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Bill Hahn

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John Birch Society’s “Exposing Terrorism” offers a fresh look at old enemies
JBS CEO Art Thompson reveals the intentions, networks, major players in the Triangle of Terror in new tour covering nearly 20 cities
 
altAPPLETON, WIS.—August 26, 2009—“Exposing Terrorism,” a new John Birch Society speaking tour beginning September 22, reveals and documents the players who back, boost and drive terrorism.
 
“America is focusing too much on Islamic militants and not enough on the network of suppliers and backers,” says JBS CEO Art Thompson. “Islamic militants are only one part of the terror triangle.”
 
Thompson’s presentation, “Exposing Terrorism: Inside the Terror Triangle” runs through the beginning of December and will be offered in nearly 20 cities. Thompson says his goal is to keep the U.S. out of another war. “The media superficially reports on these bombings. Viewers are not shown the whole picture.”
 
Additional information about the tour is located at www.ExposingTerrorism.com.  Detailed schedule information is here.
 
Thompson joined the Society in 1964 and rose through the ranks becoming a successful Area Coordinator for The John Birch Society in the 1970s. He left the staff to go back into business in 1981 and returned to the staff again in the 1990s. He has held virtually every volunteer and staff position in the Society, including National Director of Development and Communications and National Director of Field Activities. For several years, he represented the Society in a variety of media events, including appearing on “60 Minutes.”
 
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit www.JBS.org for more information.
 
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The John Birch Society Statement Regarding North American Leaders Summit in Guadalajara
North American leaders continue to jeopardize sovereignty through entangling agreements, says John Birch Society

APPLETON, WIS.—August 7, 2009—On August 9-10, President Obama will attend the North American Leaders Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.  The White House Press Secretary wrote that they are to “engage on a broad range of issues, including economic recovery and competitiveness in North America, our shared interest in energy and the environment, and cooperation among our governments to promote the safety and welfare of our citizens, including continued close cooperation to counter the A/H1N1 influenza pandemic.”

The Coalition to Block the North American Union will hold a press conference in Guadalajara on August 8.  President John McManus of The John Birch Society serves on the Steering Committee of the coalition.  Since he is unable to attend the press conference as he has in past years in Montebello, Canada and New Orleans, he has requested others to deliver his prepared statement (see below) during the press conference.

Formerly known as the Security and Prosperity Partnership, the gatherings of the three leaders began in 2005.  which was launched in 2005.  After public outcry over the purpose of the meetings arose, subsequent sessions were renamed, (North American Leaders Summit), but the intent remains the same: to further entangle the three North America governments under the guise of security and prosperity.

The JBS continues participation as a founding member of the Coalition to Block the North American Union, a group of more than 75 organizations working to alert citizens about the potential loss of sovereignty and independence of their respective countries.

John McManus is available for media interviews.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit JBS.org for more information.

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Statement by John F. McManus, President, The John Birch Society
Press Conference, Coalition To Block the North American Union
Guadalajara, Mexico, August 9, 2009


The leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico will issue denials but the hidden motive propelling them to gather in Guadalajara is to advance further toward creation of a sovereignty-destroying North American Union.  Merger of the three nations is the ultimate though hidden goal. 

The initial three gatherings of the leaders of these three nations – begun in 2005 - have been conducted under the label Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP).  Strong opposition to the merging of the three nations, led by our Coalition To Block the North American Union in the United States, seems to have persuaded the involved heads of state to change the name of their annual gathering.  Originally labeled SPP, the fourth meeting in New Orleans and this fifth meeting in Guadalajara are now billed as the “North American Leaders Summit.” 

Producing a new name for a plan, without altering its overall harmful goal, amounts to admitting a need to hide something.  That something is a determination to merge the three nations.  For citizens of the United States, this would mean cancellation of the Declaration of Independence and a scrapping of the U.S. Constitution.  It would mean similar abdications of sovereignty for Canada and Mexico.

Seven years ago, President Vicente Fox of Mexico announced a desire to create “connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union.”  The European Union, sold to the people of Europe as a mere trade agreement, has become the dominant political influence over its 27 member nations.  It has been characterized by the British authors of the 2003 book The Great Deception as “a slow-motion coup d’etat, the most spectacular coup d’etat in history.”   It is clear that a similar coup d’etat is being planned for Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Early in the first term of his eight-year U.S. presidency, and prior to the launching of the SPP, George W. Bush announced his determination to have the U.S. Congress pass legislation that would have 34 nations of the Western Hemisphere entangled in the “Free Trade Area of the Americas” (FTAA).   Precisely similar to the initial legislation that has led to the dominant European Union, the FTAA was slated by Mr. Bush to be presented to the U.S. Congress for subsequent approval by January 2005.  But strong opposition among the American people who termed the proposal “NAFTA on steroids” forced Mr. Bush to quietly abandon his plan.  He never asked Congress to approve his plan to create the FTAA.

Instead, in 2005, Mr. Bush joined with the leaders of Mexico and Canada in Waco, Texas, for the initial meeting of the SPP.  If entangling 34 nations into the FTAA wasn’t going to occur, the three 2005 leaders (all of whom are now out of office) decided to move toward their desired merger in piecemeal fashion.  Hence, their decision to stealthily merge the three North American nations via the SPP, a never discarded goal that will now be carried forward by what is termed the North American Leaders Summit. 

