The Tucker Carlson Times reports on the supposed resurgence of the John Birch Society, an organization your grandparents might have belonged to if they were paranoid anti-Communists.
Based in Wisconsin and led by a bunch of white grandpas, the Society believes in the same ol’ stuff as every other right-wing organization does: free markets, God everything, less government …you get it. But they also endorse all kinds of paranoid views, like “President Dwight Eisenhower (R-1950s) was a Communist,” and “Nelson Mandela is a socialist terrorist thug,” and “your pet cat Skittles is a secret Zapatista,” and “water fluoridation is Communist birth control.” The founder, Robert Welch Jr., named the group after the first presumed casualty of the Cold War, an anti-communist, and they grew their membership into either the five- or six figures. Then William F. Buckley was all, “whoah you guys crazy,” and kind of helped the Birchers to become pariahs within conservative movement circles.
But now they’re back! Or they’ve been back for a little while, but the Tucker Carlson Times didn’t know about it. (Sarah Palin’s known for a while–she had a copy of their magazine back in ’95, as part of her “I read all the newspapers and magazines” education plan.) The Society’s latest back-ness seems to stem from their upcoming appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for the second year in a row, after skipping it for a couple of decades to do whatever elderly paleoconservative men do.
If you’d like to learn more about the Birchers, this video provides more background info. It’s from 1965, but it sounds like not much has changed since then (including the group’s membership):