FDR, Lincoln ... and a Disturbing Supposition Regarding Barack Obama
Here's a new dominant social theme: US presidents are good and they ought to be in movies.
Of course, it helps if you are a socialist leader and make maximum use of the awesome power of Leviathan. The two presidents currently being lionized – surprise, surprise – are Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Roosevelt presided over the initial, massive expansion of the welfare state – the same one that has brought the US some US$200 trillion in payables and will eventually spell the end of the US as a going concern. Lincoln paved the way for the activist leader Roosevelt by insisting that the Union was indivisible and doing his part to murder or otherwise maim about a million people to prove it.
The movies that portray these leaders don't provide us with this stark – if historically realistic – point of view, of course. The bloody-minded decisions and subsequent ramifications are presented as historical necessity.
These are sympathetic portrayals and it is hard not to come to the conclusion that once again Hollywood is sending us a message about the Way the World Works, and US power politics especially. More on that in a moment.
Presumably, we are to walk away from these movies believing US presidents are bold visionaries who are willing to move their often warlike policies forward for the "greater good." And there is certainly an audience for this sort of perspective. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" was just released and has already taken in more than US$13 million.
There is another movie out there on Lincoln that attracted a good deal of attention, as it featured Lincoln as a vampire killer. This isn't strictly speaking a biopic but it is surely a kind of hagiography.
Two movies about Franklin Delano Roosevelt are currently being distributed. The one that hasn't got much attention is called "FDR, American Badass." It is described by Wikipedia as "a slapstick comedy that has the 32nd President of the United States riding a 'wheelchair of death' to stop the world from werewolves who carry the polio virus, including werewolf versions of Hitler, Mussolini, and Emperor Hirohito."
The "important" FDR film – just released – is called "Hyde Park on Hudson." It's about a social event hosted by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (at his country home) for the King and Queen of England. The tension of the movie is in part derived from the mission of the Royals, who seek support for the war against Germany that had just started.
The movie seeks to portray FDR as a sly and charming mastermind who understands that the Royals need to be humanized if they are to win over the US populace. By feeding them hot dogs and otherwise presenting the weekend with the Royals as an informal event, Roosevelt presented the King and Queen of England as "just folks" who needed help facing the juggernaut of the German military machine.
The result, the movie implies, was the initial turning point in what was to become World War II. An incident little-noted by historians, this weekend of entertainment provided by FDR would generate enough US public sympathy for England to allow Roosevelt to begin the process of entering the war on England's side.
Of course, Roosevelt's masterful public relations manipulation was aided by the same media that protected his image by refusing to photograph or otherwise portray him below the waist throughout his three terms. Roosevelt was paralyzed as the result of what was once considered the effects of polio but is now thought to have been Guillain-Barré syndrome.
The media was also complicit in covering up Roosevelt's extramarital dalliances as well as his wife's apparent Sapphic ones. One of the titillating aspects of "Hyde Park on Hudson" is centered around Roosevelt's complicated sex life and many mistresses.
Roosevelt is played by the famous comic actor Bill Murray and "Hyde Park on Hudson" is supposed to do for FDR what he intended to do for the King and Queen of England – humanize them and introduce them to a US audience that did not have a great deal of familiarity with them. The New York Post's Lou Lumenick reviewed the movie sympathetically as follows:
Half as long and twice as much fun as the self-important "Lincoln,' Roger Michell's charming sex-and-politics comedy "Hyde Park on Hudson' is basically a frothy tabloid take on presidential history. And for my money, that's a good thing in a season filled with puffed-up prestige pictures.
Anchored by a thoroughly delightful performance by Bill Murray, the film shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt wrestling with two problems as World War II looms in the spring of 1939.
The far weightier one is considerable sentiment against Great Britain by an American public that fears our World War I ally will drag the US into another costly worldwide conflict — one the president knows is absolutely necessary to stop Adolf Hitler ...
History tells us this was one of the biggest public relations coups of FDR's career, convincing the American people that the English were "like us' and deserving of support when World War II erupted just two months later.
The big problem with this review is that its premise is faulty. Today, we know that much of Hitler's military buildup and indeed his rise to power was supported by same Western financial forces that are today pursuing "the war on terror" and apparently for much the same reasons.
