The effectiveness of The John Birch Society, as a whole, can best be measured by its proven track record over the decades. The following list of accomplishments is an abridged excerpt from an article that appeared in the April 2010 JBS Bulletin, written by Art Thompson, which has been updated on October 16, 2013.
The Committee Against Summit Entanglements
Through this ad hoc committee in the early days of the Society, the JBS delayed the providing of dignity to the USSR during the Eisenhower administration, something Richard Nixon accomplished for Communist China in the 1970s. Eisenhower cancelled his scheduled trip to Russia as a result of our work. This program was one of the main reasons that communists and Insiders launched their smear attack on the JBS.
Support Your Local Police
This effort prevented the nationalization of local police departments and various other forms of federal government regulation of our local police. It led to the federal agency known as the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) being abolished. Support Your Local “Whatever” then became a widely used slogan adopted by others because of the acceptance of our “Support Your Local Police” slogan. Our committees also led to the defeat of communist-inspired police review boards which were designed to hamper local police departments by destroying morale and impeding their work in countering crime and terrorism.
Black American Speakers
Several courageous black American JBS members helped bring an end to the violence and strife of the 1960s and 1970s. The work of such heroic individuals as Julia Brown, Lola Belle Holmes, Freeman Yearling and others, plus the writings of the distinguished journalist George Schuyler, brought a truly American message to large audiences throughout our nation. Numerous demonstrations and their planned riots were canceled when the truth about the communist influence behind these operations was provided to Americans of all races.
The JBS produced one of the first, if not the first, visual aids targeting the crime of abortion. This filmstrip was widely shown and aided in the launching of the pro-life movement.
Stop Aiding Communists
During the Vietnam War, members gathered millions of signatures on a petition to Congress calling for an end to all aid and trade with communist nations who were supplying the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.
Equal Rights Amendment Killed
The truly dangerous Equal Rights Amendment was stopped cold after the JBS got involved in what was originally thought to be such a bizarre proposal that it wouldn’t attract any attention. Speakers, reprints, and visits with state legislators in key states pointed out that it had next to nothing to do with the rights of women and plenty to do with building federal power over every American. Our efforts turned the tide away from ratification.
Constitutional Convention Blocked
Continual calls for a Con-Con were met with reprints, videos, speakers, and personal visits to state legislators. Not only were calls blocked in some states, already passed calls for a Con-Con were wiped away in over a dozen other states when the dangers inherent in a Con-Con were made clear. See the "Choose Freedom — STOP A Con-Con" action project page for up-to-date information on this ongoing campaign.
Our 1988 video entitled “Out of Control” was the first to awaken citizens to the enormous illegal immigration problem before most Americans knew that there even was a problem.
With JBS member and U.S. Congressman Lawrence P. McDonald leading the way, such videos as “No Place to Hide” were produced. This particular program was the first to show the communist creation and nurturing of all terrorist groups around the world. It also showed that no terrorist organization operates without state sponsorship.
Muslim Terrorism Exposed
Our more recent exposure of so-called Muslim terrorism again shows not only state-sponsorship, but also that the Russian government and its FSB has trained and armed Muslim surrogates.
Free Trade Area of the Americas
Singlehandedly, our Society stopped the implementation of the so-called Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). President George W. Bush had stated numerous times that he intended to push the measure through Congress starting in January 2005. The U.S. was to be one of 34 nations in the Western Hemisphere tied into an arrangement similar to the European Union. And the United Nations was to be the ultimate beneficiary. But, because of JBS efforts, President Bush never even delivered his subversive plan to Congress. The program continues under a different name without U.S. involvement in Latin America under communist leadership.
North American Union
JBS helped form a coalition to oppose the North American Union (NAU) and the Security and Prosperity Partnership that was created to bring the NAU about by 2010. The NAU would have abolished the borders separating our nation from Canada and Mexico, integrated banking, environmental, trade, and healthcare regulations, built a common “defense,” spurred immigration into the U.S., and much more. These plans have been set back drastically.
Free Trade Agenda
“Choose Freedom — Stop the Free Trade Agenda” is a newer action project built on the successes of the Stop the FTAA and Block the NAU projects. It aims to expose and stop the various free trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that are leading to the economic and political integration of the United States with Canada, Mexico, various Pacific Rim nations, and the European Union.
Get US out! of the United Nations
Our decades-old campaign to have the U.S. withdraw from the UN has helped a majority of Americans to be opposed to continued U.S. membership in the world body. Millions of pieces of literature, videos, DVDs, and speakers, radio/ TV interviews, billboards, etc., led to this development. Prior to the Obama phenomenon, congressional support for withdrawal had been steadily increasing.
Freedom Index Scorecards for Congress
For over 40 years “The Freedom Index: A Congressional Scorecard Based on the U.S. Constitution” and its predecessor congressional scorecard “The Conservative Index,” both published by JBS-affiliate The New American magazine, have been exposing the unconstitutional voting records of Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate. These reliable scorecards have provided vital background information so that voters could make informed decisions in primary and general elections.
The New American
Millions of Americans have received copies of JBS-affiliate The New American news magazine, and even more have read its online news articles. The magazine reports and analyzes the news from a constitutional perspective to give concerned Americans the news they won’t receive from the mainstream media.
The John Birch Society has for decades taught the proper limitations on the federal government, as prescribed by the Constitution, and the role of states in protecting the liberties of citizens, as protected by the Tenth Amendment. In recent years JBS members and supporters have educated their state legislators to exercise their rightful and constitutional role in nullifying unconstitutional federal legislation, including the topics of firearms, privacy, and health care.
Opposition to Agenda 21 dramatically increased once JBS got involved through its “Choose Freedom — Stop Agenda 21” action project. Providing leadership, much needed materials, and organized action, JBS has significantly helped contribute to scores of successes across the nation in the cause of protecting property rights, such as cities and counties pulling out of ICLEI and some state legislatures passing anti-Agenda 21 laws.
JBS-affiliate FreedomProject Education (FPE) delivers online a full curriculum of Kindergarten to 12th Grade steeped in the tradition of the Founding Fathers. Teaching students how to think and not what to think, FPE stands out as a leader preparing today’s students to understand and appreciate the Judeo-Christian heritage of America and the unique governmental system our founders set up, as well as imbuing high moral standards in the students themselves. In 2013 FPE began providing national leadership in the opposition to Common Core, an initiative to nationalize all educational standards.