The JBS: alive, well, and growing; the leader of the Americanist cause for over 40 years, the John Birch Society continues to work successfully for less government, more responsibility, and a better world. (Americanism).If there had been even one chapter of the John Birch Society John Birch Society, ultraconservative, anti-Communist organization in the United States. It was founded in Dec., 1958, by manufacturer Robert Welch and named after John Birch, an American intelligence officer killed by Communists in China (Aug., 1945). in Havana prior to 1959, working to expose Castro as [John Birch Society founder] Robert Welch Robert Welch may refer to:
--Major Pedro Diaz Lanz
Former chief of Fidel Castro's
I am going to destroy The John Birch Society.
-- William F. Buckley
Major Pedro Diaz Lanz paid the above tribute to Robert Welch and The John Birch Society after defecting to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. in mid-1959. Like many other Cubans, he once believed in Fidel Castro Noun 1. Fidel Castro - Cuban socialist leader who overthrew a dictator in 1959 and established a Marxist socialist state in Cuba (born in 1927)
Castro, Fidel Castro Ruz . So much so, in fact, that he transported supplies to Castro's guerrilla army and became chief of his small air force, a position he continued to occupy after Castro seized control of Cuba.
And why shouldn't he have embraced Castro? Wasn't the bearded one a modern-day Robin Hood Robin Hood, legendary hero of 12th-century England who robbed the rich to help the poor. Chivalrous, manly, fair, and always ready for a joke, Robin Hood reflected many of the ideals of the English yeoman. who wanted to end the exploitation of the poor by the rich? Wasn't he the George Washington of Cuba? Didn't he (in the words of Herbert L. Matthews of the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times) possess "strong ideas of liberty, democracy, social justice, the need to restore the Constitution, to hold elections"? And weren't he and his fellow revolutionaries (again, in Matthews' words) fighting "for an ideal and for their hopes of a clean, democratic Cuba"?
Major Diaz certainly thought so. And so did many others, both in Cuba and the United States, whose only knowledge about Castro came from the media. Matthews' account was particularly significant, not only because he wrote for the Times but because he had clandestinely visited Castro while the revolutionary was holed up in Cuba's Sierra Maestra Sierra Maestra (syā`rä mäā`strä), rugged mountain range, SE Cuba, rising abruptly from the coast. Consisting of connecting ranges with local names, the Sierra Maestra is the highest system of Cuba. mountains.
Castro a "Communist"? As far as the major media were concerned, the notion was preposterous, not only prior to Castro's coming to power on January 1, 1959 but for many months afterward. In July 1959, for example, Times correspondent Matthews still claimed: "This is not a Communist revolution A communist revolution is a proletarian revolution inspired by the ideas of Marxism that aims to replace capitalism with communism, typically with socialism (state-run means of production) as an intermediate stage. in any sense of the word and there are no Communists in positions of control." That attitude was so pervasive that years later, during a 1963 press conference, former President Dwight David Eisenhower Dwight David Eisenhower II (born 1948) is the grandson of the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. His father is the former U.S. ambassador to Belgium, John Eisenhower. claimed, "It would have taken a genius of prophecy to know that Castro was a Communist when he took control of Cuba."
But Robert Welch warned that Castro was a Communist as early as September 1958 -- three months before launching The John Birch Society, four months before Castro rode triumphantly into Havana, and 39 months before Castro boasted to the world that he was a Communist in a televised speech. In that same speech, Castro acknowledged that he had kept his Communism hidden from public view "because otherwise we might have alienated the bourgeoisie and other forces which we knew we would eventually have to fight."
Those forces included many beguiled be·guile
tr.v. be·guiled, be·guil·ing, be·guiles
1. To deceive by guile; delude. See Synonyms at deceive.
2. Cubans. They even included some of Castro's fellow revolutionaries, such as Pedro Diaz Lanz. Ordinary Cubans, like ordinary Americans, didn't have a clue about Castro's evil intent. They had no awareness of Castro's Marxism-Leninism as presented in the September 1958 issue of American Opinion, wherein Welch wrote: "Now the evidence from Castro's whole past, that he is a Communist agent carrying out Communist orders and plans, is overwhelming. The evidence from his method of operation is even more so." Nor did they know that in December 1958, at the founding meeting of The John Birch Society, Welch warned: "if you have any slightest doubt that Castro is a Communist, don't. If he is successful, time will clearly reveal that he is an agent of the Kremlin."
