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We need a post on Ron Paul’s connections to the John Birch Society

Posted by Charles II on January 4, 2012

Just sayin’.

Figuring out what politicians will do in office is very difficult. Most of them are masters of disguise and deception. Tens of millions of people imagined that Bush would be a compassionate conservative (despite the fact that he was well known to be personally sadistic). Tens of millions imagined that Obama would not get involved in all sorts of optional wars, even though he told people ahead of time he would have American troops cross Pakistani borders whether they gave permission or not.

A very important part of anticipating what politicians will do is understanding where they get their ideas. Obama’s close ties with guys like Austan Goolsbee was a warning sign that he wasn’t an economic liberal. An economic liberal would have aligned himself with guys like Joe Stiglitz (for the record, there were some liberal economists like Jamie Galbraith and Bob Reich among his advisors. They just were not in any clear majority or among his personal associates). Understanding which wells or sewers a candidate drinks from in forming his ideas is a much better predictor of what he’ll do than what he says.

So, Ron Paul’s links to the John Birch Society, which are much more recent than his survivalist newsletter should be a focus for those who want to understand what Ron Paul would actually do. American Opinion, the JBS newsletter, gives Paul a 100% rating on 20 recent votes. Now, the JBS is a very strict grader. In the House, I count only 4 South Carolina Republicans, 1 North Carolina Republican, and Ron Paul who meet their exacting standards. In the Senate, there are none. The JBS is remarkably mainstream in Republican circles, considering they were once drummed out of the Republican Party. They sponsored a recent CPAC meeting.

Since there is no clear distinction between the John Birch Society and the conservative movement, one may wonder what the special interest in them should be. The answer is that the JBS is, in effect, the Bolshevik Party of the right. They are intensely conspiratorial, use deception routinely, and–because they have pre-determined that the world governments are all in the hands of the communists–have completed the process of dehumanization that is necessary for the use of ruthless means. For the latter, see for example this article, which includes such interesting lines as:

But now there appears to be another secret cabal, known as the Shadow Party, controlled by radical billionaire George Soros who operates secretly to influence the direction our government is going in. He has boldly proclaimed his intentions, so they are not secret. But how he controls events in Washington is another story. We suspect that he is behind Barack Obama’s presidency…
John Dewey and his colleagues were all socialists and made no secret of their intent to take over the public schools and use them as the means of converting America from an individualist society to a socialist one….Most readers of The New American are familiar with the Illuminati conspiracy that was launched by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776, at Ingolstadt, Germany….The earliest conspiracy I know of in the United States was created by the Owenite socialists who wanted to convert America into an anti-Christian communist society.

So, let me speculate on what a couple of Ron Paul’s positions which are so attractive to the left might actually mean:
* does withdrawal of American forces from wars mean that we will use nuclear weapons when our interests are threatened?
* would legalization of drugs without any compensating effort to help people get off and stay off drugs mean that drugs would effectively become a means of medicating and controlling the population?

What does the John Birch Society say about these things? I’d really like to know. There’s been a lot of talk about how the Republican Party will never let Paul gain the nomination. I don’t see why not, not when some of the biggest money in the GOP comes from corporate libertarian/John Birchers like the Koch brothers.

Posted in 2012, anti-truth, antiwar movement, capitalism as cancer, corporatists, eedjits, evil, fascism, unintended consequences, War On Some Drugs | 20 Comments »

ILWU Calls Strike to Protest the War

Posted by MEC on May 1, 2008

All the ports on the U.S. West Coast are shut down today by a strike called to protest the war in Iraq.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union said some 10,000 workers joined the protest. The union says that many of the big shipping companies are profiting from the war.

“Longshore workers are standing down on the job and standing up for America,” said ILWU International President Bob McEllrath. “We’re supporting the troops and telling politicians in Washington that it’s time to end the war in Iraq.”

More like this, please.

Posted in antiwar movement, Iraq war, unions | 2 Comments »

Mind The Giap

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 9, 2007

 Back during the 2004 presidential campaign, the inveterate liars of the right wing movement were circulating a charming little update of the old anti-Semitic Dolchstoßlegende (wherein Jews and intellectuals were blamed for Germany’s losing the unwinnable First World War)  that Hitler rode to electoral victory in the 1930s:

In a recent release of general Giap’s (North Vietnamese general) memoirs, it is now known the full extent of the media and the “peace and love” movement of the sixties, and the damage it has caused. Read this direct quote from the book: “What we still don’t understand is why you Americans stopped the bombing of Hanoi. You had us on the ropes. If you had pressed us a little harder, just for another day or two, we were ready to surrender! It was the same at the battles of TET. You defeated us! We knew it, and we thought you knew it. But we were elated to notice your media was definitely helping us. They were causing more disruption in America than we could in the battlefields. We were ready to surrender. You had won!” Heard that on Rush earlier

But of course, this turns out to be 100% made-up bullshit.  Here’s the debunking:

Did VVAW lengthen the war by protesting it?

