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The 1928 Presidential Election

In 3 previous historical articles, we have looked at 3 major milestones in the demise of Papal Rome, namely the defeat of the "Invincible" Spanish Armada, the Glorious Dutch Revolution of 1688, and the fall of the Papal States in 1870....Those three defeats happened in the Old World . . . while the fourth happened in the New....We are referring to the U.S. Presidential election of 1928.

The 1928 U.S. Presidential election was one of the most crucial events in the entire history of the United States . . . if not the entire world!!

In 1870, Rome was liberated by Italian patriots and the Papal States were gone forever. The Pope was a self declared "prisoner" in the HUGE Vatican palace and the flow of silver and gold (real money) into the Vatican was greatly restricted by Italian customs.

The Pope REFUSED to accept the loss of the Papal States....As early as 1864, he published a Syllabus of Errors in which he said that it was a serious ERROR for Roman Catholics to say that he should not be a temporal monarch or king and have his own states:

76. The abolition of the temporal power of which the Apostolic See is possessed would contribute in the greatest degree to the liberty and prosperity of the Church. —Allocutions "Quibus quantisque," April 20, 1849, "Si semper antea," May 20, 1850. (Condemned as error).

As a result, Pope Pius IX ordered millions of Roman Catholics to emigrate to the United States; take over the government, and use the vast economic and military potential of our beloved country in a hopeless attempt to recover the lost Papal States!!

Over 40 years had passed since the fall of the Papal States, and now it was time to haul in the net and land the big FISH....That meant a Roman Catholic President who would restore the Pope to his former glory . . . with the ARMS of the United States....That is ARMS as in military . . . not alms as in charity for the poor!!

The chosen one for this mission impossible was Alfred Emanuel Smith or "Al" Smith as he was more commonly known. Al was a product of the parochial school system and the notoriously corrupt Tammany Hall in New York City.

Smith's quest for the White House began in 1918 when his sponsors sent him to Albany as New York State governor.

Governor Alfred E. Smith (1973-1944).

Governor Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944).


Tammany Hall in New York City was the home of the Smith political machine.

Tammany Hall in New York City was the home of the corrupt Smith political machine.

In June 1928, Smith was officially nominated for the Presidency by the Democratic party in Houston, Texas:

"On the night of Thursday, June 28, 1928, the Democratic convention met to choose its candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. In those days etiquette required that top contenders stay home from any convention that might nominate them, so back in Albany, a new radio had been installed in the executive mansion. Al and the family sat glued, listening in every night until after midnight, sometimes going to bed as late as 4:00 A.M. This was the first time in history that a major party's meeting had been broadcast coast to coast on a radio network, and everyone commented that Houston was coming in so clear, it was like the convention was taking place right there in the parlor." (Slayton, Empire Statesman, p. 256).

To help him in the coming critical election, Al Smith was given "divine" aid by being made a secret Cardinal. This picture of Al with his fellow Cardinals was from the New York Times of 1926.

Smith and his fellow Cardinals on the steps of city hall in NYC in 1926. Al Smith is in the center.

Smith and his fellow Cardinals on the steps of city hall in NYC in 1926. Al Smith is in the center.

Al was totally subservient to the hierarchy in Rome—had unlimited financing—and it was only 4 short months until the Presidential election.

Al Smith campaigning for the Presidency from a train.

Al Smith campaigning for the Presidency from a train.


Al Smith and Joe Robinson, U.S. senator from Arkansas, his running mate in 1928.

Al Smith and Joe Robinson, U.S. senator from Arkansas, his running mate in 1928.

Joe Robinson would later die from a heart attack while trying to help FDR pack the Supreme Court.

The President is commander in chief of the armed forces and Al Smith as President would have ordered a U.S. invasion of Italy and DEMANDED that the Italians restore the temporal power!!

Patriotic citizens mobilized to stop Smith

At that time, patriotism was not dead in the hearts of most U.S. people....An army of loyal citizens—armed with the Bible and the Constitution—quickly mobilized and saturated the country with Protestant literature. One of the most prominent and diligent workers for the Lord was William Lloyd Clark from Milan, Illinois.