The latter statement soon appeared in print in The Blue Book of The John Birch Society, the transcript of Welch's two-day presentation that led to the Society's founding. But very few Americans, and virtually no Cubans, were aware in 1958-1959 of Welch's warnings, or the evidence upon which those warnings were based. On the other hand, the American people An American people may be:
A Winning Strategy
Robert Welch built The John Birch Society to provide the organized means to circumvent the major media, to inform and activate the American people, and to resist the conspiratorial con·spir·a·to·ri·al
Of, relating to, or characteristic of conspirators or a conspiracy: a conspiratorial act; a conspiratorial smile. drive to destroy freedom. "We do not have to be too late, and we do not have to lose the fight," he said at the founding meeting. "Communism has its weaknesses, and the Communist conspiracy has its vulnerable points. We have many layers of strength not yet rotted by all of the infiltration and political sabotage to which we have been subjected. Our danger is both immense and imminent; but it is not beyond the possibility of being overcome by the resistance that is still available. All we must find and build and use, to win, is sufficient understanding."
What kind of understanding? Welch recognized that more than a rudimentary grasp of ideology was required. In Cuba prior to Castro, Major Diaz and others had already recognized that Communism was bad, but that amount of understanding did not save them. Obviously, if the age-old fight between freedom and slavery were limited to an ideological contest conducted on a level playing field See net neutrality. , freedom would win every time. But there was no level playing field in Cuba or anywhere else where tyranny had already triumphed.
Despots like Castro must rely on deception to accomplish their evil ends. The same is true for the Insiders who sponsor them. They must deceive since no one wants to be enslaved Enslaved may refer to:
In fact, the top Insiders undoubtedly do not themselves believe in Communist philosophy or, for that matter, in any of the other "snake oil A product that has been proven to not live up to the vendor's marketing hype. The term comes from the 1800s in which elixirs and potions of all kinds, even ones that supposedly included the oils from snakes, were sold as a cure for everything that ailed a person. " ideologies they peddle. Their intent is to acquire power, and ideology for them is nothing more than a smoke screen to hide their true purpose, the widespread knowledge of which would derail de·rail
intr. & tr.v. de·railed, de·rail·ing, de·rails
1. To run or cause to run off the rails.
2. their plans.
Welch also recognized that an organized conspiracy cannot be effectively exposed unless good people are also organized. This is true even when accurate information is disseminated to counter the bad. In the April 1969 JBS JBS John Birch Society
JBS Journal of Biosocial Science
JBS Journal of Business Strategies
JBS Johnson Behavioral System
JBS Johanson-Blizzard Syndrome
JBS Journal of British Studies
JBS Jamaica Bureau of Standards
JBS Journal of Biomolecular Screening Bulletin, Welch cited several examples of the "important part" the written word has played in various battles between freedom and slavery throughout history, including Julius Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic Wars Gallic Wars (găl`ĭk), campaigns in Gaul led by Julius Caesar in his two terms as proconsul of Cisalpine Gaul, Transalpine Gaul, and Illyricum (58 B.C.–51 B.C.). versus the works of Cicero, the writings of Voltaire and Rousseau versus those of Robison and Abbe Augustin Barruel, and the works of Karl Marx versus those of Adam Smith. Yet Welch emphasized that "these various battles have not been decided by the books themselves. You will note that the above authors on the side of individualism lost their fight despite the moral and literary superiority of their works. The reason for their defeat is quite simple -- but extremely important. The books by the collectivists were used as part of an organized campaign -- they were part of an actio n program -- whereas the individualists tragically thought that by simply bringing out their books victory would be theirs. They were terribly mistaken."
The point here is that simply publishing good books See how to find a good computer book. , articles, and pamphlets, and even getting them distributed, is not, by itself, enough to win this battle. This literature must be read, it must be put to use, and it must be a part of an overall, concerted plan of action. And this is exactly what The John Birch Society has been doing, and must continue to do in the future....
The members of the society have performed a Herculean task in the volume of books and pamphlets they have put into the hands of awakening Americans. But the success of this work is not in the numbers distributed and would have had no permanent value but for the fact that these various printed works fitted into an important part of the program of The John Birch Society. And herein lies an accomplishment of which to be immensely proud and one of great significance.... The discipline of the Society has done much to unify the Americanist forces and to guide them down the line of concerted action.
The organization Welch created to expose the collectivist col·lec·tiv·ism
The principles or system of ownership and control of the means of production and distribution by the people collectively, usually under the supervision of a government. conspiracy -- and, later, to advance the Society's long-range goals of "less government, more responsibility, and -- with God's help -- a better world" -- was not confined to a central headquarters. Nor was it based on a political quick fix, such as trying to elect an appealing candidate. Without first creating sufficient understanding, trying to elect a good candidate in the face of a hostile media would be futile. On the other hand, even leftist left·ism also Left·ism
1. The ideology of the political left.
2. Belief in or support of the tenets of the political left.
left and opportunistic politicians will respond favorably when pressured to do so by well-informed constituents.
