Like the tea
partiers, the Birch Society is something of a blank screen
which people project their emotions. The actual subject
the society’s publications would put most Americans to
Do you care how your congressman voted on H.R. 3183, the
Appropriations bill? If so, you can find out by picking up
Index pamphlet the Birchers put out. I did and I found
only House member with a 100 percent rating from the
Ron Paul, the once and perhaps future presidential
the sort of thing that drives my fellow members of the
media crazy. They want to put the John Birchers in one
a box filled with mobs of angry people holding pitchforks.
Ron Paul and they construct another box, one you might
find in Amsterdam.
It’s filled with advocates of legalized drugs and open
first employed the tea party theme in his 2008 campaign,
Birchers agree on most of the issues that matter these
who’s on the other side?
self-proclaimed “right-wing” radio talk show hosts, that’s
who. I found that out when I got to chatting with the guy
the table, 56-year-old Kip Webster of Ringwood.
of our conversation was radio talker Mark Levin, who
to turn down an invitation to speak at the annual
Action Conference in Washington because the Birchers were a
at best a useful idiot,” said Webster of Levin. I hadn’t
heard that term since the Cold War. Webster went into a
on how the adherents of so-called “neo” conservatism –
a group that includes just about all the radio talkers –
the ideological inheritors of the Trotskyite tradition.
of that debate are too involved to recount here. I’m just
it up to point out that there’s a fault line in American
invisible to the mainstream media. Though the tea party
literally all over the map, on the whole they represent a
to traditional American values that weren’t in evidence in
the big-spending, big-government George W. Bush era.