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Has Thuggery Invaded the Republic?

Catholic Church's New International Views









By Lt. Col. Joe Kress

July 26, 2014

In 1938 Winston Churchill made the following statement about entry of the United States into World War I: "America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn't entered the war, the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism; no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would have signed the Versailles Treaty which enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war all these 'isms' wouldn't today be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British. French, American and other lives." (Note: #1)

The Presidents

Woodrow Wilson

Just a few of our U.S Presidents' had personal lives that were not morally pristine, They had sexual affairs which received the attention of the press and in one particular case caused blackmail that led to the U.S. involvement in WW I. Most citizens today probably never read the history or viewed the newspaper headlines during Woodrow Wilson's affair with a married woman. The front page banners labeled him as "Pecks Bad Boy." It was Grover Cleveland, a Republican President who supported Wilson in his appointment as president of Princeton University in 1902. By 1908, Wilson's progressive ideas alienated Cleveland who branded Wilson intellectually dishonest. According to newspaper accounts, Wilson, while at Princeton, was leading an adulterous life and it was widely known that the publicity caused the University's board of directors reportedly to privately issue an official notice that it would be desirable for him to resign, (Note#2)

(Note#1 and # 2: American Manifest Destiny and the Holocausts, Conrad Greib, Page 33 and 39.)

That was the reason why Wilson was enthusiastic to obtain the nomination as Governor of New Jersey. He was elected and served from 1911 to 1913.

Wilson's wife, felt betrayed and disgraced and divorced him because of his affair with Mrs. Peck. Mrs. Peck was the wife of a Princeton professor who later divorced her. She later married a Mr. Hulburt who had a grown son and they lived in Washington, DC. The relationship between Wilson and the then Mrs. Hulburt evidently didn't just end. The scuttlebutt in Washington circles that Wilson was leading an immoral life with a woman employed in the Department of Commerce by the name of Peck, not Hulburt to whom she was married...hence the label: Pecks Bad Boy was taken from a book with that title that was popular across the country.

Now, here is where the story becomes really interesting. Mr. Hulbert's son got himself in deep du du because he embezzled $40,000 from a bank were he worked and the bank allowed him to return the money to avoid bad publicity or go to prison He couldn't repay the money so Mrs. Hulbert approached her paramour, the President, regarding her stepson. Woodrow responded that he didn't have that amount of money and then things became really dicey for him. The little lady strong armed her lover with the threat that unless he came up with the scratch she would publish all the love letters that he wrote to he during their years together.

The president panicked and contacted a friend of his, a Mr.Untenmeyer, who had connections with the Jewish community to see what could be done. Soon, a Mr. Pulmuter returned and stated that the $40,000 would be given to the President. He also suggested that the President appoint to the Supreme Court a. Boston lawyer, Louis Demblitz Brandeis, an ardent Zionist. On January 16, 1916, President Wilson submitted his name to the Senate for confirmation. Because of the strong objections, it took until June 5th. Brandies was a power influence over the president and for good reason. Braindeis had connections with the Zionist in Britain's War Cabinet Office and with Sir Mark Sykes who was mentioned several times in the book Lawrence of Arabia as a key go between the Zionists in Palestine and his high government contacts both in France and Great Britain. In Mr. J.M.N. Jeffries book "Front Everywhere" as a foreign correspondent during WW I he quoted a passage in a Mr. Lanman's article (World Jewry, Feb.22 and March 1936) He writes: "' After an understanding had been arrived at between Sir Mark Sykes and Weizmann and Sokolov, it was resolved to send a secret message to Justice Brandeis that the British Cabinet would help the Jews to gain Palestine in return for active Jewish sympathy and for support in the U.S,A, for the Allied Cause.'" Which meant promoting World War that would involve the U.S.A. which it did in 1917. The Balfour Declaration was approved also in 1917 to establish after the War, a British Protectorate as a part of Palestine for the planned Jewish State.

Warren G. Harding 1921-23

29th President of the United States was caught in a sex scandal with his mistress, Carrie Fulton Phillips from 1910 to 1920. The affair occurred while he was Lt. Governor of Ohio and as U.S. senator for Ohio. The proof of his adultery were in 100 love letters between them. The letter ceased just before Harding assumed the presidency in 1921. The correspondence remained sealed until now due to the efforts of the Harding family to salvage the reputation of their often criticized ancestor. They were locked in a closet by Phillips herself for over 35 years until they +were discovered by her lawyer after her death. The Harding relatives sued to keep them private. They turned the letters to the library of Congress to be sealed for 50 years. Recently they were made available and they were steamy to say the least.

Although much has been said about Harding regarding his appointments, the fact is he was betrayed many times which led to scandals not of his doing or involvement, the most notable was the Texas Oil Tea POT Dome Scandal. Charges of patronage and wrongdoing sidetracked the president's agenda early in his administration. The accusations later proved to be true. In the wake of scandals and his untimely death, while still in office, Harding's domestic achievements lost what little luster they had.
PBS Presidential Biographies

"Warren Harding took office promising to undo many of the progressive policies of Woodrow Wilson's administration. Ushering in an era of conservative Republicanism, Harding wasted little time in cutting taxes on higher incomes and raising tariff rates. However, charges of patronage and wrongdoing sidetracked the agenda and his untimely death.