Welch recognized that needed understanding could develop only through grassroots organization. And this is why the JBS is organized in chapters from coast to coast. He understood that what happened in the living rooms of America would eventually determine what would happen in the halls of Congress.
Yes, the Society does have a central office. But that office -- located in Appleton, Wisconsin Appleton is a city in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, on the Fox River, 100 miles (161 km) north of Milwaukee. As of the 2005 census estimate, the city had a total population of 70,217. , and staffed by about 45 employees -- is set up, not to relieve the American people of their responsibilities in the freedom fight, but to supply those who join the JBS with the necessary tools and direction so that they can win the freedom fight themselves. That is, in fact, the only way this fight will be won.
In the July 1977 JBS Bulletin, Welch explained the importance of relying on grassroots organization and membership:
The John Birch Society set out early to build up a properly staffed educational army which was to create the only form of opposition that the Insiders of a Master Conspiracy did not know how to overwhelm or to destroy. This growing opposition consisted of exposing the background, methods, purposes, and progress of that Conspiracy so as to generate more public understanding of what was taking place, and a resulting grass-roots resistance to many of its projects. To some extent our activities have constituted primarily a continuation of the effort begun by Joe McCarthy. But with one vital difference. McCarthy had no grass-roots organization for implementing his arguments or extending his reach. And without such permanently organized popular support he and his whole effort could be, and were, completely destroyed in the six years of 1951 through 1956.
But our operation was based on the membership formula. Nor do we mean a temporary and tenuous membership in some political action group; or in some academic propaganda organization where the members' contact with headquarters was only by mail. The basic features of our organizational pattern have been continuous, palpable, and real. We required regular periodic meetings and specific activities that were carefully planned and coordinated. And the cost of supplying able officers, whom we call our field staff, for inspiring, guiding, and supervising these several thousand platoons or chapters, has been so great that not a single other American organization in this fight against the Conspiracy has even attempted to maintain a paid and professional field staff. Yet this very sound and solid core of all our effort is what caused the Insiders to be so disturbed and frightened by The John Birch Society that they set out almost at once to destroy it.
This organizational concept undergirding the Society is both effective and simply grasped. After defecting to this country, Major Pedro Diaz Lanz had the opportunity to observe that effectiveness firsthand. At the end of a Society-arranged speaking tour, he wrote to Robert Welch: "I have seen with my own eyes the magnificent work you accomplished all over this beautiful land, in alerting thousands of people through the organized effort of the John Birch Society.... Thanks with all my heart for letting me work with all of you in this magnificent task." He even told an acquaintance that "If there had been even one chapter of the John Birch Society in Havana prior to 1959, working to expose Castro as Welch was at the time, Cuba would not have fallen to Communism." To fully appreciate the value he attached to the kind of informed, organized opposition he saw in the JBS, it must be kept in mind that a single chapter seldom consists of more than a few dozen members.
A Personal Odyssey
The remainder of this chapter is best written in the first person. I have been a member of The John Birch Society since 1964 and a member of the staff since 1966. Like Major Diaz, whom I came to know, I have observed firsthand the organization's effectiveness. But the similarity between his experiences and my own does not end there. Prior to our involvement in the JBS, we were both beguiled by a supposed champion of freedom whose actions undermined the cause of freedom. In Diaz' case that man was Fidel Castro; in my own case it was William F. Buckley.
I do not mean to suggest, of course, that Buckley was ever a third world dictator, or a mass murderer mass murderer
1. A person, especially a political or military leader, who is responsible for the deaths of many individuals.
a. A person who kills several or numerous victims in a single incident.
b. , or even a Communist. Yet if it is true that the pen is mightier than the sword, the effect that Buckley's words have had in the ongoing struggle between freedom and slavery should not be ignored. Castro had a military arm, and he seized political power. Buckley commands no army and has never held public office. Yet he played a pivotal role in diverting mainstream, conservative Americans away from constitutional principles and limited government, and toward more government and more internationalism in·ter·na·tion·al·ism
1. The condition or quality of being international in character, principles, concern, or attitude.
2. A policy or practice of cooperation among nations, especially in politics and economic matters. . The path he has blazed can only lead, ultimately, to the kind of total and absolute government Castro enjoys in Cuba, though on a global scale. The fact that the end result most likely will not be called "Communism" will not make it any more tolerable or benevolent.
Buckley has also harmed the cause of freedom by declaring war against The John Birch Society. He has not destroyed the JBS as he had intended to do. Yet every chapter not formed because of his efforts meant less resistance against encroaching tyranny. Moreover, he was undoubtedly far more effective than any liberal journalist could have been at stunting the growth of the JBS since he ostensibly os·ten·si·ble
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity. held the same core beliefs as the conservative constituency the JBS set out to reach and organize.
