When Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, wrote his book, The International Jew, he did not know that I would one day be writing this commentary. Most likely, he had other things on his mind. I would not be born until 1960. 2012 would not come for a while so he could write all day and all night without a care– undisturbed by me until now. True, lots have been said about Ford in the past. I bet one could fill up several parking garages with the books and articles of praise written about the man who got America moving. So what’s new about the ol’ guy. One could say that Ford’s motor company built things that were driven, like him. And not just cars but ideas–written ideas that people could read. And, oh, how he must have worked tirelessly till he wrote this stuff, articles and more, that expressed what it must have meant to be him. Writings that would one day be looked at by me who would in turn realize a few things about him–writings like The International Jew: The World’s Problem.
Within Henry Ford’s words one almost feels an air of frenzied ecstasy; Ford deeply loves America’s founding fathers it would seem. He sounds almost giddy– snowed under with just the thought of those guys. As well as he should be for they are the freaking founding fathers for Christ’s sake! It’s all about those Constitution signers for whom we can see Ford writing with so much glee. One can conceive of him stepping out of a Model-T with more honking and whistling and flag waving than mere mortals can ascend to. Understand that Ford’s founding fathers were far from your average Joes according to him; they were superhuman even. In the manner he salutes these gods-like ones one can almost draw him kneeling and perhaps shining his ol’ nipples with his own words because it’s the O my God, founding (I’m-about-to-crap-my-pants) fathers whom he, Henry Ford, is writing about. They were not just guys who signed a piece of paper, you know.
“We often speak of the Fathers as if they were the few who happened to affix their signatures to a great document which marked a new era of liberty. The Fathers of our nation were the men of the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic race. The men who came from Europe with civilization in their blood and in their destiny.
I love it. I love it when men snatch destiny which differs, in my opinion, to simply getting stuck with fate. With fate you have no choice; it’s going to happen to you. But with destiny you always have a choice whether to go with it or not; you gotta have money to have destiny. Ford’s Founding Fathers were not relegated to the confines of meager, puny, not worth mentioning fate– which would have sucked– they were destined.
“The men who crossed the Atlantic and set up civilization on a bleak and rock-bound coast; the men who drove north to Alaska and west to California; the men who opened up the tropics and subdued the arctics; the men who mastered the African veldt; the men who peopled Australia and seized the gates of the world at Suez, Gibraltar and Panama; men who have given form to every government and a livelihood to every people and an ideal to every century.”
Everyone reading Ford’s words should be bulging with intense national pride about right now and bellowing out America the Beautiful with tears in their eyes. The Founding Fathers according to Ford gave “form to every government and livelihood to every people and ideal to every century.” Wow! Henry, is that America in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
“They got neither their God nor their religion from Judah, nor yet their speech nor their creative genius- they are the Ruling People. Chosen throughout the centuries to Master the world, by building it ever better and better, and not by breaking it down.” – Henry Ford
Uh-oh, (Gong) in this last bit Ford seems to have dropped the US flag he was waving. For you see. Ford was a historical figure himself, a man of the industrial age, a hero, an assembly-line man; yet above all else, he believed strongly in the master race. Along with making great cars, he was a maker of that BS. Goebbels loved Ford’s writings as Ford was pouring in a good bit of his fortune toward the Nazi war. Ford had convinced himself that the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic race were chosen or were destined to be “Masters of the World.”
Ford’s relation to the KKK is written about by Jonathan R. Logsdon in “Power, Ignorance, and Anti-Semitism:”
” An emerging factor in the country at the this time, whose anti-Semitism seemed to mirror Ford’s own, was the Ku Klux Klan. The Grand Lodge Order of Birth Abraham announced their belief that Ford was behind the organization and was their sponsor. It is certainly true that Ford had the Klan’s support. Klansmen used his publications in speeches and distributed them at rallies. An official Klan announcement in 1923 proclaimed that the Klan knew of no better fitted man in America for the office of president than Henry Ford. Ford”s position on the Klan was more ambiguous. I think the Ku Klux Klan is un-American, he was quoted as saying, and if I were to join any organization it would be one that wouldn’t require me to wear a mask. However, when a reader wrote to the Independent inquiring whether Ford favored the Klan, he was referred to a November 5, 1921 article. The article presented the Klan in a sympathetic light as a misunderstood organization. The Independent had received a personal thank you note from the Imperial Emperor King Kleagle for that particular article. Another issue of the Independent pointed out that it was not without reason that the Klan was undergoing a revival in Georgia and that Jews were excluded from membership.”
If this is not troubling, well, it should be. How we pick American Heroes is important because we are still mass-producing heroes, and hopefully not heroes like Ford.
What kind of things did Henry Ford blame on Jews?
Throughout The Dearborn Independent, Ford published articles that would refer to Jews in every possible context as at the root of America and the world’s ills. Strikes: It was the Jews. Any kind of financial scandal? The Jews. Agricultural depression? The Jews. So “the Jew,” in a way, became the symbol of a world that was being manipulated and controlled. – Hasia Diner
If one was listening closely to the 2016 presidential candidates, some sounded a bit like Ford. Take note on whom they attack? The language of anti-political correctness is a yearning to be free like Ford, coded differently. Our politicans still say the same thing as Ford wrote in his day. Yet, unlike Ford though who was straight out and without embarrassment, these new guys want to just come out and say “blacks” or “the poor” can still be made to lighten up statements when pressed for votes. Granted, maybe there is not so much the unabashed language of anti-semitism today but other groups are demonized and blamed for whatever. I guess some people feel because of their political party, economical system, and Church membership that they have signed up for the inheritance of the Earth.
That is all that will be necessary. It is against this that the Jews protest. “You must not identify us,” they say, “You must not use the term ‘Jew’.” Why? Because unless the Jewish idea can creep in under the assumption of other than Jewish origin, it is doomed. Anglo-Saxon ideas dare proclaim themselves and their origin. A proper proclamation is all that is necessary today. Compel every invading idea to run up its flag! – Ford
And here’s the kicker, a person or a race’s destiny can, has, and will lead to millions of other peoples’ fates. Ford’s writings were some of the recommended readings for fascist school children in the 1930s. Fascism is not pretty. The future of it will be even more ugly. But we continue lusting for it for some reason. I don’t think we should. Fascism with anti-Semitism, or anti-somebody, do not always go together but often that’s what you smell first. .
Thinking about Ford, I don’t think I would have liked Ford. I don’t think I like the sound of his Founding Fathers either. Likewise, I also think that Ford would not like me if he were alive today. And that thought makes me glad.
- How Henry Ford’s Family Still Controls Ford (dailyfinance.com)
- Alternate History: What If Henry Ford, and Not Edsel, Had Died Young? (thetruthaboutcars.com)
- 21 Quotes from Henry Ford on Business, Leadership and Life (forbes.com)
- The rise and fall of Detroit: was Henry Ford to blame? (independent.co.uk)
- Henry Ford’s Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match (huffingtonpost.com)