Ever wonder how FDR handled disloyal Americans? Not just the complainers. Then as now, everyone bitched and grumbled. But then as now, we had some genuine traitors who were actively and concretely supporting the enemy and its ideology.Here's
a 2-minute segment from a March 1942 news broadcast on WBBM, a major Chicago station that is still going strong. The first bit is about Father Coughlin, who had begun as a normal populist, mainly agreeing with FDR's welfare programs, but later veered off into pure Fascism and hatred of Jews. Note that the Post Office was ordered to stop mailing Coughlin's newsletter, and the Department of Justice convened a grand jury to investigate other 'Axis propagandists'.And here's
a Wiki entry on Coughlin, which doesn't mention the event in this broadcast.
The modern equivalent, of course, would be shutting down CNN, which has become our most active and virulent spewer of pure treason. You couldn't use the modern Department of Justice, though, because it is only interested in protecting Mohammedans. You'd never in a million years get DOJ to operate against
The rest of the news segment is less dramatic. It's about a Republican National Committee meeting in Chicago, which agreed to support the war effort fully and to turn away from previous isolationist tendencies. Those isolationists (like Charles Lindbergh) had been uncomfortably close to Coughlin's populism, and had been associated with anti-Semitism.
Modern equiv: Think of how the DNC would react if Bush shut down CNN and convened a grand jury to investigate other seditious organizations. I'll bet the Dems would suddenly find all sorts of good reasons to turn away from isolationism, eject Keith Ellison from Congress, and cease supporting Abu Barack Hussein Obama.