Jun 15, 2012
The 2012 GOP is the naked Emperor, but covered with tattoos reading “John Birch Society,” “Koch Industries,” and “I heart Bull Connor.” The “subjects” are the media, which thinks the GOP is clothed in the raiments of a respectable political party.
When I grew up, the John Birch Society were the crazies — heirs to McCarthy, finding communism in any government program, seeing the Civil Rights Movement as just another arm of the communist party. They were crazy enough to be repudiated by William F. Buckley and Barry Goldwater.
The 2012 Republican Party is barely distinguishable from the John Birch Society. It is funded in large part by the Koch brothers, the heirs of Fred Koch, one of the Birch Society’s founding members. The Kochs may not be members of the Society, but their ideas — extreme laissez-faire capitalism with communism lurking in any regulation, unions, health care and even Civil Rights laws — are virtually the same. (One of the current right’s few attempts to avoid looking like Birchers is morphing communism into “socialism.” No need to explain to the faithful that they’re really the same.)
To read the entire article about how the Birchers have been legitimized (what IS this world coming to?), please click here