Is The John Birch Society the "Intellectual Seed Bank of the Right"?
(The New American) -- by Thomas R. Eddlem --
HuffingtonPost.com columnist Andrew Reinbach expressed concern September 12 that the Tea Party is propagating the ideas of The John Birch Society. In an article entitled "The John Birch Society's Reality," Reinbach noted that the JBS is "a group Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley Jr once thought too extreme, but which has since become the intellectual seed bank of the right."
Reinbach warned his fellow leftists that "if you really want to understand why so many Republicans are the way they are these days, an outline of JBS beliefs is a good place to start." The columnist from the highly trafficked left-wing website then goes into a long excerpt from one of JBS Founder Robert Welch's writings in 1966:
"The one great job left for the Communists is the subjugation of the people of the United States," wrote Welch. "So their exhaustive strategy for achieving their final goal includes the following methods."
"a) The deliberate and insidious breaking down of all morality and of every sound sense of values;
(b) the distortion and destruction of religious influences, especially on the lives of the young;
(c) the constant indoctrination of young and old alike, through our educational system, and through our communications and entertainment media, in a preference for "welfare" and "security" against responsibility and opportunity;
"d) making an ever larger and larger percentage of American industry, commerce, agriculture, education, and individuals accustomed to receiving, and dependent on, government checks;
(e) a constant increase in legislation, taxation, and bureaucracy, leading directly towards one hundred percent government....
Of course, anyone who's paid attention during the more than 35 years since Robert Welch wrote those words realizes that all of the above has happened, and is still happening, if not under the communist hammer and sickle banner.
Moreover, the JBS motto, "Less government, more responsibility, and — with God's help — a better world," fits in perfectly with the Tea Party message of lower taxes and less government. Reinbach frets that "Among other things, the JBS has been active in creating and training the Tea Party."
For its part, John Birch Society officials admit that its members have acted as inspiration and occasional trainers within the Tea Party movement. "The John Birch Society is absolutely delighted at the Tea Party movement because it got so many people off the couch," John Birch Society President John F. McManus told The New American. "Many of the Tea Party people are asking good questions, and they are finding out that the best place to get good answers is the JBS."
McManus told The New American that earlier this month he had been a speaker on a New York City harbor cruise with 250 people — sponsored by five tea party organizations — and found the crowd very supportive. "These people, most of them, are saying to themselves, we've got to start listening to the Birch Society," McManus said. Many already have.
But Reinbach of the Huffington Post is worried about the Tea Party and its John Birch Society ideological ancestors. "I myself have nothing to say about this perspective, aside from observing that I'd prefer its believers didn't try to impose it on me, or my country."
Of course, The John Birch Society and the Tea Party don't seek to impose anything on Reinbach's nation. Rather, they want to stop big government officials from imposing the nation a top-down, one-size-fits-all socialist solution on the nation. McManus noted that the JBS would not "impose" anything on any individual. "Facts that are ignored are still facts," McManus said. "People who are opposed to The John Birch Society simply don't want to look at the facts. An honest survey of what Society Founder Robert Welch has stated in the past would lead any honest person to say he was a prophet."...MORE...LINK
Chris Moore comments:
Indeed, the John Birch Society got a lot right from the very beginning, and should be credited, commended and praised for its foresight, vision, and keeping the resistance to Big Government and ultimate totalitarianism alive.
But it's got some crucial calls wrong, as well.
For example, it has, to this day, failed to acknowledge that ideological Zionism has been the primary modern means to hoodwink the Right into backing organized Jewry's long term agenda for totalitarian world government, mandated by Jewish religious doctrine, and of which communism was merely the first serious stab.
The problem with "the Birchers" and why they got the Zionist call wrong is that many of them are Judeo-Christians, which is something very different than the anti-Jewish, traditional Christianity of Jesus and Western civilization.
The other problem is that some of them are money-worshippers, which is highly conducive to Judeo-Christianity to the point that one has to suspect that many Judeo-Christians have merely adapted their religious perspective around their Jewish-like love of money instead of putting their Christianity first. In addition to a vulnerability to the appeals of Jewish Zionism, this makes them vulnerable to the appeals of unpatriotic, international corporatism and globalism.
One has to remember, those who are hell-bent on world government don't care how the cat gets skinned; they can just as well use communism, Zionism or globalism. The Jewish communists duped plenty of Christians and those on the left, the Zionists simply moved the racket West and used socialism, Zionism, corporatism and globalism to dupe liberals and plenty on the Right towards the ultimate goal of ruling the world from Jerusalem per Jewish religous doctrine.
Or maybe none of these were duped at all, and simply succumbed to the siren appeals, power temptations, and money dangled in their faces by these Machiavellian conspirators, or even dark calls originating in their own minds and hearts. Hence, the failure may be one of character, moral and psychological weakness and ignobility as opposed to simply being swindled or mistaken in their thinking.
They say that every man reaches his level; the level of the Birchers was to see through communism and leftism, but not through Zionism and corporatism.
Regardless, as a stubborn, stiff-necked resistance to (most of) the totalitarians and would-be totalitarians, they deserve credit where credit is due, and as far as I can tell, never truly succumbed to internationalist, ideological Zionism, but rather simply fail to see it for what it truly is due to convenient, self-fashioned blinders.