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John Birch Society = early Tea Party?

Postby Huckleby » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:06 am

Joy Cardin's radio show is interviewing Claire Conner, the daughter of one of the founders of the John Birch Society in the 50's during 8AM hour. She joined the JBS at age 13, and points out the similarities to the Tea Party. She is from Chicago, lived many years in Wisconsin. Headquarters of the JBS has been in Appleton, WI since 1990's. Funny how the JBS was widely considered a whacko group in its heyday. Country has really changed.

Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right

BTW, Fred Koch, daddy of the Koch bros, was a founder of the JBS.

You can listen to the show online (later today)
http://news.wpr.org/programs/joy-cardin-show
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Re: John Birch Society = early Tea Party?

Postby wack wack » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:55 am

I don't think the country has changed, but money and media have. The relative ubiquity of the Tea Party does not diminish its whackoness.

The Tea Party could not and would not have risen 20 years ago; it is a very small group of people who use a very large amount of money and manipulated media to make themselves seem much bigger and more relevant.

it's the biggest joke about Ned's "LSM" accusations: if the media was even slightly left-leaning, the Tea Party would've disappeared long ago.
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Re: John Birch Society = early Tea Party?

Postby Huckleby » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:49 pm

wack wack wrote:I don't think the country has changed, but money and media have. The relative ubiquity of the Tea Party does not diminish its whackoness.


The ideas of the JBS have spread into the mainstream, so I would say the country has changed. I think money and conservative media made that happen starting in the 1990's.

The core dogma of the Tea Party really is JBS exactly. The only difference is that immigration has replaced communism as the foreign threat - but the woman in this interview emphasizes that the JBS really always was mostly about domestic economic issues, even though they were more famously anti-commy.

The leaders of the republican party and conservative thinkers made a conscious decision to shun the JBS back in the sixties. Today, we hear even mainstream REpublicans like John Boehner mouth JBS dogma like "we should be measured by how many laws we repeal, not by how many we pass."

You can listen to the podcast through this link, it's damn interesting (and satisfying to smug liberals like ourselves):
http://wpr.org/wcast/download-mp3-reque ... eID=164216
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Re: John Birch Society = early Tea Party?

Postby gozer » Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:52 pm

wack wack wrote:I don't think the country has changed, but money and media have. The relative ubiquity of the Tea Party does not diminish its whackoness.

The Tea Party could not and would not have risen 20 years ago; it is a very small group of people who use a very large amount of money and manipulated media to make themselves seem much bigger and more relevant.

it's the biggest joke about Ned's "LSM" accusations:

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if the media was even slightly left-leaning, the Tea Party would've disappeared long ago.
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