Thursday, August 25, 2005

American Fascisti Legion

Alvin Owsley 1923 Commander in Chief of the American Legion:

"If ever needed the American Legion stands ready to protect our
country's institutions and ideals as the Fascisti dealt with the
destructionists who menaced Italy."

Asked whether that meant taking over the government, he replied:

"Exactly that. The American Legion is fighting every element that
threatens our democratic government-soviets, anarchists, I.W.W.,
revolutionary socialists and every other Red ... Do not forget that the
Fascisti are to Italy what the American Legion is to the United States."

In the 1930s several of its leaders, including its original bankroller
Irenee Du Pont, plotted a fascist coup against the Government of
Franklin D. Roosevelt called the Business Plot.

Owsley also invited Mussolini to speak at almost every yearly convention
of the Legion during his time at it's helm.

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