I was a part of that constituency before I had heard of either the JBS or Buckley. After leaving the Marine Corps in 1960, I started employment with an electronics firm in Massachusetts. A friend at work introduced me to Buckley's National Review before the year ended, and I loved it. The conservatism I'd been reared on (my dad was a fan of John T. Flynn John Thomas Flynn (October 25, 1882-1964) was a U.S. journalist.
He was born in Bladensburg, Maryland in 1882. Although he graduated from Georgetown Law School, he choose a career in journalism. , Joseph McCarthy Noun 1. Joseph McCarthy - United States politician who unscrupulously accused many citizens of being Communists (1908-1957)
Joseph Raymond McCarthy, McCarthy , Westbrook Pegler Westbrook Pegler (2 August 1894 – 24 June 1969) was a United States journalist and writer. Biography
Pegler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; his father was a prominent editor. , George Sokolsky George Ephraim Sokolsky (1893-1962) was a weekly radio broadcaster for the National Association of Manufacturers and a columnist for The New York Herald Tribune, who later switched to The New York Sun and other Hearst newspapers. , and Robert Taft) enjoyed a revival after several years of lying dormant.
Early in 1961, like all Americans of that period, I learned of the existence of The John Birch Society. The mass media informed me and every other American that it was a secret, fascist, un-American collection of crazies who threatened the American dream American dream also American Dream
An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire: . My own reaction to what I heard and read was sorrow that such an organization could ever have been formed in my country.
The radio, television, newspapers, and magazines continued to lambaste the JBS throughout the entire year. But Buckley and National Review said nothing, and I wondered why. Finally, in February 1962, the magazine published a six-page editorial attacking Robert Welch. According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Buckley, Welch was a dangerous screwball screw·ball
1. Baseball A pitched ball that curves in the direction opposite to that of a normal curve ball.
2. Slang An eccentric, impulsively whimsical, or irrational person.
adj. who was unworthy of the many good people who had signed on with the Society.
Having already been accused of being "one of those Birchers" by co-workers who heard me protesting the liberalism coming out of Washington, I developed an antipathy toward the JBS. This organization, I thought, had given liberals an opportunity to tarnish tarnish,
n 1. surface discoloration or loss of luster by metals. Under oral conditions, it often results from hard and soft deposits.
2. a chemical process by which a metal surface is discolored or its luster destroyed. any conservative. So I read those six pages more than once, embraced Buckley's attitude, and wrote a short note thanking him for his explanation.
I was truly surprised when my letter appeared in the magazine. The very day it was delivered to my home, a letter also arrived from a JBS member who obviously had seen the magazine a day or so earlier. By simply noting my city and state appearing along with my name, he found my address easily enough in the telephone book. His letter essentially asked a simple question: Was I basing my attitude about Robert Welch because of what he had stated, or because of what others had stated about him?
Good question, I thought. Other than quotes appearing in the mass media, and the few selections chosen by Buckley, I had never seen anything written by Welch. So, I wrote back to the JBS member and offered to look at whatever he thought I ought to see. My intention at that point was to show him how wrong both Welch and he were. But I found the requested information to be well-written, reasonable, tasteful, and somewhat compelling. Still, I wasn't convinced that Welch was right and Buckley was wrong. I decided to do some more digging.
I soon found out what being a JBS member means. The man who wrote to me kept in contact. He invited me to a meeting, and I attended with two curious friends. The meeting wasn't anything special, but we chipped in to buy a set of the "One Dozen Candles," the paperbound pa·per·bound
Bound in paper; paperback. , out-of-print books Welch had republished. Among these, I found John T. Flynn's While You Slept, Arthur Bliss Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, CH, KCVO (August 2, 1891 - March 27, 1975) was a British composer.
Born to an American father and English mother, Bliss attended Bilton Grange Preparatory School and Rugby before entering Cambridge University. Lane's I Saw Poland Betrayed, George Racey Jordan's From Major Jordan's Diaries, and other truly important books I had never come across. As I read these, I felt gratitude that Robert Welch had made them available. When I read others, both my gratitude and my concern for my country rose in tandem Adv. 1. in tandem - one behind the other; "ride tandem on a bicycle built for two"; "riding horses down the path in tandem"
But I also wondered about Welch's condemnation of Dwight Eisenhower. Hardly any criticism of the Society failed to mention Welch's startling star·tle
v. star·tled, star·tling, star·tles
1. To cause to make a quick involuntary movement or start.
2. To alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly. See Synonyms at frighten. conclusion about the former president. "What did Welch actually say?" I asked when next contacted. And I was told that he'd written a 300-page letter that hadn't been published. I wondered silently if it hadn't been published because it couldn't be defended. So I asked a further question: "Why would you affiliate with a man who strongly condemned the former president without knowing exactly what he said or why he said it?" And the answer to that piqued my curiosity even more. The JBS member on the phone responded, "I already know enough about Eisenhower to know that the image he has been given doesn't match his performance."