Thanks to what we call the Internet Reformation, we can see the scope of history more fully. The information is finally available. It seems to show us that the real reason both the first and second world wars were fought was in part to generate global governance, a process that remains underway today.
And we can see that after every large war, the West lost considerable freedoms. Under Lincoln, the free press was suspended, politicians and journalists who opposed the war were jailed. The result of an exceptionally bloody war was that states could not secede without facing military retaliation. History shows us that once a regime is emplaced by force, empire (of a sort) is inevitable and then, eventually, a downfall.
This is certainly the process that is underway in the US – and Europe, too, where an EU empire is a-building ... and tottering. The two US presidents most responsible for the current US empire are Lincoln and Roosevelt. (One could make a case for Woodrow Wilson, as well, but he was not as charismatic, it would seem.)
As students of elite dominant social themes, we long ago came to the conclusion that social and media trends are often deliberate rather than coincidental. The spate of movies portraying activist and warlike US presidents in a sympathetic light may well be intended to set a certain tone.
If so, this is a disturbing supposition. It would seem to be indicating that something is to unfold in President Barack Obama's second term that may replicate some of the same sort of events that took place under FDR and Lincoln.
What those events are to be is not yet clear. But it is a most disturbing supposition.
Posted by DrBryant on 12/11/12 09:57 AM
Anthony, this is ANOTHER superb article, proving once again your ability to see beyond and through the "smoke and mirrors".
I don't necessarily believe today's events were set in motion by the creation of the Bank of England, as one poster implied, but I certainly believe that bank and its cohorts are instrumental in perpetuating our woes through the ignorance of failing to learn from past mistakes, specifically the use of fiat money to promote a totalitarian world government.
Lincoln's and Roosevelt's main objectives were always about maintaining control of the money supply for the "royals". Both were hypocrites and never deserved the praise they receive today as the saviors of civil rights and American prosperity. Obama will prove to be no different, but does appear to be in a better position to do much more damage.
IMHO, there are two undisputable laws of war: 1) Money is the leading reason they are started 2) the victors write their history (with little regard for the truth).
Steady on, Anthony!! Your work here is much appreciated.
PS... I am now reading "The Creature From Jekyll Island", by G. Edward Griffin... so far... .EXCELLENT READING... .definitely a "red pill, blue pill" type of book.
Posted by Bischoff on 12/11/12 12:57 AM
"The result of an exceptionally bloody war was that states could not secede without facing military retaliation."
True enough, Lincoln established the concept of "Inability of states to secede from the Union". The purpose was to protect the Union from being splintered, and from becoming easy prey to "feudalist" interests which were bent on undermining the Anglo-Saxon principles of government set out in the original Constitution of the United States.
The "War of Independence" was a fight between the North American colonists who believed in Anglo-Saxon principles of governance, and the British Monarchy and their loyalists who stood for Norman "feudalist" rule. By providence, the victory at Yorktown in 1781 dealt defeat to the feudalists.
Furthermore, by providence the 1787 U.S. Constitution was modeled after the 1636 Constitution of Connecticut which enshrined Anglo-Saxon principles of governance for Americans. Though black slavery, as an expression of feudalism, continued to exist under the Constitution, it made the fight between the "Anglo-Saxons" and the "Feudalists" inevitable. Lincoln stood full square on the side of the "Anglo-Saxon" ideas.
Fast forward to 1913. The "feudalists", though defeated in the "War of Independence" and in the "Civil War", were able to fundamentally change Anglo-Saxon principles of governance by getting the states to ratify the 16th and 17th Amendments.
It was under the presidency of Woodrow Wilson, a sympathizer of black slavery, that "feudalists" gained a major victory by changing the "Anglo-Saxon", republican form of government in the U.S. into a quasi Democracy.
The 16th and 17th Amendments made possible for bankers and feudalist interests, with support from FDR, to steal the savings of the American people in 1933, and to establish a central bank which controls the value of wages for work performed. World War I and World War II served to prepare Americans to accept the "feudalist", top-down, Norman way of governance made possible by the ratification of the two amendments.
The final blow against the Anglo-Saxon principles of governance was struck by the people of California in passing Proposition 13 in 1979 which changed the California Constitution. Proposition 13 broke the covenance California into with the other states when it joined the Union. No other states followed California in making a like change to their constitution.
