November 11, 2015
IT IS no dishonor to those who bravely fought in World War II to recall the arguments on this Veteran’s Day by those who were against American intervention in the war and who at one point represented the vast majority of Americans. Charles Lindbergh was one of the most vocal opponents of American involvement as part of the America First movement.
Here is the full text of his speech on the subject in Des Moines, Iowa on September 11, 1941. Some excerpts:
National polls showed that when England and France declared war on Germany, in 1939, less than 10 percent of our population favored a similar course for America. But there were various groups of people, here and abroad, whose interests and beliefs necessitated the involvement of the United States in the war. I shall point out some of these groups tonight, and outline their methods of procedure. In doing this, I must speak with the utmost frankness, for in order to counteract their efforts, we must know exactly who they are.
The three most important groups who have been pressing this country toward war are the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration.
Behind these groups, but of lesser importance, are a number of capitalists, Anglophiles, and intellectuals who believe that the future of mankind depends upon the domination of the British empire. Add to these the Communistic groups who were opposed to intervention until a few weeks ago, and I believe I have named the major war agitators in this country.
I am speaking here only of war agitators, not of those sincere but misguided men and women who, confused by misinformation and frightened by propaganda, follow the lead of the war agitators. Read More »