Drinking that Birch Beer

CPAC 2010This year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) Conference has ended. This year may have been the most important CPAC Conference in recent history. There wasn’t much of substance accomplished (there never is, because that’s not the point), but this is shaping up to be the reshaping of the Republican party. Into a good shape, this time.

There will be more posted about this conference, but let’s start from the beginning: the sponsors. This year one of the big cosponsors is the John Birch Society. The JBS has a bad reputation on the left, but it is one of the truly traditional conservative organizations. And mainstream as well, until the leftist firebrand William F. Buckley, Jr. essentially kicked it out of the mainstream Conservative movement by publishing an ad hominem attack on its leader. He said of its leader, Robert Welch:

“How can the John Birch Society be an effective political instrument while it is led by a man whose views on current affairs are, at so many critical points…so far removed from common sense? That dilemma weighs on conservatives across America…The underlying problem is whether conservatives can continue to acquiesce quietly in a rendition of the causes of the decline of the Republic and the entire Western world which is false, and, besides that, crucially different in practical emphasis from their own.”

Until that point it was a fairly popular organization (they estimated up to a million members), but after Buckley’s attack piece it was pushed to the back burner to simmer.

There are a lot of lies out there about the JBS, and MSNBC tried to add to them via their resident female host, Rachel Maddow. This isn’t the first hit job she’s done on them, but it is the most recent. She tried to perpetuate the myth that the JBS was opposed to fluoridation of the water supply because it was a communist plot. That would be ridiculous. No, the JBS opposed fluoridation because it was the test to see if we would accept mass medication via the water supply. If so, then birth control would be put in the water supply to decrease our population growth. But because of vigilance of he JBS, it was never done. They saved us, and how did we repay them? With ridicule and a mocking folk song.

But now the JBS’s brand of conspiracy theories and paranoia are back in vogue, because this time they’re true. I mean, last time they were true, too, as proven by the JBS’s response to the Maddow hackery. But now they’re even more true. Climate Change? A hoax. A One World Government? Planned. Moving off the gold standard? Unconstitutional. The Federal Reserve? Unconstitutional. It is clear that the John Birch Society’s time has come. They’ve moved from simmering on the back burner to boiling on the front.

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