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John Birchers to the Rescue?

November 3, 2012
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“...Buckley was beginning to worry that with the John Birch Society growing so rapidly, the right-wing upsurge in the country would take an ugly, even Fascist turn rather than leading toward the kind of conservatism National Review had promoted.“…”

Fred Koch, father of Charles & David Koch was one of the founding members of the John Birch Society. His sons, Charles & David, basically own the GOP, they own Mitt Romney, and AFP.  They are basically quite illegal.

The Pink Flamingo has been saving the best for last.  This will be, thank heavens, my last expose on the Koch Brothers, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and what remains of the GOP.  Oh, don’t worry, I’ll be doing more on the subject, but not because of the upcoming GOP electoral debacle. There’s not much narrative in this piece, just cold hard facts.  If you follow the links, it will take you most of the weekend to wade through it.  I hope, at the end, you are a sickened and disgusted as I’ve been.

“…The Kochs think government is an obstacle to making money that should be removed, said Jim Steele, who with Don Barlett just released “The Betrayal of the American Dream.” The book accuses the “ruling elite” — including the Kochs — of impoverishing the American middle class by pushing initiatives such as deregulation, outsourcing and balanced budgets to enrich themselves….”

According to an article by Bill Wilson and Roy Wenzi, the Koch Brothers are on a mission from Ayn Rand god.  They are out to save America from itself.  In a tale that echos information The Pink Flamingo has been given about another meeting, Charles and David Koch decided to save America from a Black Democratic President itself.  They decided to remake the nation into the Randian, John Birch world envisioned by their father, who enriched himself on the largess of Joseph Stalin, before coming back to the US, to spread his version of what a perfect – rich, white, male world should be.  His sons are following, quite nicely, in his footsteps.

“...In January 2009, just days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Charles and David Koch met in their company headquarters in Wichita with their longtime political strategist, Rich Fink.

The country was headed toward bankruptcy, they agreed. Fink told them bluntly that Obama’s administration represented the worst of what Charles and David fear most: a bloated, regulation-heavy, free-spending government that could plunge the country into another deep recession. That day, Fink advised two of the richest men in the nation that it would be the fight of their lives to stop the government spending spree and to change the course of the country, starting with the 2012 election.

“If we are going to do this, we should do it right or not at all,” Fink, 61, recalled telling the brothers. “But if we don’t do it right or if we don’t do it at all, we will be insignificant and we will just waste a lot of time and I would rather play golf. “And if we do it right, then it is going to get very, very ugly.”

Three and a half years later, Obama accused the Koch brothers of engineering “a corporate takeover of our democracy.”

The brothers’ political spending and the network of conservative political organizations and think tanks they fund have sparked protests.

Two years of condemnations and criticism prompted Charles Koch to break his silence about politics. In his most extensive interview in 15 years, Charles Koch, along with his family and friends, talked about why he wants to defeat Obama and elect members of Congress who will stop what he calls catastrophic overspending…

Sacramento Bee

When one considers the debt Glenn Beck owes to the Koch machine, it is no wonder that he spends his time brainwashing the far right about how evil Teddy Roosevelt was.  Teddy Roosevelt was the one who put an end to Robber Barons like the Koch Brothers.

“...The sensationalism of Welch’s charges against Eisenhower prompted several conservatives and Republicans, most prominently Goldwater and the intellectuals of William F. Buckley’s circle, to renounce outright or quietly shun the group. Buckley, an early friend and admirer of Welch, regarded his accusations against Eisenhower as “paranoid and idiotic libels” and attempted unsuccessfully to purge Welch from the Birch Society. From then on Buckley, who was editor of National Review, became the leading intellectual spokesman and organizer of the anti-Bircher conservatives. In fact, Buckley’s biographer John B. Judis wrote that “Buckley was beginning to worry that with the John Birch Society growing so rapidly, the right-wing upsurge in the country would take an ugly, even Fascist turn rather than leading toward the kind of conservatism National Review had promoted.”…”

Salon

If you really want to be brutally honest about what is going on within the GOP, The Pink Flamingo can name that tune in two words:  John Birch.

“...In 2009, Mitt Romney, who is now trying to campaign for president as a moderate, lent his star power to an unusual charitable project: celebrating right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck to raise money for an unaccredited Utah-based college, which was founded by acolytes of the late W. Cleon Skousen and promoted the work of this fringe conservative figure. Much-touted by Beck, Skousen was an anti-communist crusader, a purported political philosopher, a historian accused of racist revisionism, and a right-wing conspiracy theorist. He contended that the Founding Fathers were direct descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel, claimed that a global cabal of bankers controlled the world from behind the scenes, and wrote a book that referred to the “blessings of slavery.” Skousen, who died in 2006, taught Romney at Brigham Young University.

