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Monday, July 8, 2013

Rubio, Kochs, John Birch Society!!!

The following involves a bit of reading. Reading takes time.  Time is of no consequence, for people who truly are seekers of information. Information helps free the mind from dogmas, manipulation and plutocracy.

Marco Rubio accepts Koch Brothers invitation to speak where!

Down With Tyranny
Marco Rubio To Give Keynote Speech For Koch Brothers' New John Birch Society  

The linked article above provides perspective on how far down the ladder Marco Rubio has fallen.

Rubio knows the history of the John Birch Society as well as anyone in the United States. Yet, he is the classic example of a politician who benefited from large infusions of cash from moneyed plutocrats. He is (as they would say in the Old West) "Obliging."  A few words about the John Birch Society.

Although anti-socialist and anti-communist as its core mission and value, never underestimate the fissures of the John Birch Society that most assured reached into anti-Civil Rights.  If I am not mistaken, the JBS also had, and continues to maintain,  anti-Semitic belief paradigm.

Racist roots: The John Birch Society today denies any racial or anti-Semitic animus, but it wasn’t always so. The society joined others on the far right in accusing Martin Luther King of attending a “Communist training school” in the 1960s. WILLIAM LOVELACE/GETTY IMAGES

The man pictured at the meeting was so obviously not Martin Luther King, Jr. Does the 1964 image remind of anything today. How about and the Fox News broadcast model.  
The resurgence of the John Birch Society (JBS) is no surprise.  As with the exponential growth of militia groups and hate groups post the first inauguration of the nation's first African-American President, groups such as the JBS and the Tea Party should have been expected as resurgent off-shoots.
JBS Founder, Welch
If you are a consistent reader of the TPI, you know that David and Charles Koch are major supporters of the Tea Party, Freedom Works and The Americans for Prosperity Foundation.  In fact, we think it safe to posit, were it not for Koch money, the nation would be free of a Tea Party infested 112th and 113th Congress with approval ratings reaching single digits.  Whether you have a personal affinity for the tea party (was you once perceived it) its impact on progress toward improving our economy is as reliable to the negative as the 24 hour clock.  The movement has also drawn support from groups who are intolerant against people who are not white Americans. I saw so despite the like of Allen West, Ted Cruz, and the former tea arty poster figure Marco Rubio.   The Kochs are also son's of  JBS founding member.

Earlier in 2013, The Southern Poverty Law Center published a piece about the resurgent JBS.

Southern Poverty Law Center:  Bringing Back Birch
Charges of racism and anti-Semitism have dogged the John Birch Society since its earliest days. It opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s, saying the African-American freedom movement was being manipulated from Moscow with the goal of creating a “Soviet Negro Republic” in the Southern United States. The society was a close ally of Alabama’s segregationist governer George Wallace and reportedly had 100 chapters in and around Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, as well as chapters across the rest of the state. Thompson, the group’s CEO, said the society has never been either racist or anti-Semitic, going so far as to add that once a member is discovered to harbor such views he or she is immediately “booted out.’’

From Welch to Koch
The John Birch Society has been knocked down and counted out numerous times since it was founded in 1958 by Robert Welch, a brilliant, wealthy former candy manufacturer, high-ranking Massachusetts Republican Party official and board member of the ultra-conservative National Association of Manufacturers. The society was named after an American missionary and Army intelligence officer executed by the Chinese days after World War II. One of the society’s first members and major backers was Fred Koch, a multimillionaire businessman, who left a fortunate to his sons. David and Charles Koch have become the billionaire sugar daddies of today’s American right.
New Bottles, Old Wine
Back from the Birchers: Claire Conner 
grew up among leading lights of the 

society, but completely rejected its 
views later in life. COURTESY CLAIRE 
At 67, Claire Conner has been watching the John Birch Society up close and very personal for most of her life. Conner was once right-wing royalty, a princess in the court of Welch. Her father was a member of the 25-person national council of the society for 32 years. He was the first official Bircher in Chicago. Her mother was the second. They signed their daughter up when she was 13. Welch often stayed at their home when visiting the city on Birch business. “He was kind of off-putting when you first met him,” Conner said. “You expected this giant of a man. He had sinus problems and was forever coughing into a handkerchief. When he gave a speech, he just read it. But he was brilliant, and, at the dinner table, he was very animated.’’ 
Conner long ago turned her back on the society. Today, she is an unabashed, proud, Obama-loving liberal. She has written a funny and sometimes sad book about growing up Birch called Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right that is due to be released by Beacon Press in early July. She worries that her fellow liberals are making an old mistake, underestimating the John Birch Society and its ability to “create havoc.” 
“I always say to my liberal friends you better stop laughing at these people and pay attention,” she says. “The ideas that you hear today coming from the right were generated in the ’60s by the John Birch Society. It’s new language, but the same ideas. In terms of the intellectual framework of the GOP, it’s the Birch Society every single day.” 
She says liberals are still celebrating Obama’s re-election while the Birchers and the rest of the right are back at work. One lost election or 20 years of lost elections, she says, won’t discourage them. “If anything,” she says, “they’re going to be energized. They really believe President Obama is part of the socialist revolution that began with FDR. So, they’re going to dig in their heels. They’re going to get busy and stay busy. As the kids say, that’s how they roll.
Modern American conservatism is busting at the seems with wacky examples of people who desire a nation that is governed via various forms of plutocracy.  Billionaires and millionaires do not spend opulent sums of money without a pre-determined purpose. If they spend, as business men (and in a fewer cases women) they expect a very business-like common ROI (Return on Investment).  In fairness, the Left also has major contributors who give opulent sums.  We do not, however, find those contributors stoking the fires of liberalism to the point of advancing agendas comparable to how the Kochs influence right-wing politics. We do not find an organizations comparable to the American Legislative Exchange council (ALEC) on the Left. In fact, we do not even find efforts by Liberals donors to influence state governance as does the members of ALEC. I personally cannot recall Left leaning corporations forming bounds to shape legislation.  All said, Rubio accepts and invitation to speak at the John Birch Society existentially places the Cuban-immigrant descendant in a precarious position with no good end.  

The "price" (pun intended) we pay!

Video perspectives from the founder of the JBS.  You will notice a clear focus on socialism, communism and anti-government dogma.  What you do not see in the following video are clear anti-Civil Rights and clear anti-Semite views that accompany the JBS platform and paradigm-ed beliefs systems.

What is the John Birch society?

The John Birch Society (10 plus minutes)

The John Birch Society (9:00 Minutes) 

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