Henry Wallace: Anti-Fascist Jeremiah?

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Henry A. Wallace, 33rd Vice President of the United States

“P*ss on my leg, but don’t tell me it’s rainin'” was the earthy language my father employed whenever he suspected someone was trying to sell him a rhetorical bill of goods.

Well, it appears the Editorial Board of the New York Times is p*ssing again on our legs – or, to employ more polite language, pulling off another editorial sham. It ran a lamentation today – column almost strikes me as a bit an understatement in this context – by Henry Scott Wallace, grandson of two-term Vice President Henry A. Wallace, the so-called “American dreamer,” who served under FDR but was ultimately sacked and replaced by Truman to run in the 1944 election.

Henry Scott Wallace lauds his grandfather as a prophet decades ahead of his time. He cites a paper written by his long-deceased grandfather that painted a vivid picture of a future privileged leader who uses the seductive language of “super nationalism” to dupe millions and to ascend to power. And this figure, the younger Wallace contends, bears an uncanny resemblance to our current president, Donald J. Trump.

Yet, here’s the part that the younger Wallace and the New York Times conveniently leave out: Vice President Wallace maintained ties to Soviet Russia that arguably put Trump’s alleged Russian connections to shame. Indeed, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover repeatedly warned FDR that Wallace had strong connections not only with reputed Hollywood communists but also with Soviet operatives in Russia.

Moreover, historian John L. Gladdis discovered that Wallace regularly reported to the Kremlin from 1945 to 1946, while he was serving in the Truman administration. As the Progressive Party presidential candidate in 1948, he deliberately sabotaged an effort by the Truman administration to redress Soviet-American relations. Truman had previously fired Wallace following an address at Madison Square Garden in which he berated the Truman administration for excessive anti-communism.

Wallace’s Progressive Party was widely regarded as a community of Soviet fellow travelers. As its nominee, Wallace called for unilateral disarmament, an end to the draft, and the termination of the Marshall Plan, which many credit with saving Western Europe from encroaching Soviet Communism.

Incidentally, Wallace’s sordid history of collusion with Russia is explored in detail in an article by Conrad M. Black titled “The Real Henry Wallace,” which was featured in National Review, Jan. 17, 2013.

Honestly, I occasionally wonder about the the Editorial Board of the New York Times. Are they really this ignorant of history, or do that they just assume an appalling gullibility on the part of their readers?

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About Jim Langcuster

A Southern late-Baby Boomer whose post-retirement focus is on building a post-racial, post-Confederate Southern regional identity. If the election of 2016 underscored one thing, it is that this country is intractably divided and that radical devolution of power to localities and states is the only way to save the American Union.
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