The suggestion that VVAW lengthened the war comes from convicted arms dealer, perjurer, and media personality Oliver North. In a cited quote from North (Greg Lewis, “Fellow Travelers, Useful Idiots, and Other Innocents”, Washington Dispatch, 2/19/2004), North alleges that Giap in a 1985 book stated that John Kerry and VVAW lengthened the war and insured the ultimate Vietnamese victory. Giap published no 1985 book. THERE IS NO SUCH QUOTE in either of General Giap’s two post-war publications (Vo Nguyen Giap, Unforgettable Months And Years, Southeast Asia Program, Dept. of Asian Studies, Cornell University, 1975 or How We Won the War (coauthored by Van Tien Dung) RECON Publications, 1976).

This particular slander on VVAW and Kerry was disseminated on the Internet from a column in the Washington Dispatch by Greg Lewis, February 19, 2004. (Complete article: In reaction to responses to his original column, on March 2, 2004, Greg Lewis retracted his initial accusation against Kerry with: “A few weeks ago in a column about Kerry, I referred to what has turned out to be an ‘urban legend.’ Specifically, based on a ‘news’ item that appeared on, I repeated a reference to a volume of memoirs supposedly published by North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap in 1985 as the source of an assertion by Colonel Oliver North. After a reader requested a reference to Giap’s 1985 “Memoirs,” I did research that convinced me no such volume exists. For that matter, I haven’t been able to verify through Fox News that Colonel North actually made the comments he is said to have made and which I repeated. My apologies to Colonel North and to readers for including inadequately verified material in my piece on Kerry.”

Complete article:

In light of the nutjob cons running around trumpeting that “the surge is working!” when it really isn’t, I figured it was time to get this debunking revived in time to counter another revival of this variation of the Dolchstoßlegende.

Posted in 2008, anti-Semitism, anti-truth, antiwar movement, Busheviks, conservativism, Democrat-bashing, Flying Monkey Right, Fox Noise, half-vast rightwing conspiracy, Iraq war, John Kerry, mythmaking, rightwing moral cripples, Rush Limbaugh, The smear industry, Vietnam | 2 Comments »

Canada joins Bushco idiocy, barring entry to Col. Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin

Posted by Charles II on October 5, 2007

C’mon, Canadians. You’re supposed to be the sensible ones on this continent.  Here’s Ann Wright’s bio:

AMY GOODMAN: …Ann Wright, you’re a retired Army colonel. You earned a Master’s degree in national security affairs from the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, later participated in the reconstruction efforts of US military actions in Grenada and Somalia. You went on to serve thirteen years in active-duty in the US Army, sixteen years in the Army Reserve at the rank of colonel. You went on to work at the State Department. You served as Chief of Mission at the US embassies in Afghanistan, which to voluntarily helped open, the embassy there, after the US attacked Afghanistan in 2001, served in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Mongolia, Uzbekistan. You got a State Department award for heroism for helping evacuate 2,500 people from the civil war in Sierra Leone.

And here’s what happened:

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Posted in antiwar movement, eedjits | 4 Comments »

Please Effing Spare Me

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 21, 2007


What a bunch of dweebs:

Sen. Gordon Smith, one of the few Republican senators who supports legislation ordering troop withdrawals, said he thought Petraeus’ testimony last week and the ad were the two biggest factors in keeping Republicans from breaking ranks with the president: Petraeus’ testimony because it was persuasive and the ad because it attacked a popular uniformed officer.

“It was stupid on their part and disgraceful,” said Smith, R-Ore.

Oh please effing spare me your bull on why you ran away, Smith. You’re far more afraid of Bush and his gunsels than you are even of losing your seat next year. You and your fellow “good Slytherin” alleged-moderate Republicans were planning to fold all along, even if Bush hadn’t given you all the extra bludgeoning:

GOP support also seemed to solidify after an aggressive outreach campaign by the Bush administration that continued this week.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met on Thursday with nearly two dozen House Republicans, mostly moderates, to discuss Iraq. In a cramped conference room used by House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Gates spent an hour fielding questions from the 23 lawmakers ranging from the chances of a political reconciliation in Baghdad to how to convince voters the war is worthwhile.

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, anti-truth, antiwar movement, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, Iraq war | 4 Comments »

Taking A Cue From The Cumaean Sybil

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 30, 2007


Check this out from Kossack Geekesque (emphases mine):

As I diaried the other day, the Democrats are using the strategy of Divide and Conquer.

They are peeling 1-2 Republican Senators away from the President each go around. Eventually, the entire caucus–especially vulnerable incumbents–will refuse to carry water for Bush. Eventually, his lawn will turn brown.

What better way to maximize this pressure than to apply it repeatedly instead of once or twice?

The important thing to realize is that Congressional Republicans hate voting on Iraq. They hate having their names mentioned in the same paragraph as “Bush” and “Iraq.”

They decided to play matador and let Bush be the story and take the blame for any defeat of the funding bill.