William Lloyd Clark (1869 - 1935).


William Lloyd Clark and his mobile pulpit.

William Lloyd Clark and his mobile pulpit.

William Lloyd Clark was the publisher of the Rail Splitter Press in Milan, Illinois. The ancestors of this GREAT scholar and patriot came to the United States from Hibernia—the land of St. Patrick—around 1820.

He was an army of ONE: a reformer, reporter, writer, editor, printer, lecturer who covered the country both in person and with his anti-Roman books....During his 40 year career he authored over 140 books with a circulation of 100,000,000 worldwide.

Riots, imprisonments, tumults, accompanied him where ever he went but he persevered and stopped Smith from gaining the White House.

False informmation was spread by the Knights of Columbus that a Smith victory would mean the transfer of the Papal throne from Rome to Washington City, and that the Pope would rule the world from there:

"As soon as Mr. Smith gets established at Washington and puts the right men in the various offices and has the army and navy ready, we of course plan to bring His Holiness over and establish him at the White House at Washington, where, with the immense resources of Catholic America—backed by the army and navy—he can assume his rightful position as ruler of the world. We have succeeded in isolating England politically from all her former allies and she must soon capitulate "afterwards." All militant sons of the church will be expected to hold themselves ready to go to Washington and overcome any resistance any Protestants may make to the establishment of the Holy See there." (Williams, The Shadow of the Pope, p. 239).

This is of course crude disinformation as anybody who was familiar with the Syllabus knows that it is an error to say that the Pope can ever leave Rome:

35. There is nothing to prevent the decree of a general council, or the act of all peoples, from transferring the supreme pontificate from the bishop and city of Rome to another bishop and another city. —"Ad Apostolicae," Aug. 22, 1851. (Condemned as error).

The opposite was of course the truth with President Smith commanding the army and navy of the United States to restore the Papal States!!

Cartoon showing a Roman cabinet meeting in the White House.
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Cartoon showing a Roman cabinet meeting in the White House with "Alcohol" Smith serving the drinks.


The infamous 4th degree Knights of Columbus oath was posted widely during the 1928 campaign.
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The infamous 4th degree Knights of Columbus oath was posted widely during the 1928 campaign.

A letter to Mr. Clark from New York City.


"For three days prior to the election the papal church put on a big exhibit of anti-papal literature in one of the most prominent corners in New York City. As this exhibit placed before the people by the enemy has brought us many letters and subscriptions, I want to thank them for the service. When in the future Rome desires to make a display of patriotic literature we will, if she will notify us, help them by sending a liberal assortment of posters, tracts, pamphlets, etc. Here is the story well told in a letter from a New York friend: "One thing we can tell you: Tammany, Rascob & Co., New York City, hired the biggest corner store in the GENERAL MOTORS BUILDING, three days before election and held an exhibition free, of what they called 'LITERATURE OF INTOLERANCE AND BIGOTRY.' This was at 57th Street and Broadway, one of the most prominent corners in New York City. The literature was displayed on panels, where all could see and read. It was designed to arouse the Irish Catholics, etc., hereabouts. At the same time it was a wonderful advertisement for patriotic papers. There were two exhibits from The Rail Splitter. One was the Cardinal 'Al' Smith number, and the other the Cardinal 'Al' Smith leaflet." (Clark, My Battle with the Scarlet Beast, p. 29).

The Presidential results of 1928

For Rome, EVERYTHING was on the line in this do or die election....Even the souls in purgatory were promised a day's release if they would vote for Smith.

To the very last moment, the Democrats were sure of a Smith victory, especially in the South....Then the results started to come in and there was total gloom in the Smith camp:


Results of the 1928 Presidential election.
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Results of the 1928 Presidential election.


The outcome of the 1928 Presidential election was a disaster for Al Smith. He only won 8 states out of 48 and didn't even carry his own state of New York.:

" But an even more stunning disappointment came when they learned that New York State seemed lost to the Democrats by a very close vote. Roosevelt's lieutenants, Ed Flynn and James A. Farley, sent off wires instructing party workers to watch late returns from upstate closely. As the evening wore on, however, the truth was borne in upon Smith; his face turned gray as his confidence ebbed. It was one thing to lose, to lose honorably against overwhelming odds, but to be repudiated by his own party in the South, and in his own state, was bitter indeed. He was reported to have said grimly, "Well the time hasn't come yet when a man can say his beads in the White House." (Josephson, Al Smith, p. 398).