I had served for three years as a Marine officer while Ike was in the White House. He had been my commander in chief. Now I was being asked to conclude that I had been seriously ill-informed about what had been occurring during those years and several before. Even though I had by now read some of those out-of-print books and become increasingly concerned about much of what they related, I decided at that point to let the Birchers go their way, and I'd go mine. But the plucky pluck·y
adj. pluck·i·er, pluck·i·est
Having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances. See Synonyms at brave.
pluck JBS member gave me a copy of The Blue Book of The John Birch Society and, after I read it, my concerns for my country grew more intense. Nevertheless, the Eisenhower issue held me back.
In the fall of 1963, another JBS member called to inform me that Robert Welch's book about Eisenhower, entitled The Politician, was now available. "How can I get a copy?" I asked. "It costs eight dollars," came the response. I honestly could not afford an extra eight dollars. (Remember, this was 1963.) I had a wonderful wife, three babies, a mortgage, and a car payment. We were a very happy family, but we were living on the edge. So I told him I'd get back to him soon.
Several months later, the two-dollar version of The Politician became available. I met still another JBS member, bought a copy from him, read it over the next few evenings, and decided right then and there that 1) Robert Welch wasn't a screwball; 2) Buckley was dead wrong about Welch; 3) I'd been deceived about Ike; and 4) I wanted to join The John Birch Society.
Over the ensuing three decades plus, my appreciation for Robert Welch and the crusade he launched has soared. Having been a part of the organization for most of my adult life, I am firmly convinced that Major Diaz was not exaggerating when he said that a single JBS chapter could have stopped Castro from coming to power. I also believe that we would be living in slavery today if Robert Welch had not founded the JBS and tens of thousands of members had not rallied to the cause, sometimes exhibiting the dedication usually associated with martyrs. And I believe the JBS today is the only force on Earth capable of preserving our freedoms. I cannot prove these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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2. in the same way that a mathematician can prove a mathematical formula. But I believe them nonetheless. My belief has been shaped over many years of observing members in action. I know what Birchers can accomplish. I know that the only ingredient the organization needs in order to rout this "Master Conspiracy" (as Robert Welch identified it) is more memb ers.
These statements will undoubtedly seem strange to anyone who hasn't seen the Birch Society at work as I have. After all, the major media says little about the JBS these days, and when they do, they oftentimes dismiss it as an artifact A distortion in an image or sound caused by a limitation or malfunction in the hardware or software. Artifacts may or may not be easily detectable. Under intense inspection, one might find artifacts all the time, but a few pixels out of balance or a few milliseconds of abnormal sound of a bygone by·gone
Gone by; past: bygone days.
One, especially a grievance, that is past: Let bygones be bygones. era. But press coverage should not be equated with accomplishment, particularly when the press views the JBS as something to be ignored, even scorned. In fact, treating the JBS as insignificant is merely a sophisticated extension of the smear campaign smear campaign n → campaña de calumnias
smear campaign n → campagne f de dénigrement
smear campaign smear n leveled against the organization in the 1960s. From the point of view of the smear artists, one problem with giving the JBS any attention is that some people may examine the group and decide its worth for themselves, just as I and many others did during the '60s. The smear artists' solution: Treat the JBS as if Buckley really did kill it! Or, when it is mentioned, pretend that it never had any real impact and is now a ghost of its former self.
Occasionally some truth about the organization's cumulative accomplishments seeps out. Some of it can be found even in mainstream media articles intended to smear the organization. Such was the case when the May 13, 1996 Christian Science Christian Science, religion founded upon principles of divine healing and laws expressed in the acts and sayings of Jesus, as discovered and set forth by Mary Baker Eddy and practiced by the Church of Christ, Scientist. Monitor published a rant by Ira Straus entitled, "When Conspiracy Theory conspiracy theory
A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance rather than an individual or isolated act.