Nevertheless, it only took the lone state of California to deal a blow to the financial and monetary system of the United States, and to expose its government to greater and greater influence by "feudalist interests".
The Obama Administration is a natural outgrowth of the efforts by "feudalist" interests to gain the upper hand in governing the United States. As soon as the "feudalist interests" achieved control over the popular culture, what has happened so far, and what is going to happen under Obama is a foregone conclusion.
Is it any wonder that the "feudalist", controlling the popular media, would portray Lincoln and FDR, or for that matter Obama, in any other way then to serve their interests... ??? Of course not... ..
Posted by alvinroast on 12/10/12 12:32 PM
"It would seem to be indicating that something is to unfold in President Barack Obama's second term that may replicate some of the same sort of events that took place under FDR and Lincoln."
Don't forget about the role that the USS Abraham Lincoln may play in these events. I see the Lincoln films and video games also as part of the lead up to the loss of this vessel.
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Posted by Ol' Grey Ghost on 12/09/12 04:45 PM
"'Thanks for helping to disabuse the unwary public of fairy tale history. These leaders must be put in their places'
Yes, 6 feet under:)" - Danny B
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"Danny B. please cease with talk of violence. We don't believe in it and don't advocate it and neither should you. Education is the best weapon, as you must know as you have in many cases effectively educated yourself and are providing the benefits of that education via links ... "
Since we all end up in the place you recommended, to one degree or another, might I suggest that you use a warmer, though potentially mythical, location in the future so as to avoid any confusion...
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Posted by Don from the Republic of Lakotah on 12/09/12 01:08 AM
Don't laugh, but the bottom half of a blog named Shatner's Toupee ( Click to view link ) contains a comprehensive expose of mass media's collaboration with FDR's deceit. The blogger actually sympathizes with FDR, excusing presidential posing as a "necessary (and risky) illusion."
At a relatively young age, FDR never walked again.
"He would hold onto the the arm of his son with one hand and hold a simple cane in the other. Once again, heavy metal braces were locked in place on his legs. The son would be advised to smile and look relaxed at all times, and FDR presented the same facade of relaxed abandon. As far as the assembled crowds were concerned, FDR was back!"
"'No movies of me getting out of the machine, boys,' are FDR's once-spoken gentle-sounding words to reporters in 1928. From then on, remarkably, the press observed this 'unspoken code followed by the White House photography corps,' as Gallagher writes, adding:
If, as happened once or twice, one of its members tried to sneak a picture of the President in his [wheel]chair, one or another of the older photographers would 'accidentally' knock the camera to the ground or otherwise block the picture."
"And even the Nazis (likely because their view of eugenics would have been undermined by acknowledging a less-than-perfect human could become US president) mostly dared not go there as noted by this interesting article examining this very issue: Nazi cartoon of FDR - imperialist, yes; cripple, no... "
Posted by EdwardUlyssesCate on 12/08/12 10:37 PM
One more thing: You wrote:
"Today, we know that much of Hitler's military buildup and indeed his rise to power was supported by same Western financial forces that are today pursuing "the war on terror" and apparently for much the same reasons."
Right smack on the money. Most wars since the 1800s have been financed by the same type of sociopaths (bullies with means.) First the build up (go long); commence the fighting (after going short); finance the re-building (go long); and then finance the tearing-down (go short). Repeat.
Posted by EdwardUlyssesCate on 12/08/12 10:31 PM
The most interesting movies ever made would be about the puppet masters who controlled these Presidents and others, and how they actually did it. They'd be somewhat like "Billy Jack Goes To Washington." I'm sure that's as close as we'll ever get.
Posted by Craig on 12/08/12 10:06 PM
Well the centralisation of empire always leads to collapse, it's happened to all empires, this one is no different. It's the greed and decadence of the elite IMO that causes it, which relates back to the fear memes to fool the masses.
Posted by maryh4548 on 12/08/12 07:51 PM
Amazing insights. Does sound ominous. I would never have figured out this meme. Thanks for all!
Posted by taxesbyanyothername on 12/08/12 07:26 PM
Careful Danny. We don't need any American swat teams visiting Liechtenstein.
