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While Mitt Romney wants you to believe he's a moderate, he's actually the most extreme candidate for president since Barry Goldwater in 1964. While members of the John Birch Society hide their membership because it would instantly disqualify them from office, they can't hide their positions, and if their positions align perfectly with the extremist group, one can safely assume that they're a card carrying member.

The John Birch Society would appear to be an ancient political organization that is no longer relevant, a fringe group of far right nuts who think everyone is a communist and water fluoridation is a tool for mind control. Its power is hidden however, and very much alive. Billionaire's like the Koch brothers are behind it, its headquarters are in Wisconsin where JBS members are quietly shaping that state for the worse, and its agenda is the same as the Tea Party's, a JBS front group. Mitt Romney's agenda mirrors the John Birch Society. On every single issue he sides with this extremist group. He is the JBS candidate, an extremist who's hiding in plain sight. His selection of Paul Ryan attests to this.

How extreme is the JBS? Members had to go underground after the JBS sided with segregationist George Wallace. After numerous bombings, the JBS became associated with violence and extremism. When founding members formed white supremacist groups and members like James Earl Ray took violent action, the JBS was shunned as too dangerous and went underground. Billionaire leaders like Coors, Scaife and the Koch's worked diligently over the years keeping a distance but pushing the JBS agenda. Mitt Romney is their current spokesman. On issue after issue, Romney agrees with the JBS.

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  2. JBS despises the United Nations and so does Romney:  "Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney called the United Nations a failure on Thursday and said he would support a new coalition of the free nations of the world."   
  3. JBS has always supported Voter Suppression efforts as does Romney: ''In my state we joke 'vote early and vote often' and I am afraid the other side has been doing that a bit too much in some places. I like voter ID laws by the way … more of them.''-- Romney   
  4. JBS fought tooth and nail opposing national Health Care: ..."we must replace Obamacare,” Romney said. “That is my mission. That is our work, and I’m asking the people of America to join me.”   
  5. JBS is an anti-Semitic group that sees the Federal Reserve as a Jewish plot. JBS senator Rand Paul vouches for Romney: "Will he talk about the Fed as much or as eloquently as my father? Maybe not, but he is supporting audit the Fed which is a big deal for myself and many of our supporters."   
  6. JBS members oppose taxes like no other group and advocating for Tax Cuts is a mandatory ticket for membership. Romney walks the talk, becoming famous for wanting to cut taxes 20% across the board.   
  7. JBS organizes front groups with deceptive, non-threatening names and hidden leadership . The Tea Party is the most powerful one yet. Besides picking Tea Party darling Paul Ryan as his VP, Romney's positions line up identically with the Tea Party, and they support him universally.   
  8. JBS opposes all environmental regulations and tries to debunk Climate Change: Romney has joked about the "rising seas" and ridicules carbon emission laws.   
  9. JBS is the most racist group to hit America in the last 50 years. They opposed Civil Rights at every turn. This is the most damning indictment of Mitt Romney that  there is, and there can be no doubt that Romney is unqualified to be president on this single issue. Besides hiding behind racist surrogates like John Sununu and Donald Trump, Romney's opposition to Obama seems visceral.   
  10. JBS has a structure that requires complete obedience, orders are made at the top and followers are expected to follow them without question. Besides his membership in a church organized the same way, Romney took the JBS Party Line in every single Republican debate.   
  11. JBS fueled Anti-Communist hysteria during the Cold War. JBS member's hate liberals, they believe that anything but pure capitalism will lead to communism and destroy individual freedom. Romney shares these beliefs. He's bashed our democratic allies in Europe as only a Bircher can.   
  12. JBS likes to engage in phony shows of Patriotism, they consider themselves the only true Americans. Romney is notorious for singing patriotic anthems, covering his heart in spontaneous recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance, surrounds himself with the most flags and wears the biggest flag pin, all the while painting the other guy as unAmerican.   
  13. JBS members hate taxes, but they're especially concerned about the Graduated Tax and the "Death Tax". Romney falls right in line. His comments about the 47% that pay no taxes reflects his disgust.   
  14. JBS has no concern for other countries and wants all Foreign Aid to be cut. Romney agrees and says that he would "start everything at zero."   
  15. JBS members know each other by the company they keep. Romney's Associations are obvious. Ask yourself, why are the most extreme right wingers Mitt Romney's biggest advocates?  Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, Orrin Hatch, the Koch Brothers, Jim DeMint, all these JBS members have gone all in.   
  16. JBS is a businessman's group, started by prominent members of the National Association of Manufacturers. As such they oppose all regulations on business including any Wall Street Reform. Surprise, that's Mitt Romney's policies as well.   
  17. JBS attempts to take over the school system are legendary. Members secretly tried to take over the PTA and were elected to school boards across the country. School Vouchers are an attempt to destroy teacher unions and control the curriculum. Romney backs almost all current JBS school policies.   
  18. JBS wants to destroy unions and constantly go after Collective Bargaining Rights and Right to Work Laws. Remember when Kansas was Demcratic? That was before the Wichita Koch Brother's and the JBS went after labor unions. This is what they're doing with Wisconsin and Ohio presently. Romney toes the JBS line here as well.   
  19. JBS has always called for Women to stay at home. You can judge for yourself what Mitt Romney's thoughts on women are.

