I thought the John Birch Society had died. At least I was hoping so. But low and behold here they are again. I guess they figure since the Tea Baggers and all the other right-wing nuts are making such a splash, they'd cut in on some of the action and get a little of that publicity.
Historically, the JBS is an anti-everything kind of group. Anti-totalitarian, anti-socialist and anti-communist. They're even anti-books like "Animal Farm and "Tom Sawyer." They are against desegregration and were against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Interestingly, they now have one or two blacks pictured on their website.
They are anti-one world government, anti-United Nations, anti-NAFTA, anti-CAFTA and anti- any other free trade agreement. But they are pro-immigration reduction, pro-God, pro-motherhood and pro-apple pie.
Unlike the gutless Republican Party of today, there were some who had the courage to criticize the JBS back in the 1960s. In 1962 the Michigan Republican State Central Committee adopted a resolution denouncing the ultra-conservative group. A couple of years later Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York and Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton jointly attacked the JBS. As time went by, there were more and more GOP members who had the guts to criticize the extremist group.
In lieu of anyone in the GOP having a spine that doesn't have herniated discs, Rachel Maddow comes to our rescue. Crooks and Liars writes:
It seems the John Birch Society wasn't too happy about Rachel Maddow's December 18th show and some of the things she said about them promoting conspiracy theories. Sadly for the John Birch Society as Rachel notes, there is a public record that contradicts their complaints. I agree with her on their sponsorship of CPAC this year. Given the direction the Republican Party is headed, it just looks like a natural fit.