On May 30, 2009, George Wythe University (named after the first law professor in America, who was a teacher of Thomas Jefferson), held a fundraising gala at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Beck, who was then riding high as a Fox News host, was the special guest, tapped to receive the school’s annual “Statesman Award.” Romney introduced him….”

Sacramento Bee

How does all of this include Mitt Romney?  The Pink Flamingo is glad you asked.  It goes back to a really vile John Birch, white supremacist, and extremist Mormon W. Cleon Skousen.  He would have been forgotten if it weren’t for Glenn Beck and his worship of Skousen.  Just follow the bouncing ball, which always goes back to a group of ultra conservatives who basically detested Ronald Reagan.

“...In 1981, the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, Skousen was asked to be a charter member of the conservative think tank the Council for National Policy, founded by Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind series of books. Other early participants included Paul Weyrich; Phyllis Schlafly; Robert Grant; Howard Phillips, a former Republican affiliated with the Constitution Party; Richard Viguerie, the direct-mail specialist; and Morton Blackwell, a Louisiana and Virginia activist who is considered a specialist on the rules of the Republican Party.Skousen’s proposals with the group included a plan to convert the Social Security system to private retirement accounts, as well as a plan that he claimed would completely wipe out the national debt….”

Skousen, the idol of Glenn Beck’s life was one of Mitt Romney’s professors at BYU. Five years ago, the National Review was very concerned about Mitt Romney and his radical John Birch roots. Then again, William F. Buckley was still alive.

NRO

The NRO was very much against Mitt Romney in those days, primarily because of his connection to Skousen. He was highly influential in his life.

Mother Jones

None of this would amount to a hill of beans in this crazy mixed up world of ours, if we weren’t dealing with Mitt Romney, who is proving to be more and more erratic.  The Pink Flamingo has sources who have mentioned that they rear that Romney is so unstable and so mentally ill, he would not survive his first year in office, without having a complete breakdown.

The bottom line is that William F. Buckley was terrified of the John Birch Society.  What he feared, may be coming to pass.

“…The sensationalism of Welch’s charges against Eisenhower prompted several conservatives and Republicans, most prominently Goldwater and the intellectuals of William F. Buckley’s circle, to renounce outright or quietly shun the group. Buckley, an early friend and admirer of Welch, regarded his accusations against Eisenhower as “paranoid and idiotic libels” and attempted unsuccessfully to purge Welch from the Birch Society. From then on Buckley, who was editor of National Review, became the leading intellectual spokesman and organizer of the anti-Bircher conservatives. In fact, Buckley’s biographer John B. Judis wrote that “Buckley was beginning to worry that with the John Birch Society growing so rapidly, the right-wing upsurge in the country would take an ugly, even Fascist turn rather than leading toward the kind of conservatism National Review had promoted.“…”

You want to start adding things up a little, just for the heck of it?

  1. Fred Koch helps found the John Birch Society
  2. One founding member was Revilo P. Oliver
  3. Early JBS members include William Pierce and Phyllis Schlafly
  4. Original founding members were also tight with white supremacists
  5. Two went on to be founders of the National Alliance
  6. Ron Paul & Rand Paul are tight with the John Birch Society
  7. Charles & David Koch are still tight.  They have bankrolled the tea parties, Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan
  8. There are stories that they bought and paid for Paul Ryan’s VP slot.
  9. W. Cleon Skousen basically took over the JBS back during the Reagan years.
  10. Skousen was one of Mitt Romney’s most influential professors
  11. Glenn Beck worships Skousen
  12. FOX Tabloid News helped create the tea parties, which are bankrolled by the Koch Brothers
  13. The Koch Brothers have bought and paid for Jim DeMint
  14. William F. Buckley feared the influence of the John Birch Society.

If you have ever wondered how a nation strips into something truly nasty, we are watching it evolve in 2012.  It is not really about Mitt Romney.  He is an overly ambitious, amoral tool, nothing more, nothing less.  It is quite fascinating how both Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley must literally be tossed under the bus, in order to legitimize these individuals and their less than honorable agenda.

There is another disturbing aspect of all of this.  It needs to be mentioned, here.  The Pink Flamingo will provide links to the connection between the LDS church and the John Birch Society.  Then comes the chilling link to the Koch Brothers.

None of this really matters.  If you mention Romney’s connection to the John Birch Society, Koch Brothers, Glenn Beck, and the far right branch of their church, well, then we’re religious bigots.

What if we aren’t?

 

 

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