I could continue on with how Mitt Romney's views are identical to the John Birch Society's, but the election's tomorrow and I think I've done enough. These aren't just political positions, these are positions that are backed by the most violent and reactionary men in America. Romney will empower these people.

It is obvious that the John Birch Society has secretly taken over the Republican Party. The Koch Brothers have assumed the role previously held by Robert Welch, and they punish any Republican who strays from their far right positions. This would be recognized instantly by moderate Republicans like Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller, and you can be sure that the old Republican Party would be forcefully speaking out against Mitt Romney today. Moderate Republicans like Chuck Hagel, Colin Powell and Michael Bloomberg recognize Romney's extremism and are opposing him, that should tell you a lot. A Romney presidency would be disastrous for the country.

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  •  Bullshit (7+ / 0-)

    I have no more use for Romney than I do for the Birchers, but this kind of leaping non-logic has no place on dKos:

    one can safely assume that they're a card carrying member.
    There can be no doubt you have no proof of anything or you would have posted it.  

    There can be no doubt that this kind of blithering puts dKos in harm's way as a purveyor of fiction.  

    There can be no doubt that your motives will be questioned.

    There can be no doubt that you should take this diary down.  

    Now.

    Kavips, the sequel.  Gack.

    "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

    by KateCrashes on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:55:38 PM PST

    •  Noooo! My brilliantly satiric comment will be.. (1+ / 0-)
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      bluedust

      orphaned. lol.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 05:23:41 PM PST

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    •  It seems like a very convincing argument to me (2+ / 0-)
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      I studied the John Birch Society quite a bit in grad school. I even have family members who are part of it so I recognize the symptoms, and I've always thought Mitt Romney was a member. The Mormon Church has been a big part of the group's development.

      I'm sure Mitt Romney is very familiar with the Society as his father fought against it. Mr. Romney also lived in Belmont, Mass., the former home for Robert Welch's group. He seems to have adopted many of its positions so he's opened himself up to the charge of being a member.

      Well done to the author, I say.

      •  So where do whackos... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...like Alex Jones, Glenn Beck & David Icke fall into the picture? Are they all just hard core racists trying to come off as men just caring about the little guy, basically, the white guy?  

        •  Yes (1+ / 0-)
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          Alex Jones is an open supporter of the JBS and has had the head of the JBS on his show. Once you realize his views are the same ones pushed by the JBS you'll view his act differently. The founder of the JBS, Robert Welch, started all that New World Order-Bilderberg stuff which is really shorthand for the Jews control the world. That is the truth that the JBS pushes.

          Glenn Beck's entire act is a rehash of 1960's-era JBS conspiracy theories, from Woodrow Wilson was evil to socialism leads to fascism which leads to detention camps in Wyoming.

          Both these men wrap their ideas in populism, just as the Tea Party did, and they fool a lot of people into carrying their water.

