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The coup that never was


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William B Stoecker: In 1933 Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler testified before Congress about a coup being planned against President Franklin Delano Roosevelt by powerful corporate CEOs and former military officers that has since been called the "Business Plot." He claimed that the plotters opposed FDR's socialistic New Deal policies and intended to overthrow the President and make him, General Butler, dictator. He had been told of the plot by a man claiming to have been one of its agents, one Gerald MacGuire, but General Butler refused to go along with it and was now intent on warning Congress and the President.

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Smedley Butler was a hero! He was the only soldier to win *two* Congressional Medals of Honor. His most famous quote was, "war is a racket." He was raised in a Quaker home.

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