The only bright side for Al Smith was that his protégé, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, replaced him as governor of New York State.

The Jesuits were furious when Al Smith lost the White House

The Jesuits were furious when "Cardinal" Al Smith was rejected. This was her one big chance to restore the lost Papal States and it ended up as a complete failure.

Her first act of revenge was to burn the home of Mr. Clark to the ground.

Clark home in Milan, Illinois.

Clark home in Milan, Illinois.


Clark home after the fire in Jan. 1929.

Clark home after the fire in Jan. 1929.

Jesuits burned Mr. Clark's house to the ground on Jan. 1929. All its contents, including thousands of very rare volumes, were destroyed.

The Lateran Treaty

The Vatican desperately wanted the return of the Papal States, or at least a corridor to the sea from Rome. With the election defeat, they had to settle for 10 acres in Rome called Vatican City State.

In February 1929, the Vatican signed the Lateran Treaty with Mussolini, granting the Vatican 110 acres, to be known as Vatican City State. This was all they could hope for with the loss of the U.S. election. It was a very poor compromise, as it did not give the Vatican their own airport and access to the sea. Everything passing into Vatican City State still had to go through Italian customs.

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Benito Mussolini reads his credentials prior to signing the Lateran Treaty on behalf of King Victor Emmanuel III. Cardinal Gasparri (seated), signed on behalf of Pope Pius XI.


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Vatican City State is the smallest state in the world.

Vatican City, one of the European microstates, is situated on the Vatican Hill in the west-central part of Rome, several hundred meters west of the Tiber river. Its borders (3.2 km or 2 miles in total, all within Italy) closely follow the city wall constructed to protect the Pope from outside attack. The situation is more complex at the famous St. Peter's Square in front of St. Peter's Basilica, where the correct border is just outside the ellipse formed by Bernini's colonnade, but where police jurisdiction has been entrusted to Italy. The Vatican City is the smallest sovereign state in the world at 0.44 square kilometers (108.7 acres).

The Wall St. Crash of October 1929

The second act of revenge for the rejection of Al Smith was the Wall St. Crash of October 1929. The Jesuits planned to destroy the U.S. economy and ruin small publishers like Mr. Clark.... Before the crash there were thousands of Protestant publishers but the Great Depression caused most of them to close.

Bread lines during the Great Depression.

Bread lines during the Great Depression.


Squatters shack in California during the Great Depression.

Squatters shack in California during the Great Depression.

The Wall Street stock market Crash of 1929 signaled the beginning of the Great Depression. Production fell sharply. Unemployment went through the roof. Only the very rich had any money so purchasing declined.

People lost their jobs, homes, and savings, and many depended on charity to survive. In 1933, more than 15 million U.S. citizens—one-quarter of the nation's workforce—were unemployed. Because of the vast size of the U.S. economy, the Great Depression had an adverse effect on most other countries of the world.

The Great Depression led to the Presidency of Roosevelt

Millions of people were hungry and desperate, so along came a knight in shining armour named Franklin Delano Roosevelt or FDR to save the situation....He was a protégé and close friend of Al Smith and succeeded him as NY governor in 1929.

Smith congratulates Roosevelt as he takes over as governor of NY state in 1929.

Smith congratulates Roosevelt as he takes over as governor of New York State in 1929.


Smith with Roosevelt on the Observation Deck of the Empire State building during opening ceremonies in May 1931.

Smith with Roosevelt on the Observation Deck of the Empire State building during opening ceremonies in May 1931.

Roosevelt and Hitler used the Great Depression to usurp power!!

The Great Depression, beginning in October 1929, caused the collapse of the world financial system. Millions of people throughout the world were thrown out of work and faced the prospect of starvation.... This "Federal" Reserve Bank engineered financial collapse gave Roosevelt the opportunity to usurp power in the U.S....and Hitler used the same crisis to become Führer in Germany.

