“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” ~John 8:32:
“No person with a sense of dignity of mankind can condone the persecution of the Jewish race in Germany…”
~ Charles Lindbergh, Des Moines September 11th, 1941
Hannah Arendt observed that the end game of all democracies throughout history is tyranny. As a nation America is in a unique and special situation in that the media is no longer 100% controlled by the oligarchs… for that reason there is a glimmer of hope…. this film highlights how the careers of two patriotic Americans, Congressman C.A. Lindbergh and his aviator son, and like minded Americans, were attacked and discredited by the American government with the assistance of British Intelligence Agents, allowed into the U.S., in both World Wars, to quash dissent with propaganda and engineer consent for War.
Interestingly enough, HBO has found it necessary to produce a miniseries, “The Plot Against America,” which continues the lies and propaganda that Charles Lindbergh was an anti-Semitic, Nazi sympathizer when in reality, he, along with over 80% of Americans were, rightfully so, anti war. Reason he was against war as he witnessed first hand the industrialized slaughter that was WWI and the propaganda used to entice Americas into that catastrophe costing the lives of 100,000 of America’s finest youth and when adjusted for inflation, nearly $300,000 million.
Why, did HBO do this? My humble opinion is that A. Scot Berg’s Pulitzer Prize winning biography had begun to rehabilitate Charles and the proof of that are the overwhelming positive comments criticizing the announcer in a Smithsonian piece who claims Lindbergh was an anti-Semitic Sympathizer.
For those who suspect Lindbergh was or may of been anti-Semitic think on this. Charles best friend was Harry Guggenheim, of New York’s Guggenheim family. His father, Daniel, the patriarch of the family and son Harry, were appalled at the propaganda campaign that labeled Charles an anti-Semite. That is one example and Berg gives numerous others… not that Charles didn’t make anti-Semitic statements… they were at best “garden variety,” and far away from virulent.
Never before have all four of Charles and Anne’s four surviving agreed to discuss the intimate details of what it was like being raised by America’s “Golden Couple.” Charles, “the most famous man to walk the earth,” and their mother, Anne “a bestselling author and one of the 20th century’s leading feminist voices.”
They address Charles’ public battle with President Roosevelt and how their father handled the anti-Semitic allegations for his opposition to WWII. The children explain the impact the First World War had on both their father and their grandfather, Congressman C.A. Lindbergh and the significant influence the C.A. had on his son.
C.A. instilled in Charles the teachings of James Madison concerning war;
“Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other.”
”It is beyond a shadow of a doubt that when it comes to prosecuting violence on other nations the government cannot be trusted to tell its citizens the truth. Major campaigns, let’s call them propaganda, are launched to convince its citizens either that they are in imminent danger or they are fighting a despicable and evil state.”
This “War” propaganda of WWI demonstrated for the first time in world history how easy it was to build consent and to forge opinions. Dissent was also attacked as Congress passed a law, The Espionage Act, that deprived Americans of exercising their First Amendment guarantee of “Free Speech.” The First World War set the stage for government control expanding its power through legislation and utilizing propaganda, aided and abetted by the media, to control and influence the debate.
Once it was understood that this could be done, Democracy confronted serious problems with the rise of the Military Industrial Complex turning war profiteering into a 21st Century reality