conspiracy theorist n. Replaces Thought." Straus should know something about how the world works, since he was once executive director of the Establishment-spawned Association to Unite the Democracies The Association to Unite the Democracies, or AUD, is an organization devoted to transforming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from a military alliance into a full political union open to other established democracies as well. (which seeks a federation of democracies, a stepping stone to world government). In his Monitor article, he complained:
For decades, the John Birch Society has spread word of the Conspiracy: The international bankers who pull all the strings. The ones who really control both the Communist conspiracy and the United States government. The Trilateral Commission Trilateral Commission
From the site at Trilateral.org:
The Trilateral Commission is a non-governmental policy-oriented discussion group of about 325 distinguished citizens from North America, the European Union, and Japan which seeks to foster mutual issues for which these . The Federal Reserve, which is ruining our money. The Council on Foreign Relations The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an influential and independent, nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921 and based at 58 East 68th Street (corner Park Avenue) in New York City, with an additional office in Washington, D.C. -- psst psst
Used to capture someone's attention inconspicuously.
a sound made to attract someone's attention, esp. , they're out to destroy the Constitution, take away our guns, and enslave en·slave
tr.v. en·slaved, en·slav·ing, en·slaves
To make into or as if into a slave.
en·slavement n. us in a United Nations One-World Communist government. Their code words: "New World Order."
So runs the Birchist fantasy, spun out in dozens of books distributed in millions of copies. An estimated 5 million to 10 million Americans believe this stuff. Tens of millions more are under its influence. Straus's estimate of JBS effectiveness could be grossly understated. The same year his article appeared, the University of Virginia and the Gallup Organization produced a joint study entitled. The State of Disunion dis·un·ion
1. The state of being disunited; separation.
2. Lack of unity; discord.
Noun 1. disunion - the termination or destruction of union : 1996 Survey of American Political Culture. The study included face-to-face interviews with a national sampling of to its conclusions, 77 percent of Americans agree that "the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves." The survey additionally found that "one quarter of the population do repeatedly express the conviction that the government is run by a conspiracy; and one in ten Americans strongly subscribes to this view."
In his article, Straus disparaged Americans who hold such a viewpoint as "paranoids," "crackpots," and even "dangerous -- capable of blowing up federal buildings." He fumed fume
1. Vapor, gas, or smoke, especially if irritating, harmful, or strong.
2. A strong or acrid odor.
3. A state of resentment or vexation.
v. : "Conspiracy theory is doing America real harm. Long incubating underground, it has grown into the greatest enslaver en·slave
tr.v. en·slaved, en·slav·ing, en·slaves
To make into or as if into a slave.
en·slavement n. of human minds since communism. It irrationalizes thinking on every issue. It kills. It turns millions of Americans against their own country."
This vicious diatribe di·a·tribe
A bitter, abusive denunciation.
[Latin diatriba, learned discourse, from Greek diatrib stands in sharp contrast to the University of Virginia/Gallup survey, which found: "(Their viewpoint] does not lead 'strong conspiracy' types to reject the American system The term American System can mean one of the following:
The Society has played a crucial role in creating understanding about the existence, objectives, and modus operandi [Latin, Method of working.] A term used by law enforcement authorities to describe the particular manner in which a crime is committed.
The term modus operandi is most commonly used in criminal cases. It is sometimes referred to by its initials, M.O. of the Conspiracy for global control. The Conspiracy's key objective is to create a world government under the United Nations, ostensibly for the benefit of all mankind but in reality for the benefit of the Insiders who would rule the world. The UN threat is not in competition with the Communist threat but is in fact another route to the same end. It is no exaggeration to say that a UN-controlled world would be a Communist-style world (in substance if not in name). Under the UN, the Iron Curtain Iron Curtain
Political, military, and ideological barrier erected by the Soviet Union after World War II to seal off itself and its dependent eastern European allies from open contact with the West and other noncommunist areas. that once divided Europe would, in effect, engulf en·gulf
tr.v. en·gulfed, en·gulf·ing, en·gulfs
To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing: The spring tide engulfed the beach houses. the entire planet.
During the height of the Cold War, many good Americans could easily detect the external threat of Communism but not the internal threat of betrayal by leaders who supposedly had America's best interests at heart. But only our leaders can surrender American sovereignty to the UN. Welch saw the danger early on, warning at the JBS founding meeting in 1958 that part of the conspiratorial plan "is to induce the gradual surrender of American sovereignty, piece by piece and step by step, to various international organizations -- of which the United Nations is the outstanding but far from the only example...." Soon thereafter he launched the Society's "Get US out! of the United Nations" campaign -- a campaign that has not only continued to the present day but has recently been intensified.
During the 1970s and '80s, the JBS delivered to Congress over 11 million petition signatures seeking to Get US out! of the UN. The process of collecting those signatures included the creation of much-needed understanding. It is impossible to measure the cumulative impact of the Society's decades-long Get US out! campaign on public opinion, but it must be profound. Undoubtedly, the Society's campaign has been responsible for millions of Americans rejecting the dangerous notion that the UN is "mankind's last, best hope for peace" and concluding instead that the U.S. should withdraw.