Roosevelt's inauguration on March 4, 1933. He was the last President to be inaugurated on the Constitutional date of March 4.

Roosevelt's inauguration on March 4, 1933. He was the last President to be inaugurated on the Constitutional date of March 4.


Hitler became dictator of Germany in March, 1933.

Hitler became dictator of Germany in March, 1933. Hitler was actually "elected" Chancellor in Jan. 1933, but it was the Reichstag fire that sealed the fate of freedom in Germany.

March 4 was the traditional Presidential inauguration Day from 1793 until 1933!!

Inauguration Day had been held on March 4 since the second Inauguration of George Washington in 1793. With the ratification of the 12th Amendment on July 27, 1804, the Presidential term expired on March 4:

"And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President" (Amendment XII to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1804).

Election day is normally held on Nov. 4th, and the Presidential electors meet on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, to cast their votes for President and Vice President of the U.S.

This gives the incoming President at least 4 months to prepare for the transition of power to a new patriotic administration.

The 20th Amendment changed the Inauguration Day to January 20. This Amendment was introduced in the depths of the Great Depression, when most people were distracted by the struggle to survive, and had little time to think about Presidential inaugurations. You can be sure that virtually no newspaper or radio station mentioned the Amendment. Like the 25th Amendment it was done in stealth and secrecy.

The proposed amendment, sometimes called the “Lame Duck Amendment,” was sent to the states March 3, 1932, by the Seventy-second Congress. It was ratified Jan. 23, 1933; but, in accordance with Section 5, Sections 1 and 2, did not go into effect until Oct. 15, 1933.

2 past failures to restore the Papal States

Believe it or not the Pentagon actually invaded Italy in 1943.....This was during World War II and landings were made at Anzio and Salerno, with Rome finally occupied on June 4, 1944....BERLIN was supposed to be their main destination, but their map readers were a little confused, because Rome is about 700 miles (1180 kilometers) from Berlin over very mountainous terrain:

Soldiers of general Mark Clark occupy Rome in 1944.

Soldiers of general Mark Clark occupy Rome in 1944.


U.S. soldiers marching in Rome during the occupation.

U.S. soldiers marching in Rome during the occupation.

Had Russia lost to Nazi Germany, this was a perfect opportunity to rearrange the map of Italy and restore the Pope to his former glory.

Another attempt to divide up Italy once again and restore the Papal States was made in 1979. This was under the disguise of fighting the "Mafia" in Sicily.

The unification of Italy began in SICILY in 1860 when Garibaldi landed with his famous 1,000 red-shirted volunteers. The dis-unification of Italy began when the Pentagon controlled the Mediterranean after World War II. Once a precedent had been set, and Sicily had successfully seceded, the Pentagon expected that the other regions of Italy would follow suit, with the end result of the Papal States restored to the Pope.

Michele Sindona (1920-1986) St. Peter's Banker.

Michele Sindona (1920-1986) St. Peter's Banker.


Rear Admiral Max. K. Morris (1924----).

Rear Admiral Max. K. Morris (1924----).

In June 1979, Michele Sindona met with a group of fellow Sicilians to plot the secession of Sicily from Italy:

"Some time in June 1979, Michele Sindona, Johnny Gambino, and Rosario Spatola met in a room at the Conca d'Oro Motel in Staten Island. Sindona disclosed his plan to free Sicily from the mainland.
"I need your help," Sindona explained. "The Masons are behind us. Do you know Dr. Miceli Crimi? He is chief medical officer for the Palermo police department."
Gambino and Spatola said they had never heard of him."He is a very important man in the Masonry. He has generals in the Italian army drawing up maps of the military bases that must be taken over. The U.S. military has authorized me to do this. They will not participate in the coup, but there will be a fleet off the coast of Sicily. After we have taken over, they will enter the island to help restore order and protect us from Italy."
Sindona handed them a copy of the letter from Rear Admiral Max K. Morris.
"See? It is true," he said. "We can do this. But I need two hundred more men. More guns. If you help, I will grant all Mafiosi amnesty for crimes committed before the coup. But all drug trafficking must stop. All Mafia crimes must end. I want Sicily to be clean. If any Mafia family does not accept this, I will have soldiers drag the bosses into the streets of Palermo. The peasants will spit on them. They will see that these gangsters are nothing, that they are stupid people, animals. Then I will have the soldiers kill them in front of everybody. No one will fear the Mafia any more.
"If you help me, you will be doing something good for Sicily. In return, I will give the Gambino family control of the orange export business. You will be legitimate, you will not have to fear prison, you can be proud."
Rosario Spatola kissed Sindona's hand, a Sicilian gesture of respect. He said he would do whatever Don Michele thought was right, but first he would have to speak with the head of the Gambino family in New York and with his people in Sicily." (DiFonzo, St. Peter's Banker: Michele Sindona, pp. 239-240).