           I don't know enough about Icke to comment.

    •  Even so, he has a point. (1+ / 0-)
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      The founders of ALEC were former members of the John Birch Society, and have many of the same goals.  I notice our diarist hasn't mentioned ALEC, but rather the discredited John Birch Society.  

      This diary is the sort of thing someone on the right would think was the equivalent of the RW crying "Communist" as a smear, sort of like McCarthyism in reverse.  Funny, isn't it?  Same tactic.  

      Do you think Karl Rove pays these guys to "infiltrate and influence liberal blogs"?  

      •  ALEC was a front for the JBS (0+ / 0-)

        You really think I'm the one trying to silence people? Check out my website. baracksbackers.com if you're curious as to my motives. I've spent 2 1/2 years  working to reelect the President.

        FYI, the JBS gives out to-do lists every week. They are expected to call Congressman, harass journalists and infiltrate left-leaning message boards like this one. Read through the comments and see who's actually reacting abnormally.

        I laid out 18 points, not one is in dispute. Decide for yourself.

        •  We are in agreement, then. (1+ / 0-)
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          We are all aware of the posters who only come out at election time and try to cause divisiveness and conduct themselves with various degrees of ass-hattery, in diaries and comments.  

          As I said, people are touchy and trying to fend off the trolls. I happen to think ALEC is an evolution of  the JBS, but I am not surprised that DK members want a lot of concrete evidence, especially given the numbers of rant-type diaries we've seen lately.  

          •  A word to the wise (0+ / 0-)

            Daily Kos has been irrelevant this election cycle. The real grunt work has been done elsewhere. It seems as if every time I try and have an intelligent discussion, five idiots ruin it before my diary's 5 minutes old. That gets tiresome. These people don't want proof, it's not like they're a bunch of geniuses trying to sort through the evidence, they just want to control people's thoughts. It's simple bullying and adds nothing. Reread what I wrote, and you'll find insight. Reread the comments and you'll see intimidation. Fortunately, I recognized this long ago and sought to make change elsewhere. RWNJ's trolling here have wasted their time. I just thought I'd give it one more go. My mistake.

    •  You seem to reply violently to a lot of DK diaries (0+ / 0-)

      Why is that? It seems that KateCrashes comments usually aren't very supportive of the community.

  •  bullshit (4+ / 0-)

    he may have some views and behavior patterns in common with the jbs but unless you have actual proof that he is a member, this diary is misleading, at best.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:55:56 PM PST

    •  If JBS leaders hide... (3+ / 0-)

      why would Mitt Romney come out? The Koch Brothers are clearly in charge of the John Birch Society, their father was a driving force and a founding member, yet they pretend they have nothing to do with it. If you believe them over me, be my guest, but even the Koch Brothers would think you're wrong.

      •  more bullshit (0+ / 0-)

        you don't accuse someone of being part of an organization unless you have proof.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 05:37:45 PM PST

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      •  But we are not going to start divisive little (3+ / 0-)
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        arguments, are we? We are going to play nicely.

        The Dark Side would live to set our Kossacks against each other and our board is full of trollish diaries right now, so not too surprising that this pugnacious diatribe is getting jumped on.

        If you are serious  and would like to be taken seriously, you need to do a better job with your exposition and connect the dots with some evidence.

        •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

          I should have laid out 18 arguments and sourced them, what was I thinking?

          •  You've sourced Mitt Romney's comments (1+ / 0-)
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            pretty well, but IMHO the exposition of the JBS positions could be better supported, as could the connections between former members of the JBS and current members of ALEC and the Republican Party. You mentioned Papa Koch for one.  

            As you say, the truth will win out, as it should.
             

            •  Secretive groups like the... (2+ / 0-)
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              bluedust, BrianParker14

              KKK and the JBS keep their membership secret. The JBS was specifically designed to be secretive, even members weren't allowed to know other members. Despite this, it's rather easy to see who's in the JBS as their actions betray them.

              For example, you can judge Justices Alito and Thomas as they have a voting trail and they've given speeches to Koch groups.

