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A tribute to Herbert Hoover, the anti-Fascist

By Ben-Peter Terpstra - posted Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Herbert Hoover, who had the misfortune to be in office when the stock market crashed in 1929, has taken far too much blame for the Depression, which Franklin Delano Roosevelt managed to prolong over a decade, until entry into World War II ended unemployment.

Question: was President Herbert Hoover an insensitive isolationist? I'd say it's a question of perspective, really, of open-minded researchers looking at the whole man. But, who am I to think?

As an Australian, I admire Hoover, the young geologist/engineer. The brave Republican was also a pioneer. He worked in Australia for some time. And, thanks to men like Hoover, Australia is a relatively rich mining nation.


Indeed, if my nation's wild deserts don't break you, they will shape you. It takes character to work in extreme conditions, but Iowa's famous orphan was up to the task.

Hoover's humanitarian works in Tianjin, China, during the Boxer Rebellion, were also notable, and because the Republican's independent streak never left him, Washington's elites were evidently gob smacked, as seen below.

Herbert Hoover, the Republican Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Democrat
Race: In 1924, Hoover maintains that America's anti-Japanese immigration quotas are wrong, full stop. Race: During WWII, FDR sends Japanese families to "internment camps" while many white Germans are free to play, and travel.
Integrity: Hoover disdains anti-Semitic jokes, and stands against tricks "to smuggle fascism into America through a back door". Integrity: Like so many Democrats, President Roosevelt adopts a fondness for anti-Semitic jokes.
War II: Hoover is not against all wars, but against Roosevelt's handling of the war, and shares John F. Kennedy's concerns. War II: FDR often falls out with Churchill, makes a series of costly blunders, and falls in love with Stalin.

Furthermore, the International News Service reported in Berlin (March 8, 1938) that:

For the first time in his career, Reichsfuehrer Adolph Hitler today heard from an American statesman a forthright denunciation of Nazism as a practical and enduring force in world affairs.

The detractor, speaking straight from the shoulder, was Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st president of the United States, who spent 40 minutes in private with the Fuehrer ...

The piece also noted that:


Without mincing words, Hoover bluntly informed Hitler that the United States will never become reconciled to understanding or even having the slightest tolerance for Nazism as a political and national creed.

He states further that American ideals reject the fundamental principles on which the Nazi regime is based and upon which it flourishes ...

Be aware, however, that Democrats are good at hiding reports about brave Republicans. So, if you don't know about Hoover, the anti-fascist, then start looking under your floorboards.

Indeed, the Republican president's upbringing (below) is just as far off the elite's radar screen.

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First published in American Thinker on February 23, 2008.

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Ben-Peter Terpstra has provided commentary for The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.), NewsReal Blog (Los Angeles), Quadrant (Sydney), and Menzies House (Adelaide).

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