If there was ever an organization which has been vilified to the nth degree, to the point that if you express any sympathy at all with its aims, you yourself are seriously labelled and shunned, then that organization has to be the John Birch Society.
As René Mathis said in Quantum of Solace and I often quote:
But I guess when one is young, it seems very easy to distinguish between right and wrong but as one gets older, it becomes more difficult – the villains and the heroes get all mixed up.
Just for once, I thought I’d put the reputation to one side and actually look at what they stand for:
# JBS accepts membership from any races and has had many members of various persuasions. The only stipulations are that they be of good character and support the society’s principles, listed below. As members come from all walks of life, they are going to disagree on many issues whilst agreeing on the central ones of opposing collectivization and supporting the Constitution, limited government and free enterprise.
# The society identifies with Christian principles, seeks to limit governmental powers, and opposes wealth redistribution, and economic interventionism. It not only opposes practices it terms collectivism, totalitarianism, and communism, but socialism and fascism as well, which it asserts is infiltrating US governmental administration.
# In a 1983 edition of Crossfire, Congressman Larry McDonald (D–Georgia), then its newly appointed president, characterized the society as belonging to the Old Right rather than the New Right. In other words, not Neocon but the old conservative way. He was killed sometime after opposing the Fed and calling for an investigation of same.
# JBS is opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, claiming it violated the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and overstepped individual states’ rights to enact laws regarding civil rights. Civil rights legislation should have come from the states and the communities rather than being used as a steppingstone toward our present-day out-of-control federal government.
# It endorses the timeless principles of the Declaration of Independence. The Society also labors to warn against and expose the forces that seek to abolish U.S. independence, build a world government, or otherwise undermine our personal liberties and national independence.
# It endorses the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of our national government, and works toward educating and activating Americans to abide by the original intent of the Founding Fathers.
# While the JBS doesn’t agree with water fluoridation on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional mass medication of the public, it was never opposed as a mind-control plot.
# A conspiracy exists when two or more persons work secretly for an evil or unlawful purpose. Given the state that America is in today, one could argue that an unconstitutional agenda is no longer secret, but in the open for all to see. Those that continue to work against the Constitution do so brazenly, continuing to make promises and entitlements to citizens that the country cannot afford while committing future generations to crushing debt and ever decreasing prosperity at the expense of liberty.
# JBS has never been funded by any Rockefeller money. Nelson Rockefeller publicly attacked JBS, and JBS has exposed the Rockefeller support for the United Nations and its goal of a new world order more than any other organization. It is also disliked by the National Review and other new-right, establishment figures.
# The society opposes “one world government“, and has an immigration reduction view on immigration reform. It opposes the United Nations, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), and other free trade agreements.
# JBS argues that the U.S. Constitution has been devalued to favor of political and economic globalization, and that such alleged trend is not accidental. It cites the existence of the Security and Prosperity Partnership as evidence of a push towards a North American Union. Stuart A. Wright has said that their political racism however was no different from both Republicans and Democratic politicians of the time.
Er … do you see anything actually wrong in there?