              The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is an offshoot of the National Association of Manufacturers which was one of the prime developers of the JBS. They're the ones behind ALEC.

              For anyone paying attention, it's obvious that Fox News is the JBS channel, with Ailes and Murdoch pushing conspiracies like Birtherism, Obama is a socialist, etc. Watch the Sean Hannity Show and its one JBS spokesman after another.

              Romney was taught by Willard Skousen, the founder of the Utah JBS and Glenn Beck's favorite author. Romney's on record praising Skousen's views, JBS's Glenn Beck just hosted a fundraiser for Romney.

              I understand that people are new to this, but I have my facts cold, and sometimes it's best for those still in the dark to have an open mind.

        •  A quote from Nancy Pelosi on divisiveness: (1+ / 0-)
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          From the book, "The Bulldozer and the Big Tent", Todd Gitlin, 2007:

          If I said, 'a microphone is on the table is the message,' 10 Republicans around the table would say a microphone is on the table, a microphone is on the table, a microphone is on the table. Ten Democrats around the table would say a microphone is on the table, it's next to a glass, there's all these people sitting around, it's in a room with a chandelier, there are windows in the room' ..

          Moderation in most things.

          by billmosby on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 06:34:21 PM PST

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  •  I actually knew a card-carrying Bircher once. (4+ / 0-)
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    Back in olden times when I was a student (1969), I had a summer job at an ARCO gas station in Bakersfield, CA. We had a number of employee types including a prototype of the Fonz and a prototype of Richie (that would be me). The boss was what you would get if you had had Ed Asner play Fozzie Bear.

    Then there was the Bircher, who would be General Jack D. Ripper as played by Ed Wynn. He was our kind of super-annuated mechanic who often forgot that Chrysler products had left-hand-threaded lug nuts o the left side then, which provided literally almost an hour of entertainment one time.

    He had a kind of sinister side, always railing against the problems of Socialist Sweden, and he supplied a .45 automatic and a .303 rifle with a scope so we could come out blasting away at anyone trying to steal the $19.37 that was typically in the till. Assuming the bad guy tied one of us up in the men's room (.45) or the oil storage room (the rifle).

    He also had the worst set of teeth I had ever seen up to then, which he put on display during his rants against fluoridation. He never actually used the phrase "precious bodily fluids", but I know he was thinking it.

    He was obviously a member of the JBS Clown Posse, the job of which was to make us think the JBS was an organization of ineffectual nutjobs.

    By the way, if you turn the J around the other way and smooth out the dent in the B, you get LDS.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:58:09 PM PST

  •  And there is no doubt (2+ / 0-)
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    that Barack Obama is a card carrying Communist, a knowing and active agent of the international Communist conspiracy, a conspiracy so vast . .  . .

    I saw his Communist membership card right next to his Kenyan birth certificate.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 04:59:06 PM PST

  •  Koch brothers' father was a founding funder of JBS (6+ / 0-)

    It's hard to believe what a come-back they've made, fundamentally re-shaping US politics.

    The John Birch Society (JBS) was so extreme that even virulent anti-communist FBI head J. Edgar Hoover had it infiltrated. There are 12,000 pages of FBI files on JBS (62-104401). I don't think anyone accuses Hoover of being 'liberal' or a 'socialist'.

  •  Huh. Usually "no doubt" involved providing (1+ / 0-)
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    actual evidence of something.  Nothing close to that here, however.

    The views ascribed to Romney here (and who knows which he really believes) could be ascribed to almost the entire modern Republican party.  I doubt even a sliver of those are JBSers.

    Conspiracy theory nonsense.

  •  Maybe... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...maybe not. I couldn't care less because if we do our job tomorrow he will be one of the most irrelevant people in politics. Paul Ryan seems to be more of a Bircher and he may still have a job after tomorrow (haven't seen the polling on his seat actually)..he scares me more than Mittens.

    "Good to be here, good to be anywhere." --Keith Richards

    by bradreiman on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 05:12:12 PM PST

  •  What does it matter if he's a member or not? (7+ / 0-)

    If he's pushing the same agenda as they are.