This awakening has also had a major impact on Congress. There was a time when the UN was so widely trusted that no more than a congressman or two would have dared called for U.S. withdrawal from the world body. But attitudes have changed. In 1997, the Get US out! campaign won a limited victory when, for the first time in the history of our nation's involvement in the world organization, Congress voted on a measure calling for our nation to withdraw. Fifty-four members of the House voted for it. Then, in 1999, Congress voted on a measure that would have cut off U.S. funding to the UN, thereby effectively ending U.S. participation. This time, 74 congressmen voted yea. Both measures were introduced by Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), who commented in 1998 that "the beneficial educational impact of the John Birch Society over the past four decades would be hard to overestimate o·ver·es·ti·mate
tr.v. o·ver·es·ti·mat·ed, o·ver·es·ti·mat·ing, o·ver·es·ti·mates
1. To estimate too highly.
2. To esteem too greatly. ."
It would take many pages to document all the accomplishments of the JBS since its founding in 1958. Because of space limitations, a couple examples from recent years will have to suffice:
* Killing Anthony Lake's nomination: After President Clinton nominated Anthony Lake Anthony Lake (born April 2, 1939 in New York City) was the National Security Advisor under US President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Lake is credited with developing the policy that led to the resolution of the Bosnian War. He is currently a faculty member at the Edmund A. to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) serves as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which is part of the United States Intelligence Community. He reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). in 1996, THE NEW AMERICAN (our Birch-affiliated magazine) published an important article exposing his subversive background, including his connections to the KGB-linked Institute for Policy Studies. Birchers swung expeditiously ex·pe·di·tious
Acting or done with speed and efficiency. See Synonyms at fast1.
ex into action, alerting others about Lake's background, especially key members of the House and Senate. The result was the scuttling Scuttling is the act of deliberately sinking a ship by allowing water to flow into the hull. This can be achieved in several ways - valves or hatches can be opened to the sea, or holes may be ripped into the hull with brute force or with explosives. of the nomination, and the Birch effort did not go unnoticed in the Establishment press. During the height of the campaign, a January 17, 1997 New York Times lead editorial sought to salvage Lake's selection. It noted: "The John Birch Society and other opponents are busily assembling a Lake dossier -- widely circulated on the Internet -- that depicts him as a dangerous radical." Then, an op-ed piece by Douglas Brinkley Douglas Brinkley (born December 14, 1960) is an American author and professor of history at Rice University. He previously was a professor of history at Tulane University where he also served as director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization. in the February 10th New York Times complained: "After Mr. Lake was nominated for Director of Central Intel ligence, the John Birch Society and other anti-government fringe groups launched a smear campaign.... In an error-ridden article in THE NEW AMERICAN ... William F. Jasper ... found a pattern of anti-Americanism.... The diatribe would not be worth mentioning except that its ludicrous charges have been picked up, in slightly milder fashion, by mainstream conservative publications like The Washington Times...."
* Impeaching President Clinton: The Society launched its "Impeach To accuse; to charge a liability upon; to sue. To dispute, disparage, deny, or contradict; as in to impeach a judgment or decree, or impeach a witness; or as used in the rule that a jury cannot impeach its verdict. Clinton Now!" campaign in November 1997, months before the scandal involving Monica Lewinsky Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom the former United States President Bill Clinton admitted (after initially denying) to having had an "inappropriate relationship" while Lewinsky worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. surfaced. The Society's network of A.C.T.I.O.N. (Activate Congress To Improve Our Nation) committees focused on the impeachable im·peach·a·ble
1. Capable of being impeached: venal, impeachable public servants.
2. Being such as to warrant impeachment: an impeachable offense. offense of bribery. A.C.T.I.O.N. provided solid evidence that the president had accepted funds for his re-election campaign from the Chinese regime and its American high-tech collaborators. In response, Mr. Clinton arranged for shipments to Beijing of militarily sensitive equipment in a scandal known as "Chinagate." Although Clinton was not impeached for Chinagate, it is likely he wouldn't have been impeached at all without the Birch effort.
Shortly before the House voted to impeach Bill Clinton, the Washington Post noted that "early impeachment impeachment, formal accusation issued by a legislature against a public official charged with crime or other serious misconduct. In a looser sense the term is sometimes applied also to the trial by the legislature that may follow. activists" included "the leaders of the John Birch Society," and that, "together, their success is a demonstration of how a determined and ideologically committed group can change the course of history...." Congressman Bob Barr
Robert L. (Bob) Barr, Jr. (born November 5, 1948) is an attorney and a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Georgia. (R-Ga.), one of the early voices calling for impeachment, noted: "I don't think we would have even gotten an impeachment inquiry vote without the efforts of A.C.T.I.O.N. and other grassroots mobilization efforts." Although Clinton was acquitted by the Senate, his impeachment sent a powerful message regarding abuse of power.
