and several people who ran one-man publishing operations — the WWII-era equivalent of bloggers.