The Iraq war is the latest attempt to recover the lost Papal States!!

Russia was one of the first countries to recognize the new Italian government when it moved to Rome in 1871. That is why they had to suffer with communism, World War II and the Cold War.

They are the only country with sufficient military power to prevent the Pentagon from ordering the Italians to give back the states.

Iraq has HUGE reserves of oil which could be pumped absolutely free in order to lower the worldwide price of oil and hurt the Russian economy....That is why the Pentagon invaded Iraq–the birthplace of Abraham–the father of the faithful!!

ALL the wars since 1870 have been started by the Spanish Inquisition in a mad quest to recover the lost states!!

Editor's Notes

Great Depression or not, Mr. Clark was mobilizing to stop Papal tool Roosevelt and get him out of the White House at any cost.... The next opportunity for doing this was the Presidential election of 1936. Unfortunately for the United States . . . and the entire world, Mr. Clark was poisoned and went to his eternal reward in 1935. Here is a prophetic quote from his last book, From Belshazzar to Roosevelt:

"Do not forget that every time Smith ran for office Roosevelt made the nomination speech. Smith is papal to the marrow of his backbone. Roosevelt is so pro-papal that he will do anything the Pope wants done. In many respects Roosevelt is a more dangerous man than Smith. Occasionally Smith did show some signs of mental independence. As to Roosevelt, the church owns and controls him, mentally, morally, and politically. Give Roosevelt four years in the White House and the church will so deeply entrench itself in the federal government that nothing short of a revolution will uproot the pagan papal system." (Clark, From Belshazzar to Roosevelt, p. 11).

Even though Vatican City State is the smallest country in the world, it has the HIGHEST CRIME RATE per capita of any other state in the world:

"Unlike the largely ceremonial Swiss Guard, the Vatican police force is kept extremely busy. More crimes are committed per inhabitant than in any other country in the world. The vast majority (98%) are robberies perpetrated on tourists visiting the Sistine Chapel, the museums or the Vatican's sole supermarket. Pickpockets and bag snatchers are rife." (Yallop, The Power and the Glory, p. 442).

Vital Links

Syllabus of Pope Pius IX

Führer Franklin packs the Supreme Court

Rockefeller-Pentagon Mafia

Roosevelt and Hitler unmasked!!


Clark, William Lloyd. My Battle with the Scarlet Beast. Rail Splitter Press, Milan, Illinois, 1932.

Clark, William Lloyd. From Belshazzar to Roosevelt. Rail Splitter Press, Milan, Illinois, 1934.

DiFonzo, Luigi, St. Peters' Banker: Michele Sindona. Franklin Watts, New York, 1983.

Josephson, Matthew & Hannah. Al Smith: Hero of the Cities. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1969.

Slayton, Robert A. Empire Statesman. The Rise & Redemption of Al Smith. The Free Press, New York, 2001.

Schroeder, Theodore. Al Smith, The Pope and the Presidency. (Self published in NYC in 1928).

Williams, Michael, The Shadow of the Pope, McGraw Hill Book Co., New York, 1932.

Yallop, David. The Power and the Glory. Inside the Dark Heart of John Paul II's Vatican. Garroll & Graf Publishers, New York, 2007.

Copyright © 2007 by Niall Kilkenny

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