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Charles Lindbergh's Anti-Interventionist Speech

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    Everyone knows Charles Lindbergh for his infamous flight from Paris to New York City back in 1927, but I have to admit that I was not taught much about his strident anti-war stance leading up to America's entry into World War II. I recently recently came across an ominous speech that he gave on September 11, 1941, just a few months before the Pearl Harbor attack that ushered America's entry into that terrible war. In it he lambasted the rush to war that was taking place in the States and explained in detail why America should stay as far away from it as possible.

    The speech was met with outrage throughout America, but when you listen to his words one can't help but be amazed how much many of them still ring true to this day. He lambasted the propaganda machine calling for war and the interventionists that "have tried to hide facts and confuse issues." And he went in detailed terms as to why he believed the American people should stay out of the war. On the other side, he did seem to trivialize the Jewish plight of the time and suggested that their "large ownership and influence in our motion pictures, our press, our radio and our government" has corrupted the average American.

    I would guess that this speech is as controversial today as it was when he gave it back in 1941. Thoughts on this speech and Mr. Lindbergh's anti-interventionist stance in World War II?

    You can read the speech here: http://www.charleslindbergh.com/americanfirst/speech.asp