Dr. Gary North’s terrific LRC article today on the 80th anniversary of FDR’s masterfully deceptive 1932 campaign speech indicting Herbert Hoover as a reckless big spender was perfectly timed for this present election cycle. Franklin “Duplicitous” Roosevelt was indeed the one mortal who seriously challenged an earlier claimant for the title of “the father of lies.” I want to call LRC readers attention to two other world-class whoopers from that Hyde Park Huckster. They are, of course, (1) the deceptions and deceit surrounding Pearl Harbor and America’s entrance into WWII, and (2) Roosevelt and his chief physician lying about the state of his health during his final years in the White House.
In 2010, journalist Eric Fettmann and neurologist Steven Lomazow published FDR’s Deadly Secret. The book generated widespread shock and astonishment from mainstream media sources disturbed at the book’s controversial thesis that metastatic cancer from a melanoma over the president’s left eyebrow was responsible for FDR’s death, and not the purported reasons the public had been given in April of 1945.
However none of these clueless MSM reviewers noted that in 1948 the celebrated Doctor Emanuel M. Josephson had earlier written The Strange Death of Franklin D. Roosevelt: A History of the Roosevelt-Delano Dynasty — America's Royal Family, where he first outlined the melanoma scenario (with a surprising twist).
Josephson was a great independent researcher and anti-establishment muckraker. He was a particular favorite of Murray Rothbard for his utilization of an early primitive version of power elite analysis (e. g., see "Only One Heartbeat Away" in the September 1974 edition of The Libertarian Forum). Josephson was a sworn enemy of the Morgans, the Rockefellers, FDR and the New Deal, the Communists, the Nazis, the Socialists, the Fascists, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Fed. He traced the origins of what Rothbard later dubbed "the welfare-warfare state" to Otto von Bismarck and Karl Marx ("Bismarxism").
FDR was gravely ill the last two years of his life. His duplicity regarding his true medical condition was engineered for his 1944 run for the office he had held since 1933. We now know that if Roosevelt had died in 1943 or 1944 (which was not out of the range of probability) his controversial vice president Henry Wallace had already prepared a tentative cabinet, choosing for secretary of state Lawrence Duggin, and Harry Dexter White (co-architect with John Maynard Keynes of the Bretton Woods monetary regime) for treasury secretary. Both Duggin and White were later revealed as Soviet espionage agents, two of the hundreds unearthed working for Stalin during the New Deal/WWII years.