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  •  The right is not killing the GOP; they are the GOP (30+ / 0-)

    My new book, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America's Radical Right (Beacon Press) tells the story of the rise of the John Birch Society in the 1960s. You may not realize it, but the Birch Society was the largest, most effective and most controversial right wing organization in the US.

    Today's right wing is a reincarnation of those old right wing radicals with more money, more media support and more electoral muscle. But, their ideas sound like the Birch leaders who hung out at my house.

    We make a mistake to think that the right are cranks or kooks. These folks are intent on changing America into a theocratic, non-democratic system with a paralyzed federal government. All power will reside in the states.

    Please look at my book (available on-line and in stores). We have to understand the past in order to avoid repeating it. And we have to start figuring this out now.

    The right wing is NOT killing the GOP; it's taking it over. Whether they ever win the White House will matter little when they control 30 states, one branch of the government, local governments and the judiciary. The right loves the gridlock we now have in DC; stopping the federal government from doing anything is exactly what they want.

    •  Thank You Claire - I Will Definitely Order Your (12+ / 0-)

      book, your reasoning is very astute. I agree - the John Birchers have taken over the GOP, and have the wealthy Birchers on their side (having driven away wealthy moderate Republicans like the Rockefellers). It is up to Progressives to make sure we elect Progressive Democrats at the local level, and in state legislatures and in governors seats, so judicial appointments to the courts can stay friendly to Progressives. Meanwhile we can't forget the Federal level either, but we have got to stop the right wingers at the local and state level first.

      •  Will Daily Kos review my book? Kirkus did. (0+ / 0-)

        “Prompted by the rise of the modern-day tea party, Conner writes of her experiences as the child of leaders in the radical right-wing John Birch Society. “My parents are back.” That was the author’s response to the rise of the tea party after the election of Barack Obama in 2008. In this memoir/history, she opens new insights into the conservative political movement, with the echoes of the profoundest aspects of family life providing the links between then and now. Her parents, Stillwell and Laurene Conner, were among the 1958 founders of the Birch Society, an organization that opposed racial integration, welfare programs, the United Nations and other seemingly progressive programs and organizations. Conner’s parents were involved with the organization’s national leadership for more than 30 years. Like her parents, the Birchers went too far with their anti-Semitism and extreme economic and social theories. She details how they were pushed out of the Republican Party and shows how they adopted what the author calls “Plan B,” in which monied Birchers redirected their funds into think tanks and foundations. Among them was Fred Koch, founder and national leader of the Birth Society and father of current tea party backers David and Charles Koch. In 1993, some Birchers, including the author’s mother, even offered mild support for the Oklahoma City bombers for “defending the rest of us from the government.” Conner’s parents employed threats and violence to condition her to represent her parents’ politics to the broader world and accept the consequences of physical retaliation, ostracism and ridicule in return. The author’s personal struggle to free herself from those whose minds “the facts never changed” shapes her memoir and enriches the accumulating literature on the tea party. An invaluable contribution to understanding the mentality of extremist conservatism and its supporters.”
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    •  Exactly right... (14+ / 0-)

      The tea party is nothing more than the John Birch Society with a haircut and a new suit.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:24:50 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

        I remind people that the ideas of today's GOP are re-writes of Birch ideas. Time for the left to stop laughing at the goof with tea bags hanging from their tri-corner hats and wake up. Those people are NOT running the show. The Kochs and company are calling the shots.

    •  I think your post is closer ... (10+ / 0-)

      ... to the truth than the diary, Claire Conner, and I would just add what bluestatedon posted below. Palin, Santorum and Bachmann were distractions as the GOP stole whole state houses and governorships.

      I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

      by Tortmaster on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:28:33 AM PDT

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    •  Forgot To Mention That Fred Koch - Father Of David (12+ / 0-)

      and Charles Koch (aka the Koch brothers ) was a founding member of the John Birch Society - that says it all!

    •  NO they aren't that's why I am concerned when (5+ / 0-)

      people call them nuts.

      They are evil and dedicated.

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 09:44:07 AM PDT

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    •  All power will reside in capital (0+ / 0-)

      But I guess by this point, that is "Mission Accomplished".

      "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

      by ActivistGuy on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 11:56:18 AM PDT

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