The Birchers Are Real — and They’re Spectacular

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Friday, February 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

If any more proof was needed that CPAC organizers aren’t sweating the stories and photos about fringe conservatives making their way around the conference, behold: the John Birch Society. The notorious right-wing group signed on as a co-sponsor late last year, drawing some controversy at the time and… showing up anyway. If anything, the JBS — which has benefited immeasurably from the amazing political comeback of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), a longtime supporter — is being greeted with some smiles, some eye-rolls, and some conspiratorial winks. JBS’s Chris Bentley reflects on the conference so far:

One Washington Times reporter asked to take a picture of our booth as it was still under construction. We smiled and said yes. Then staff member Sam Antonio chimed in and told her to be sure and come back tomorrow, as we would have the best looking booth here. And, he added, with a little humor, “it will be the most controversial to boot.” She smirked and responded that we already are controversial.

On Thursday as we arrived to start the day’s events, the Marriott was already teeming with thousand of visitors. We’ve had many curious attendees stop by already, even though the day is barely half over. Some visitors have been congressional candidates from across the country, others from media. Some notable personalities have included such diverse individuals as Jerome Corsi and Rachel Maddow. Ms. Maddow even gave us an informal six-minute interview/discussion.

To understand just how much of a shift this represents for the mainstream right, consider — two years ago, RedState.com blasted Ron Paul for endorsing the “conspiracy nuts” of the JBS. One year ago, National Review’s John Derbyshire implied that it was a vile smear to connect Ron Paul to the Birchers. And yet here they are at CPAC, with a book I mention in my story today:

Why is that such a surprising find at CPAC? Answer here.

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18 Comments

strangely_enough
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

What? No swarm of Paulbots attacking?


Frank
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

A conservative candidate for office, esp. for Congress, can assess his/her chances for success by answering this question, How many JBS chapters are in my district? If few or none, the chances of success are slim because the voters in that district will have received no political education on the Founders' designated role of government. On the other hand, if you have active and informing Birchers in the district, the likelihood of success are immeasurably improved.

Go back to any Birch literature and writings of any decade past. What was predicated as the end game of the liberals and big government cheerleaders of the past (and certainly those of the present) is now right before your eyes. It is almost as if the JBS had had a crystal ball.

This group should be taken seriously.


Name
Comment posted February 19, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

@strangely_enough

It's not campaign time yet. We haven't gone anywhere ;)


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Dave
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 1:40 am

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LaLee
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 6:12 am

Frank, your comment is the example of why the JBS are excised from the GOP.

The JBS warning of “the end game of the liberals and big government cheerleaders of the past” is like Hal Lindsey's warning of the “rapture” IMO.


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ernie1241
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

The Birch Society has undergone a dramatic, but cosmetic, transformation during the past decade or so. Its website and magazine (The New American) are very professional and its PR-staff is much more savvy that in previous decades.

However, most people who admire the JBS are clueless about the underlying premises which inform JBS ideology. Often they quote JBS platitudes about “limited government” or other bromides which speak to general public dissatisfaction with the scope and excesses of government.

What one has to understand, however, is that the Birch Society does not believe there are legitimate, honorable, competing, alternative points of view to its own. The official JBS position (which has never been retracted) is that most of our national leaders and government officials during the past 8 decades have been traitors, conspirators, agents and dupes of a cabal of evil persons who are working to eviscerate our national sovereignty and bring all of us into a one-world dictatorship run by an assortment of “elitists” and “insiders” (formerly described by the JBS as Communist traitors).

Discover why even J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI concluded that the JBS was “extremist”, “irrational”, “irresponsible”, “lunatic fringe” and “fanatics”. See following 88-page report which is based, primarily, upon FBI files and documents:

http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/jbs-1

Links to other reports on extreme right: http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/home


AdrianBrowne
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

The JBSers are so paranoid that they think that Ron Paul is part of a government plot to help smoke out anti-government groups.


ernie1241
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 7:26 pm

The Birch Society has undergone a dramatic, but cosmetic, transformation during the past decade or so. Its website and magazine (The New American) are very professional and its PR-staff is much more savvy than in previous decades.

However, most people who admire the JBS are clueless about the underlying premises which inform JBS ideology. Often they quote JBS platitudes about “limited government” or other bromides which speak to general public dissatisfaction with the scope and excesses of government.

What one has to understand, however, is that the Birch Society does not believe there are legitimate, honorable, competing, alternative points of view to its own. The official JBS position (which has never been retracted) is that most of our national leaders and government officials during the past 8 decades have been traitors, conspirators, agents and dupes of a cabal of evil persons who are working to eviscerate our national sovereignty and bring all of us into a one-world dictatorship run by an assortment of “elitists” and “insiders” (formerly described by the JBS as Communist traitors).

Discover why even J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI concluded that the JBS was “extremist”, “irrational”, “irresponsible”, “lunatic fringe” and “fanatics”. See following 88-page report which is based, primarily, upon FBI files and documents:

http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/jbs-1

Links to other reports on extreme right: http://ernie1241.googlepages.com/home


AdrianBrowne
Comment posted February 20, 2010 @ 10:14 pm

The JBSers are so paranoid that they think that Ron Paul is part of a government plot to help smoke out anti-government groups.


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However, most people who admire the JBS are clueless about the underlying premises which inform JBS ideology. Often they quote JBS platitudes about “limited government” or other bromides which speak to general public dissatisfaction with the scope and excesses of government


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Comment posted September 27, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

Go back to any Birch literature and writings of any decade past. What was predicated as the end game of the liberals and big government cheerleaders of the past (and certainly those of the present) is now right before your eyes. It is almost as if the JBS had had a crystal ball.


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