    A Bircher by any other name....

    •  he just mirrors all their self intrest (1+ / 0-)
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      Baracks Backers

      without the antisemitism

      •  Don't jump to any conclusions (1+ / 0-)
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        Mormons believe they are the chosen people, not the Jews. That is why Idaho is flush with Aryan Nations (Idaho is 40% Mormon)

        Second, Mitt Romney announced his candidacy at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford was America's biggest anti-Semite, promoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion all around the world.

        Third, Romney grew up in Detroit, the hub of anti-Semitism and a stronghold of the JBS. Father Coughlin and the American Nazi Party were huge there.

        Fourth, Romney's father was in charge of Henry Ford's funeral, picking whom could attend, long after Ford's reprehensible views were known.

        Jews should be very careful assuming anything about what Mitt Romney actually believes.

  •  Well, (0+ / 0-)

    It's a LOT late now..

  •  The new Republican Party is indeed very much (1+ / 0-)
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    like the John Birch Society clan was back in the 60s.

  •  Not tipping and reccing (0+ / 0-)

    as I don't believe that Romney is a card carrying member BUT many of the positions that he espouses sure sound like Birchism.

    The wikipedia page on the society is interesting

    The JBS was moderately active in the 1960s with numerous chapters, but rarely engaged in coalition building with other conservatives. Indeed, it was rejected by most conservatives because of Welch's conspiracy theories. As Ayn Rand said in a 1964 Playboy interview, "I consider the Birch Society futile, because they are not for capitalism but merely against communism ... I gather they believe that the disastrous state of today's world is caused by a communist conspiracy. This is childishly naive and superficial. No country can be destroyed by a mere conspiracy, it can be destroyed only by ideas."[36][37]

    Former Eisenhower cabinet member Ezra Taft Benson — a leading Mormon — spoke in favor of the John Birch Society, but in January 1963 the LDS church issued a statement distancing itself from the Society.[38]

    Antisemitic, racist, anti-Mormon, anti-Masonic, and various religious groups criticized the group's acceptance of Jews, non-whites, Masons, and Mormons. These opponents accused Welch of harboring feminist, ecumenical, and evolutionary ideas.[39][40][41] Welch rejected these accusations by his detractors: "All we are interested in here is opposing the advance of the Communists, and eventually destroying the whole Communist conspiracy, so that Jews and Christians alike, and Mohammedans and Buddhists, can again have a decent world in which to live."[42]

    Also...Ayn Rand spoke ou against the John Birch Society.
    •  There is very little truth in this (0+ / 0-)

      The JBS was designed as a hub for all conservative groups, including the most extremist right wing hate groups. It's libertarian philosophy is pro-business. Robert Welch created a 10 year plan in which Ezra Taft Benson would be president in 1976, his son was an open member, while Benson hid his membership. Don't believe everything you read on Wikipedia.

  •  Look, (0+ / 0-)

    it doesn't really matter in the long run which secret society clowns are doing what. We know they are there and we are beginning to understand their pathology a lot better than we used to. Just because they are all aligned on the dark side doesn't mean they aren't beatable. And we may never be able to control them or eradicate them on a national level, but they are easily mitigated locally. There is nothing like an angry mob to send a JBS-type coward running for the first train out of River City.

    •  Well considered comments (0+ / 0-)

      Please consider these.  The JBS believes that a small group can change the world. They are followers of Lenin and believe that any methods are acceptable in reaching their goal. That means that sowing unrest, spreading propaganda, fixing elections, etc. are all acceptable means to gain power. For 50 years they've worked to keep America segregated, to turn the nation into a banana republic where the 1% own everything, where politicians do their bidding. They've used terrorism throughout their history, they've destroyed their enemies, they've ruined civil discourse. And now you have the possibility of a JBS president and VP, a Congress dominated by JBS members, and a Supreme Court stuffed with JBS allies, how do you think this is going to play out?

  •  Nice website, BTW. (0+ / 0-)

    What sources would you recommend for learning more about the politics and history of the JBS and their affiliates? And what would you recommend as a segue to follow into current politics?

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