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LVZ Donating Member (632 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 05:25 AM
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Paranoid Right - been there, done that
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/24/new-conserv... /

In the 1950s, conservatives were angered when their champion, Ohio Sen. Robert Taft, was shoved aside by Republican elites in favor of the moderate Dwight Eisenhower.

Kathy Olmsted, a University of California, Davis historian of the period, notes that they accused the one-time Supreme Allied Commander of being a communist agent, an allegation made repeatedly by candy tycoon Robert Welch.


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Dogmudgeon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 06:06 AM
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1. Robert Welch founded the John Birch Society
He also gave the world Lemonheads and Junior Mints, which were candies before they were bands.

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LVZ Donating Member (632 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 09:33 AM
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2. Many years ago out of curiosity I sat in on a Birch Society meeting
I was a long-haired bearded student at the U of Arizona at the time. Given my counterculture look, I was surprised at the positive reception I got. I think they had a delusion that the original dittohead Birch Society programming was starting to infect a larger public, even someone like me.

The meeting itself was a rather boring affair - slide after slide about how John Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King were all communists. It was so surrealistic that I found it hard not to laugh at some of the head-nodding insanity in that room.
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Brother Buzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 10:27 AM
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3. Hell, hardline anti-communist rightwinger Richard Nixon even considered them "nuts and kooks."
and he was from the ground zero hotbed of the john Birch Society movement, Orange County, California.

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