Bush Fulfills His Grandfather’s Dream


Richard Moore

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Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream
By David Swanson
27 July, 2007

It's remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather's 
major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor 
Heyerdahl's grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a 
raft. But what really struck me was the <a 

document/document_20070723.shtml aired on July 23rd documenting 
President George W. Bush's grandfather's involvement in a 1933 plot 
to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. 
I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the 
grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to 

Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 to 1972) attended Yale University and 
joined the secret society known as Skull and Bones. Prescott is 
widely reported to have stolen the skull of Native American leader 
Geronimo. As far as I know, this has not actually been confirmed. In 
fact, Prescott seems to have had a habit of making things up. He sent 
letters home from World War I claiming he'd received medals for 
heroism. After the letters were printed in newspapers, he had to 
retract his claims.

If this does not yet sound like the life of a George W. Bush 
ancestor, try this on for size: Prescott Bush's early business 
efforts tended to fail. He married the daughter of a very rich man 
named George Herbert Walker (the guy with the compound at 
Kennebunkport, Maine, that now belongs to the Bush family, and the 
origin of Dubya's middle initial). Walker installed Prescott Bush as 
an executive in Thyssen and Flick. From then on, Prescott's business 
dealings went better, and he entered politics.

Now, the name Thyssen comes from a German named Fritz Thyssen, major 
financial backer of the rise of Adolph Hitler. Thyssen was referred 
to in the New York Herald-Tribune as "Hitler's Angel." During the 
1930s and early 1940s, and even as late as 1951, Prescott Bush was 
involved in business dealings with Thyssen, and was inevitably aware 
of both Thyssen's political activities and the fact that the 
companies involved were financially benefiting the nation of Germany. 
In addition, the companies Prescott Bush profited from included one 
engaged in mining operations in Poland using slave labor from 
Auschwitz. Two former slave laborers have sued the U.S. government 
and the heirs of Prescott Bush for $40 billion.

Until the United States entered World War II it was legal for 
Americans to do business with Germany, but in late 1942 Prescott 
Bush's businesses interests were seized under the Trading with the 
Enemy Act. Among those businesses involved was the Hamburg America 
Lines, for which Prescott Bush served as a manager. A Congressional 
committee, in a report called the McCormack-Dickstein Report, found 
that Hamburg America Lines had offered free passage to Germany for 
journalists willing to write favorably about the Nazis, and had 
brought Nazi sympathizers to America. (Is this starting to remind 
anyone of our current president's relationship to the freedom of the 

The McCormack-Dickstein Committee was established to investigate a 
homegrown American fascist plot hatched in 1933. Here's how the BBC 
promoted its recent story:

"Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by 
right-wing American businessmen. The coup was aimed at toppling 
President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war 
veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most 
famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, 
Maxwell Hse & George Bush's Grandfather, Prescott) believed that 
their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to 
beat the great depression. Mike Thomson investigates why so little is 
known about this biggest ever peacetime threat to American democracy."

Actually, if you listen to the 30-minute BBC story, there is not one 
word of so much as speculation as to why this story is so little 
known. I think a clue to the answer can be found by looking into why 
this BBC report has not led to any U.S. media outlets picking up the 
story this week.

The BBC report provides a good account of the basic story. Some of 
the wealthiest men in America approached Marine Corps Major General 
Smedley Butler, beloved of many World War I veterans, many of them 
embittered by the government's treatment of them. Prescott Bush's 
group asked Butler to lead 500,000 veterans in a take-over of 
Washington and the White House. Butler refused and recounted the 
affair to the congressional committee. His account was corroborated 
in part by a number of witnesses, and the committee concluded that 
the plot was real. But the names of wealthy backers of the plot were 
blacked out in the committee's records, and nobody was prosecuted. 
According to the BBC, President Roosevelt cut a deal. He refrained 
from prosecuting some of the wealthiest men in America for treason. 
They agreed to end Wall Street's opposition to the New Deal.

Clearly the lack of accountability in Washington, D.C., did not begin 
with Nancy Pelosi taking Dubya's impeachment off the table, or with 
Congress' decision to avoid impeachment for President Ronald Reagan 
(a decision that arguably played a large role in installing Prescott 
Bush's son George H.W. Bush as president), or with the failure to 
investigate the apparent deal that George H.W. Bush and others made 
with Iran to not release American hostages until Reagan was made 
president, or with the failure to prosecute Richard Nixon after he 
resigned. Lack of accountability is a proud tradition in our nation's 
capital. Or maybe I should say our former nation's capital. I don't 
recognize the place anymore, and I credit that to George W. Bush's 
efforts to fulfill his grandfather's dream using far subtler and more 
effective means than a military coup.

Bush the grandson took office through a highly fraudulent election 
that he nonetheless lost. The Supreme Court blocked a recount of the 
vote and installed Dubya.

Prescott's grandson proceeded to weaken or eliminate most of the Bill 
of Rights in the name of protection from a dark foreign enemy. He 
even tossed out habeas corpus. The grandson of Prescott, that dreamer 
of the 1930s, established with very little resistance that the U.S. 
government can kidnap, detain indefinitely on no charge, torture, and 
murder. The United States under Prescott Bush's grandson adopted 
policies that heretofore had been considered only Nazi policies, most 
strikingly the willingness to openly plan and engage in aggressive 
wars on other nations.

At the same time, Dubya has accomplished a huge transfer of wealth 
within the United States from the rest of us to the extremely 
wealthy. He's also effected a major privatization of public 
operations, including the military. And he's kept tight control over 
the media.

Dubya has given himself the power to rewrite all laws with signing 
statements. He's established that intentionally misleading the 
Congress about the need for a war is not a crime that carries any 
penalty. He's given himself the right (just as Hitler did) to open 
anyone's mail. He's created illegal spying programs and then proposed 
to legalize them. Prescott would be so proud!

The current President Bush has accomplished much more smoothly than 
his grandfather could have imagined a feat that was one of the goals 
of Prescott's gang, namely the elimination of Congress.

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