eternal flame Wrote: Claire Conner, in her 2013 book "Wrapped in the Flag" --- has exposed many "secrets" of the John Birch Society, from back in 1958, when it first began, & her parents were leaders in the Society & her Father was on the JBS National Council -- for over 30 years until their deaths. She was made a member at age 13, & was required to attend meetings in her house 6 nights per week. She personally met many of the Top Leaders when they came to visit her home, often spending the night. Like Robert Welch (the Founder himself) & Revilo Oliver (who began a separate neo-Fascist group). As a very young adult, just starting high school, Claire saw the Birch Society evolve into a very powerful political force in the Republican Party. And her parents were seriously working for its advancement in the city of Chicago. She has amazing insights of the JBS & tells of her own evolution in thinking, as time went on, into her adulthood. Now she is 69 years old, & has seen the whole history of the JBS, & its change into the Tea Party.Some "new ideas" of the Republican Party actually began way back in the 1960's. For instance, the Birchers did NOT want for "everyone" to have a Right to Vote. Even William F. Buckley, said that the idea that everyone was qualified to vote was "one of the great self-delusions of democracy." He hypothesized that maybe 50% of the people are qualified to vote." (p. 129) Claire's father thought that only "land-owners" should vote, while her mother believed that "anyone who got anything out of the govt, should sit out elections." A good friend of her parents, Paul Weyrich, was responsible for many recent voter suppression laws in state legislatures across the USA. And, Mr. Weyrich was the architect of most of today's right wing. Some are: The Heritage Foundation (a huge right wing think tank), Then, the "Moral Majority" (that brought evangelicals into the GOP. Then, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) which created many of the voter-suppression bills. (Necessary, the GOP says, due to immense "voter fraud" -- which is denied by the Brennan Center for Justice). MOST OF THE BIRCHERS would still cheer every effort to make it harder to vote, since "way too many of those bleeding-heart people were likely to vote for "liberals".(p. 134) While her Dad was Birching & her Mom was churching, both wanted to dramatically change the United States, by shrinking the federal govt, eliminating the New Deal, gutting all regulation, getting us out of the United Nations, halting all civil rights legislation, & fighting the ERA (of the evil "feminist movement").A personal friend of Robt Welch (JBS Founder), was named John Rushdoony, who was leader of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement. Mr. Rushdoony published "Institutes of Biblical Law" (in 1973). He cited Old Testament Laws that would be the new justice system, in "Christian America" & included some very severe punishments for law breakers. "Criminals would be burned at the stake, stoned, & hanged, depending on their sins. Those who would get such severe punishments, included: gays, blasphemers, unchaste women, & juvenile delinquents. Of course, doctors who provided "abortions" (& their patients) would also be executed." (p. 135). Rushdoony realized it would take work to bring his vision for America to fruition, & he saw "home-schooling" as the way, to train up a generation, to construct a religious order that denies religious liberty to the enemies of God." And Francis Schaeffer, a new evangelical leader, suggested that Christians should at least consider "righteous violence" as a last recourse, to defend their threatened rights. (p. 136).I only mention this, because it sounds just like the CURRENT right-winger Religious, who are now traveling to Israel, (next week) to claim their religion is going to "get rid of the Jews" and any other religions in America, except for the fundamentalist Christians. This is of course "extremist" thinking, which goes against everything our Founders believed, and will only lead to more turmoil in our government (& world) leadership. But HERE is another thing that is troubling about the "Christian" right-wingers belief that Jews are not welcome to live in America, unless they "convert" to Christianity. It is the general ignorance of their beliefs, since Jesus Christ was himself a Jew, born to Jewish parents, in a Jewish nation. So HOW COULD Jesus want "no JEWS" to be allowed in any "Christian" nation? (Jesus was educated in a Jewish synagogue & taught by rabbi's). Hard to believe right-wingers did not know that.
jaredsxtn Wrote: Thomas Paine was a true revolutionary. I don't want to come across as too hyperbolic, but he might be single handily responsible for sparking the revolution that led to the colonies divorce with England. I'd encourage anyone who hasn't read 'Common Sense' to do so. It is some of the best reading you will ever do.It's amazing how times can change, but things stay the exact same. We are still dealing with corruption as much today as we were in the 1700's. The moral mischief of the moneyed elite was given a stamp of approval by the Supreme Court in 2010 and it will only get much, much worse before it will ever get better. The Koch Brothers recently announced that they plan to spend nearly one billion dollars in 2016 and that is just TWO individuals. Thomas Paine would surely be rolling over in his grave.
Schmidt Wrote: Dutch -- I might agree with you to an extent, but the problem is that Movement Conservatism, especially the Christian evangelical faction, is on a passionate crusade to rule. While we liberals would like to think of good things and not let the world screw up our minds, we cannot sit back and let them impose their crazy ideologies on our government policies. I admire EF's passion. We need more critical thinkers like her, especially on election day when many liberals and Democrats do indeed stay home and take a nap.