Long before QAnon, Ronald Reagan and the GOP purged John Birch extremists from the party

In 1962, some of America’s most influential conservatives met to talk about a growing threat: the rise of paranoid conspiracy theories on the right.

Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) was thinking about running for president. A mutual friend set up a meeting for Goldwater with William F. Buckley Jr., editor of the conservative National Review, and Russell Kirk, author of the 1953 book “The Conservative Mind.”

In a hotel suite in Palm Beach, Fla., Buckley and Kirk found themselves giving Goldwater advice about how to respond to the ultra-right-wing John Birch Society’s surge in popularity. The society, founded in 1958, was fiercely anti-communist — and fond of supposedly crackpot theories. Its founder, candy manufacturer Robert Welch, had accused most of the U.S. government — including former Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower — of being under secret communist control.

Boy, were they wrong and the John Birch Society was 100% SPOT-ON!

From: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/01/15/john-birch-society-qanon-reagan-republicans-goldwater/

Alas, it is too bad they didn’t listen, as our country has now been overrun by communists. Lt. Colonel Allen West says about 80 House Democrats are members of the Communist Party. The Congressional Progressive Caucus is what the American Communist Party now call themselves, intended to deflect attention away from what they truly stand for.

The following is a partial list of Communist Party members currently serving in our nation’s congress at the time of this writing. The Congressional Progressive Caucus is now what the American Communist party call themselves; intended to deflect what they really stand for. Source: Their own website:
https://cpc-grijalva.house.gov/caucus-members/

Congressional Progressive Caucus Members
Co-Chairs
Mark Pocan

Pramila Jayapal

Chairman Emeriti
Raúl Grijalva

Barbara Lee

First Vice Chair
Ro Khanna

Vice Chairs
David Cicilline

Katherine Clark

Debbie Dingell

Veronica Escobar

Ruben Gallego

Sheila Jackson Lee

Joe Neguse

Donald Norcross

Jan Schakowsky

Mark Takano

Whip
Ilhan Omar

Deputy Whips
Mark DeSaulnier

Lloyd Doggett

Deb Haaland

Adriano Espaillat

Andy Levin

Special Order Hour Conveners
Katie Porter

Rashida Tlaib

PAC Co-Chair
Jamie Raskin

Senate Member
Bernie Sanders

House Members
Alma Adams

Nanette Barragán

Karen Bass

Eddie Bernice Johnson

Don Beyer

Earl Blumenauer

Lisa Blunt Rochester

Suzanne Bonamici

Brendan Boyle

André Carson

Matt Cartwright

Judy Chu

Gil Cisneros

Yvette Clarke

Wm.Lacy Clay

Steve Cohen

Angie Craig

Elijah Cummings

Danny Davis

Madeleine Dean

Peter DeFazio

Rosa DeLauro

Dwight Evans

Lois Frankel

Marcia Fudge

Tulsi Gabbard

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia

Sylvia Garcia

Jimmy Gomez

Katie Hill

Eleanor Holmes Norton

Steven Horsford

Jared Huffman

Hakeem Jeffries

Hank Johnson

Joe Kennedy III

Dan Kildee

Andy Kim

Brenda Lawrence

Barbara Lee

Mike Levin

John Lewis

Ted Lieu

David Loebsack

Zoe Lofgren

Alan Lowenthal

Carolyn Maloney

James McGovern

Gwen Moore

Joe Morelle

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

Jerrold Nadler

Grace Napolitano

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Frank Pallone

Jimmy Panetta

Chellie Pingree

Ayanna Pressley

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Linda Sanchez

Mary Gay Scanlon

José Serrano

Brad Sherman

Adam Smith

Darren Soto

Bennie Thompson

Lori Trahan

Nydia Velázquez

Maxine Waters

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Peter Welch

Frederica Wilson

John Yarmuth

The following theme song for the John Birch Society rings even more true today.

The John Birch Society was called a “right wing extremist” group in the 1960’s and they’re still demonized for their beliefs. But the heck of it is, they were and ARE 100% CORRECT.

John Birch Society Song
Lyrics by Michael Brown

Oh, we’re meetin’ at the courthouse at eight o’clock tonight
You just walk in the door and take the first turn to the right
Be careful when you get there, we hate to be bereft
But we’re taking down the names of everybody turning left
Oh, we’re the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Here to save our country from a communistic plot
Join the John Birch Society, help us fill the ranks
To get this movement started we need lots of tools and cranks
Now there’s no one that we’re certain the Kremlin doesn’t touch
We think that Westbrook Pegler doth protest a bit too much
We only hail the hero from whom we got our name
We’re not sure what he did but he’s our hero just the same
Oh, we’re the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Socialism is the ism dismalest of all
Join the John Birch Society, there’s so much to do
Have you heard they’re serving vodka at the WCTU?
Well you’ve heard about the agents that we’ve already named
Well MPA has agents that are flauntedly unashamed
We’re after Rosie Clooney, we’ve gotten Pinkie Lee
And the day we get Red Skelton won’t that be a victory
Oh we’re the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Norman Vincent Peale may think he’s kidding us along
But the John Birch Society knows he spilled the beans
He keeps on preaching brotherhood, but we know what he means
We’ll teach you how to spot ’em in the cities or the sticks
For even Jasper Junction is just full of Bolsheviks
The CIA’s subversive and so’s the FCC
There’s no one left but thee and we, and we’re not sure of thee
Oh, we’re the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Here to save our country from a communistic plot
Join the John Birch Society holding off the Reds
We’ll use our hand and hearts and if we must we’ll use our heads
Do you want Justice Warren for your Commissar?
Do you want Mrs. Krushchev in there with the DAR?
You cannot trust your neighbor or even next of kin
If mommie is a commie then you gotta turn her in
Oh, we’re the John Birch Society, the John Birch Society
Fighting for the right to fight the right fight for the Right
Join the John Birch Society as we’re marching on
And we’ll all be glad to see you when we’re meeting in the John
The John, the John Birch So- ci- I- teee.

Published by Global Freedom Movement

“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” ~Mark Twain

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