He immediately cut taxes and raised tariff rates.

Sheppard-Towner Maternity and Infancy Act Health Granted matching federal funds to states for maternal and children.

Cable Act allowed an American woman to maintain her citizenship following marriage to an alien.

1922 Fordney-McCumber Tariff Act Increased tariffs from Emergency Tariff Act
1922 Capper-Volstead Ac t allowed farmers to buy and sell cooperatively without the risk of prosecution

Budget and Accounting Act Government Reform/Organized the federal government's accounts. Established the Bureau of the budget revenue raised tariffs, especially on farm products 1921

1921: Emergency Quota Act :Immigration: Limited the number of immigrants from any given country to 3 percent of that nation
1921: Emergency Tariff Act Raised tariffs, especially on farm products


Harding's short term as president prevented him from crafting a distinctive foreign policy and from making peace arrangements in the Pacific. His style was to defer to Congress as much as possible. The Washington Disarmament Conference of 1921 is a good example. The conference, which succeeded in reducing the navies of the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Japan, and Italy, came at the insistence of the Senate, not the administration.

Calvin Coolidge: 1923-29

He was known as "Silent Cal," but when he did speak it had impact. The scandals of the Harding Administration rocked the country after Coolidge took office, but they did not touch Coolidge himself. Early in 1924, he accepted the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Denby and forced the resignation of Attorney General Daugherty. To deal with future scandals, he appointed two future Supreme Court Justices: Owen J. Roberts as special prosecutor and Harlen F. Stone as Attorney General, he summed up, " let the guilty be punished.

He vetoed the general increase in pensions for veterans of all wars and his veto was upheld by congress. As his term ended. he was entirely supported by the Republican Party while the Democrat Party was split between Governor Al Smith of New York (a Catholic) and William G. McAdoo of the Democrat Southern wing supported by the Ku Klux Klan. Coolidge won a full term as president in his own right.

Domestically, he was economically prudent and substantially reduced the national debt. He did have a deaf ear for the problems of the American farmer in favor of encouraging the boom on Wall Street,

Internationally in the field of foreign affairs Coolidge's Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg won the 1929 Noble Peace Prize for negotiating the Kellogg Briand Pact outlawing war. In 1928, he decided that he did not wish to run for a second term: " I do not choose for President in 1928" a quote he is most remembered from history books.

Herbert Clark Hoover 1929-33

Of nearly all former presidents up until his time in office, none appeared more qualified and more involved in saving humanity,

Born 1874 August 10) in West Branch, Iowa. a son of a black Smith.

He worked 8 different jobs while attending Stanford and graduated from Stanford University (1891-95) with an AB degree in engineering.

1897-98 Managed gold mining operations in Australia
1899-1900 General Manager of the Chinese engineering and mining firm.
1901-08 Partner in a British engineering firm, traveling throughout the world.
1908-14 Headed own engineering firm supervising projects in many countries.
1914-17 Chairman of the Commission for Relief in Belgium. WW I ended his career as an engineer by opening a new one for him as a humanitarian and public servant.
1917-19 United State Food Administrator.
1921-28 Secretary of Commerce under Harding and Coolidge.
1929-33 Thirty-first President of the United States
1946-49 Headed various government commissions appointed by President Truman
1953-55 Headed a ommissionn0n reorganization of the federal government, appointed by President Eisenhower.

1964 (October 20) Died in New York City.

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In his inaugural address, his was a rosy optimism. He proposed the goals of the preservation of self-government and its full foundations in local government, the perfection of justice whether economic or in social fields, the maintenance of ordered liberty, the denial of domination by any group or class the building up and preservation of equality of opportunity, the stimulation of initiative and individuality; absolute integrity in public affairs, the choice of officials on their fitness in office; the direction of economic progress toward prosperity and the further lessening of poverty; the freedom of public opinion; the sustaining of education and of the advancement of knowledge; the growth of religious spirit and the tolerance of all faiths, the strengthening of the home; the advancement of peace. It was a program to put the final finishing touches on a near-perfect society.

Hoover recalled that during the prior fourteen years, The Wilson Administration had been absorbed by problems involving war. The Harding Administration had been concerned with economic reconstruction after the war. Mr. Coolidge was reluctant to undertake much that either was new or cost money. Thus, Hoover intended his administration to be a progressive reform regime.

So what went wrong?

To be continued....

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The "Curmudgeon," Joseph H. Kress, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) obtain a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in economics and minor in accounting.

He served in England and Viet Nam where he received the Bronze Star during the TET Offensive, then he was appointed Chief of Supply for two state-side assignments; the DOD's Defense Disposal Agency where he was chief of disposal operations for all of Southeast Asia, based at CINCPAC Headquarters in Hawaii. He retired from Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio as chief of supply with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the age of 52, and now he and his wife reside in Summerville, S.C.

Since leaving the military, he was involved in political campaigns, writing articles for the local papers, and as a realtor.





In 1938 Winston Churchill made the following statement about entry of the United States into World War I: "America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn't entered the war, the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917.