A PATRIOT LOOKS AT WORLD WAR II | 2002-07-27
Patriotic Americans before Pearl Harbor took one of two positions on the war. What they wanted most was for the United States to stay out of it, especially after Churchill allied himself with Stalin so enthusiastically.
Another possibility some conservatives considered was joining a REAL fight for freedom. That would have been a war against Hitler, but it would also have been an alliance against the Peace Loving Democratic Peoples' Republics under America's Hero, Joseph Stalin.
My father wanted to stop aid to Britain and Russia. If we didn't stop aid, he wanted to use it against both our enemies.
My father said we should aid Stalin until his forces entered Germany and then aid Hitler until his forces came within easy range of Moscow, and then to back Stalin and so on until both were exhausted. Chris Matthews or a modern conservative would call that idea treason.
It was called treason after the United States got into the war. My father was told that if he didn't shut up, they would close his plant down. He told them, "You can shut me down but you can't shut me up."
Back then America was still a free country