Phew, they think, we dodged that one.

Not so fast, guys.

Buried in today’s Washington Post is this little nugget:

Conservative Democrats also discussed alternatives for providing troop funding, if the standoff proves to be prolonged. For instance, Reps. Dennis Cardoza (Calif.) and Mike Ross (Ark.) suggested that the war funding be parceled out in three-month increments to force Bush to keep coming back for more.

Both Cardoza and Ross are Blue Doggies.

Pretty uninspiring stuff at first glance, as you would expect from that particular caucus.

Until you realize that it means that the issue of Iraq will be one continuous political nightmare for Republicans. Their attention will always be on the next Iraq war vote and how to explain to their constituents why they endorse a blank check for the least popular and worst president in the history of the United States.

So, pass the bill with binding withdrawal language. Bush will veto it. Force the Republicans to vote again on the veto override.

Then give him three months of funding and remind Senate Republicans to circle that date on their calendar.

Then come back with an even stronger bill–make the Murtha language mandatory. Drop waiver and other wiggle room.

Force the Republicans to vote with Mr. Popularity. Twice.

Then give them another three months. And remind them to circle the date on their calendars.

And then come back with an even stronger bill.

The key is to never give that rat bastard in the White House more than three months on his leash, and to never give any rest or peace of mind to his enablers in Congress.

This is straight out of the La Cosa Nostra playbook — or the one that the Cumaean Sybil used on Tarquinus Superbus. Truly, it is the offer they dare not continue to refuse.

Posted in 2008, antiwar movement, Congress, Democrats, Democrats with spines, dope slaps for Dubya, getting a clue, Good Things, Iraq war, Republicans | 3 Comments »

Green Peace?

Posted by MEC on March 29, 2007

I have to be skeptical of this report, because the source is the Washington Times and I can’t find any other report. But I want it to be true, because it’s brilliant.

A massive peace symbol has sprouted on the lawn in front of the west steps of the Capitol.

A U.S. Capitol Police officer deduced that anti-war activists carefully sprinkled fertilizer to create the slightly darker green shape on the lawn.

“That’s one of the smartest things I’ve seen the protesters do,” the officer said.

— S.A. Miller, Capitol Hill correspondent, The Washington Times

If you find yourself near the Capitol, take a look and let us know whether it’s true, would you?

Posted in antiwar movement, peace | 4 Comments »

Historians Condemn the War

Posted by MEC on March 21, 2007

Members of the American Historical Association have ratified the “Resolution on United States Government Practices Inimical to the Values of the Historical Profession”, with 75% voting in favor of the resolution.

Here’s the resolution:

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Posted in American Historical Association, antiwar movement, dope slaps for Dubya, historians, Iraq war | Comments Off on Historians Condemn the War

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

Posted by MEC on March 20, 2007

Somebody vandalized the Lansing office of Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) apparently to express opposition to the Iraq War.

Vandals splattered red paint on the front of lawmaker Mike Rogers’ Lansing office Monday night and plastered a sign in the front window claiming the Brighton Republican has “blood on his hands” for the war in Iraq, which marked the fourth anniversary this week.
A “Support Our Troops” sign was defaced with red paint as well as the front door of the building on Michigan Avenue being glued shut.

Rarely do I agree with a Republican spokesperson, but I fully endorse this statement:

“There are a lot of opinions about the Iraq war but that doesn’t give anyone the right to vandalize property or threaten anyone,” said Sylvia Warner, press secretary for Rogers. “This is the taxpayer’s money. It’s classified as federal property. It belongs to the people of 8th District so basically these people are attacking the people of 8th District.”

Committing a crime is not the appropriate way to protest.

(It’s also really stupid to give the rightwing ammunition to use against the antiwar movement.)

 [Added March 21]: In a comment, Doran Williams points out that it wasn’t necessarily an antiwar protester who vandalized the office. That’s a good point. We have enough verified reports of “infiltrators” in demonstrations acting as provocateurs (like this one and this one).

Posted in antiwar movement, Michigan, Mike Rogers, wrong way to go about it | 5 Comments »

Another Way Iraq Is Like Vietnam

Posted by MEC on February 21, 2007

The SDS is back.

Yes, that SDS. (You young folks can look it up when you get home.)

University of Michigan students have formed a chapter of the Students for a Democratic Society, following a wave of nationwide activity. The group rekindles the SDS movement that defined activism during the Vietnam War.


Around 250 chapters have formed nationwide, including the one at U-M, which this month had its first meeting, of about 30 students. The Jan. 27 peace march in Washington, in which about 500 students marched under the SDS banner, helped spark the growth.


The SDS activity is a welcome change from the sense of helplessness that seems to grip too many college students, despite opposition to the war in Congress.

Conventional Wisdom has it that young people today aren’t involved in the antiwar movement and politics in general because they don’t have the personal concerns that the draft gave them during the Vietnam War era. Conventional Wisdom has been wrong before.

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