Both these successes were achieved decades after the Establishment fired its big guns at the JBS, supposedly leaving it for dead. The Establishment's number one gunner was Buckley, who had told friends: "I am going to destroy The John Birch Society." How successful was Buckley? Not terribly -- not when the organization he targeted for destruction is given credit for impeaching an elected president for the first time in American history. (*)
The JBS is now focusing most of its efforts on getting the U.S. out of the UN. To those who scoff that this is an unrealistic goal, I say, "That's exactly what the naysayers were claiming with regard to our efforts to impeach President Clinton."
When I joined The John Birch Society, I was still puzzled as to why William F. Buckley would attack such a worthwhile organization. It took me many years to conclude that Buckley knew exactly what he was doing. He attacked the JBS not because of its weaknesses but because of its strengths. He attacked it because it stood in the way of the internationalism and statism stat·ism
The practice or doctrine of giving a centralized government control over economic planning and policy.
statist adj. he was ushering in Noun 1. ushering in - the introduction of something new; "it signalled the ushering in of a new era"
first appearance, introduction, debut, entry, launching, unveiling - the act of beginning something new; "they looked forward to the debut of their new product line" from the Right. He attacked it because it offered a genuine alternative to the controlled debate provided by Establishment liberals and conservatives. That controlled debate presents Americans with lose-lose choices that will lead, ultimately, to total government and world government.
Buckley is now in the twilight of his life. He has done most of the damage he could ever hope to do. Yet the counterfeit conservatism he has minted is now being circulated by others, including William Bennett
William John Bennett (born July 31, 1943) is a American conservative pundit and politician. He served as United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. , Rush Limbaugh Rush Hudson Limbaugh III (born January 12, 1951) is an American conservative radio talk show host and political commentator. Born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he is a self-described conservative, who discusses politics and current events on his program, , William Kristol, and George W. Bush. The stakes in the struggle haven't changed, even though many of the participants have. Many years ago, in his Commonweal com·mon·weal
1. The public good or welfare.
2. Archaic A commonwealth or republic.
Noun 1. article, Buckley recommended "a totalitarian bureaucracy within our shores ... and the attendant centralization of power in Washington" as the means to fight Communism during the Cold War. Today's neoconservatives are calling for police state powers at home and a coalition of nations under the UN in order to win the war against terrorism. As the French say: "Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose" ("The more things change, the more they remain the same").
Unlike Buckley, the JBS may still be in the early morning hours of a long life, with its most productive years in the future. The organization struggled to survive after Robert Welch passed away in 1985, but over the past decade a new leadership team has strengthened its vitality and spurred it on to significant growth with a lengthening list of notable victories.
I am proud to be a part of that team. The key to ultimate success is not to "reinvent the wheel" but instead to focus on the organizational and philosophical principles Robert Welch established for The John Birch Society in the first place. By creating a principle-centered organization, Welch fully intended that the Society would thrive for decades if not centuries after his death, and that it would remain faithful to the purposes that attracted the early generations of Birchers.
The principles on which the JBS is based have given the organization tremendous resiliency and have kept it on course. As in Robert Welch's day, the JBS has the potential to expose the Conspiracy and to reverse America's slide into slavery. Yet that potential will only be realized if enough good Americans join the organization and become involved while freedom still exists.
Ironically, the top conspirators CONSPIRATORS. Persons guilty of a conspiracy. See 3 Bl. Com. 126-71 Wils. Rep. 210-11. See Conspiracy. may recognize The John Birch John Birch may refer to:
As the enemies of freedom move closer to their final destination, their true intent will become more obvious and more Americans will realize that something is wrong at the top. The Society stands poised to gather these individuals into its midst, deepen their newly acquired understanding, and enlist them in the Society's action program.
I invite readers to contact The John Birch Society. As Robert Welch often said, "Come join us in our proud companionship and in our epic undertaking."
* Andrew Johnson was impeached, but was not an elected president. He filled the vacancy created by the assassination Assassination
See also Murder.
Fanatical Moslem sect that smoked hashish and murdered Crusaders (11th—12th centuries). [Islamic Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 52]
conspirator and assassin of Julius Caesar. [Br. of Abraham Lincoln.
This article originally appeared as a chapter in William F. Buckley, Jr.: Pied Piper Pied Piper
charms children of Hamelin with music. [Children’s Lit.: “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” in Dramatic Lyrics, Fisher, 279–281]
See : Enchantment for the Establishment, and is reprinted here with the permission of The John Birch Society. To order the book, see the ad on page 4.