Posted by Danny B on 12/08/12 06:08 PM
"Thanks for helping to disabuse the unwary public of fairy tale history. These leaders must be put in their places"
Yes, 6 feet under:)
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Posted by Danny B on 12/08/12 04:51 PM
"But while everyone was picking apart these and other flaws in Obama's speech, they overlooked the most frightening line of all. That was when Obama promised that he'd pursue "the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one."
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Posted by Patrick_Henry on 12/08/12 04:35 PM
No Frank, unfortunately, you and the DB are spot on. Lincoln let this cat out of the bag with his reign of tyranny. It will never be fixed at the federal level. It's time for the south to rise again I think. 310 million people are not mangeable from Mordor on the Potomac river. We're completely out of scale now. It MUST be broken up into smaller, more manageable sized pieces IMHO.
Posted by Frank on 12/08/12 04:15 PM
I grew up thinking Lincoln & Roosevelt were our two greatest Presidents. When I finally awoke to the problem of our out-of-control, big government welfare/warfare/police state, I realized that our impending bankruptcy was greatly due to the ever expanding "New Deal" mentality started by Roosevelt. As I later became aware of our overbearing Federal Government stepping on our States Rights, personal rights & turning us into a police state, I had to reluctantly also agree that the prime culprit was originally Lincoln. Sadly, most Americans are unaware of all this. We will implode as a nation and collapse financially. I doubt if Americans will be aware for the reason of this collapse and will then instead opt for a One World Order, One World Currency & perpetual serfdom after the collapse. Am I being overly pessimistic for the once great USA?
Posted by 1776 on 12/08/12 03:40 PM
School Suxs: The American Way (Video)
Don't let the title fool you. This video is actually about how government-run schooling contributed to the rise of socialism, imperialism and eventually fascism in Germany between the 1890s and 1940s. Critical Thinking Question: In school we are led to believe that we are all living in an ideal vision of what society should be... But whose vision is it? And what were their ideals?
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Posted by Leviathanfighter on 12/08/12 03:27 PM
Thanks for helping to disabuse the unwary public of fairy tale history. These leaders must be put in their places. Too many people have an inflated view of their political leaders, while the ones who really make their countries go, the inventors, the entrepreneurs, the producers, the buyers and sellers, in short, people engaging in human/economic action, get short shrift. That's looking through the wrong end of the telescope. Politicians don't make countries go, the people do.
Posted by nervo on 12/08/12 02:58 PM
Interesting: nothing about 9-11, nothing about two treasonously stolen elections - 2000 & '04, nothing about the treason committed in lying the country into the War Crime in Iraq, nothing about the Patriot Act, nothing about squandering a 1.5 TRILLION dollar surplus by giving it to the rich, nothing about TWO TRILLION squandered in "The War on Terror, Nothing about the purposeful manslaughetr of 18000 American citizens in Katrina's aftermath, nothing about a million dead Irai non combatants, nothing about the ongoing & treasonous voter suppression by the rethugnican party, nothing about the malevolent creation of the Tea Party by the Koch Bros, nothing about the poisonous effects of Citizens United.
And, nothing about the carefully manufactured and timed economic collapse (the 30 year cycle of "profit taking by the corporate thugs who are really running the world economy) and the theft of 25 TRILLION of OUR money. Not only are you BUGSHIT NUTS, you're profoundly dishonest & hypocritical. "World Government" is being implemented by the corporate thugs you lionize. It's all called Fascism - or as Mussolini correctly identified it, Corporatism. Spend 4 hours with Adam Curtis' Century of the Self. Just for starters. Tehn, maybe, Shock Doctrine. Then maybe, Trading with the Enemy. Just for starters, Tony... ... ... ... ..
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Posted by 1776 on 12/08/12 02:07 PM
Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It
I purchased an original copy of this book from a used bookstore years ago. J. Edgar Hoover is another in the long list of conservative America-firsters that have been vilified by the Democratic Mainstream Media. He gives a mound of evidence in this book about Communist/Socialist front organizations that were either infiltrated or founded by communists from the 1920's to the late 1950's when this book was written. This book should be a must-read for every high school student in America so they can identify their tricks and tactics. Unfortunately, with how our national Republican and Democratic Representatives trample on the Constitution, it may be too late.
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Posted by budwood on 12/08/12 01:18 PM
To be great, a USA president must start a war.