The John Birch Society to Co-Sponsor CPAC

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 1:31 pm

The 51-year-old ultra-conservative group, once ostracized by the right, is co-sponsoring the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference.

JBS will have a double booth with half dedicated to offering educational and promotional materials and the other half housing a TV studio that will stream live video from the booth and broadcast onto JBS LibertyNewsNetwork.tv, a website that will feature archived JBS video and live video streams.

This doesn’t really surprise me–JBS has been re-branding in recent years, and gained a substantial boost from the surprisingly high-profile presidential bid of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a long-time supporter.

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blathering_michael
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 1:47 pm

Rebranding? With such as Glenn Beck, and Lou Dobbs, they've found new traction for their hoary New World Order/Jewish Bankers/Freemasons conspiracies. Jesus, is it time for this to go around again? Maybe like cookies or bacon, anti-Sematism is never out of season.


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[...] This should surprise no one : The John Birch Society announces it is cosponsoring the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2010, to be held in Washington DC, Feb. 18-20. [...]


strangely_enough
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

They're back…
This time they seem to have a larger audience and more receptive media. And a convenient, high profile, “other” to demagogue. Pass the tin foil and watch out for the black helicopters.


spinnikerca
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

Well, they're for the Constitution. When I was a kid and called people 'further right than John Birch', I didn't actually realize that.


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mookworthjwilson
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

If by “for the constitution” you mean the part about blacks being only 3/5 of a person, then yes, they are for the Constitution…I wonder if they will hand out special copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion?


ernie1241
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

FBI FILES ON JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY:
http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/jbs-1


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devtob
Comment posted December 16, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

The JBS has been actively courting the teabaggers, who either don't know about its extremist history, or don't care.

Because all that matters to the teabaggers is support for their Ron Paul agenda of having an 18-century federal government in the 21st century.

And all that matters to JBS is making more money off the dupes.


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barthel
Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 9:41 am

“Co-sponsoring” along with 70 other groups, of course.


DanF
Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 11:08 am

Ironically, the “.tv” in “LibertyNewsNetwork.tv” is an extension owned bu the tiny island nation of Tuvalu, which is fighting for it's very survival against global warming deniers.


jakewalker00
Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

LOL God forbid we actually obey the constiution. THE JBS society does not believe blacks are 3/5ths of a person. Also did you it was the northerns that states blakc are only 3/5th of a person. LOL educate yourselves. JBS merely wants a return to constiutional conservatism, nit NEo Conservtive Insanity.


mugworttea
Comment posted December 17, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

Everybody's for the Constitution. Just that they're not all referring to the same one. Such as the one that's currently in effect.


ernie1241
Comment posted December 18, 2009 @ 12:01 pm

Jake: Of course they don't believe that blacks are 3/5ths of a person but that did not prevent the Society from adopting the arguments and promoting the individuals who sought to disenfranchise African-Americans during the 1950's and 1960's. Many JBS members (including National Council members) were segregationists who believed blacks were inferior and deserved to be second class citizens. Why else do you think so many Birchers flocked to the Presidential candidacy of George Wallace and why else would the Society want somebody like Sheriff Jim Clark (Selma AL) as one of its paid speakers?


ernie1241
Comment posted December 22, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

All interested individuals should study why J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI described Birch Society founder Robert Welch and the JBS in FBI memos as “extremist”, “irrational”, “irresponsible”, “fanatics” and “lunatic fringe”.

And then learn why giants within the conservative intellectual and political activist communities (such as Barry Goldwater, Russell Kirk, James Burnham, Frank Meyer, Ronald Reagan) rejected the JBS as inept, ignorant, and harmful.

If the JBS merely was offering unorthodox alternative public policy proposals, there would be no problem.

But my experience has been that 99% of readers are not familiar with the underlying premises of JBS ideology. For more than 50 years, the JBS has defamed and attacked the patriotism, character, integrity, and loyalty of virtually our entire national leadership — and it refers to our national political leaders as “a conspiracy of gangsters”.

The following report is based primarily upon first-time-released FBI files and documents on the JBS and its assertions.

Since the Birch Society has always effusively praised Hoover and the FBI as our nation's most knowledgeable, authoritative and reliable source of factual information on the communist movement as well as on what constitutes legitimate and effective anti-communist activities –Birchers now have the opportunity to compare their assertions and conclusions to the statements and evaluations made by the person (Hoover) and the institution (FBI) they have enthusiastically recommended for 5 decades.

FBI FILES ON BIRCH SOCIETY:
http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/jbs-1

FBI FILES on W. CLEON SKOUSEN (former FBI Special Agent who endorsed the JBS)
http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/skousen

FBI FILES on DAN SMOOT (former FBI Special Agent who endorsed the JBS)
http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/smoot


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Anthony Brown
Comment posted December 24, 2009 @ 2:35 am

You guys are the biggest bunch of special interest bigots I've ever heard of. I went to the library today and I'm shocked that any party would sign up with you. Well, there's not a one with a soul and that's why the Grand Old Party would let you sponsor this event. May you get a piece of a life.


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ssge
Comment posted February 3, 2010 @ 5:22 pm

I don't really know anything about the John Birch Society, but I do know that most of the people commenting on this thread are completely ignorant about the Constitution. The 3/5th clause that is repeatedly mentioned in this thread does not mean what some of the drones think it means. It was a compromise that was meant to keep the southern states in the union, but at the same time weaken their power so that slavery could be abolished in the future. Most of the Founders abhorred slavery and preferred to end the institution right from the beginning. It would have been impossible to get most of the southern delegates to sign onto the new Constitution so the 3/5 compromise was made. It does not mean that the Founders believed blacks were worth only 3/5th a person. Some of the delegates certainly may have believed them to be inferior, but that was not the purpose of the 3/5ths compromise. Ironically, it was the southern states that wanted the slaves counted as a full person because it would have increased their power in the House. If they had been counted as a full person, who knows how far slavery might have spread or how long the horrible institution would drag on. Thankfully the Founders were able slip provisions into the Constitution that would lead to an eventual end to slavery. Unfortunately it would not be easy and it still took far too long. I think most people tend to oversimplify these concepts and most simply do not understand the context in which these events took place. Schools simply do not teach history or the Constitution anymore (and so much of what does get taught is BS) so it is no wonder people do not get it.


kray
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 12:50 am

Anthony,
If you would take some time to actually study the Constitution and read something other than the pablum you grew up on…you would realize that 95% of the material put out by The John Birch Society is right on the money. They predicted the European Union years and years before it happened. Additionally, if you don't think that there is a conspiracy among the world leaders to promote The New World Order…..well, my friend you need to put on your critical thinking cap and question why we haven't secured a border which could be done in 6 months. Why did B. Hussein Obama try to pass a Global Poverty Act? This was his first and only bill presented as a Senator? Read the bill and if you don't see that it is all about the UN and world control of our government….then you are truly a foolish man.

Kray


kray
Comment posted February 13, 2010 @ 5:50 am

Anthony,
If you would take some time to actually study the Constitution and read something other than the pablum you grew up on…you would realize that 95% of the material put out by The John Birch Society is right on the money. They predicted the European Union years and years before it happened. Additionally, if you don't think that there is a conspiracy among the world leaders to promote The New World Order…..well, my friend you need to put on your critical thinking cap and question why we haven't secured a border which could be done in 6 months. Why did B. Hussein Obama try to pass a Global Poverty Act? This was his first and only bill presented as a Senator? Read the bill and if you don't see that it is all about the UN and world control of our government….then you are truly a foolish man.

Kray


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