In 2008, President Bush met with Mexico’s Felipe Calderon and Canada’s Steven Harper in New Orleans for the continuation of the newly named SPP.  Clearly on the defensive, the three leaders chose to tout the supposed accomplishments of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  This 1994 pact involving the three nations had been subjected to severe scrutiny, even condemnation, by some candidates for the U.S. presidency.  Statements by backers of NAFTA were cited by members of this Coalition as clear indication that the NAFTA pact has always been a step toward merging the three nations.     

Changing the name of the gathering that promotes this plan does not change the plan's essence. The North American Leaders Summit is essentially another meeting of the already discredited Security and Prosperity Partnership. 

The U.S.-based Coalition To Block the North American Union will continue, even increase, its determination to inform the American people, as well as our friends in Canada and Mexico, that national sovereignty is at stake.  We remain completely opposed to duplicating for North America the loss of sovereignty that has already occurred in the once-independent nations of Europe.

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The John Birch Society Welcomes Robert Brown as New Coordinator in Montana
Constitutional advocates expands Field Staff to organize volunteers to carry out JBS mission of limited government, more responsibility, with God’s help, a better world

altAPPLETON, WIS.—July 24, 2009—The John Birch Society welcomes Robert Brown as a new Coordinator to its Field Staff.  As Coordinator, Brown will be responsible for organizing volunteer leaders and allies of The John Birch Society in the state of Montana.

Jim Fitzgerald, JBS National Director of Field Activities, says expanding the existing organizational structure in Montana is part of the organization’s strategy to reach an ever-increasing group of concerned Americans.  He says, “The current economic climate has caused many to question the proper role of government, the consequences to future generations, and solutions to the economic crisis.  The John Birch Society prides itself on providing Constitutional solutions for the problems of today.”

The Society offers many opportunities for concerned Americans to educate themselves on the problems and solutions, as well as ways to locally organize.

Brown lives in Helena with his wife and their eight children.  He is originally from Utah, is a former insurance agent and was named as a 2006 Honorary Member to the Top 50 Conservatives list published by Idahoans for Tax Reform.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit www.JBS.org for more information.

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Missouri Information Analysis Center report demonstrates need for local control of police departments The John Birch Society’s “Support Your Local Police” campaign helped free local police departments from federal control

APPLETON, WIS. — March 20, 2009 — In an action The John Birch Society classifies as asinine, the Missouri Information Analysis Center released a strategic report on February 20, 2009, called “The Modern Militia Movement.”  In it, the center equates supporters of the U.S. Constitution and third party candidates and those against abortion and illegal immigration with white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, so-called “rightwing extremists” and domestic terrorists.  This poorly written report was released to those law enforcement officers and agencies, intelligence agencies and Department of Defense organizations operating in Missouri.

The 8-page report briefly describes the unsavory and immoral actions of violence-embracing militia groups pre and post 9/11/01.  It does not, however, provide detailed or even accurate accounts of federal intervention at Ruby Ridge, Waco or Oklahoma City, merely broad brushing the examples as reasons why militia membership flourished.

Its repeated use of the phrase “rightwing extremists” is never fully defined, but readers are led to believe it is anyone who opposes gun control, abortion, taxes, illegal immigration, a Constitutional Convention, the North American Union, the New World Order, forced conscription, and citizen radio frequency identification as well as those who want to lobby government officials and confront corruption.  This illogically puts law enforcement on one side and responsible, law-abiding folks who support the Constitution on the other.

The report recommends profiling by stating that “it is not uncommon for militia members to display Constitutional Party, Campaign for Liberty or Libertarian material.”  It continues, “Militia members commonly display picture, cartoons, bumper stickers that contain anti-government rhetoric. Most of this material will depict the FRS, IRS, FBI, ATF, CIA, UN, Law Enforcement, and ‘The New World Order’ in a derogatory manor (sic).”

In an interview with the “Columbia Daily Tribune,” Lt. John Hotz of the Missouri State Highway Patrol suggests that the “report is being misinterpreted.”  “All this [report] is an educational thing.  Troopers have been shot by members of groups, so it’s our job to let law enforcement officers know what the trends are in the modern militia movement.”

But James Fitzgerald, National Director of Field Activities for The John Birch Society and former police officer, points out that the report is misleading at best and potentially highly dangerous. “Police officers are trained to anticipate the worst in situations, so they are prepared to effectively do their job and go home safely.  They rely on intelligence information to keep them apprised of threats in their areas.  Unfortunately this report is totally irresponsible.  It places an unworthy veil of suspicion over responsible citizens that respect the rule of law.”

Missouri State Rep. James Guest has a meeting next week with officials at MIAC.  He wants them to retract their report and apologize for their overstepping.  He commented, “It is profiling to the highest degree to identify citizens of this country who display bumper stickers or other labels as being part of a modern militia movement. I thought anybody who spoke out was protected by the First Amendment.”

Guest wrote in an editorial, “I and others will not be intimidated by this threat to our freedom but I believe it will energize Missourians to stand up for their constitutional protected rights. This assault on Americans by profiling us as militant instead of profiling those who are here illegally, or terrorists, amazes me.”

In 1963, The John Birch Society began its “Support Your Local Police” campaign with a goal of keeping police departments under local control and not being merged into a national police force.  For decades, JBS members formed partnerships with local police departments, which proved very beneficial to certain communities in the late 1960s during the era of civil rights riots.  Members met with local police chiefs and then went door-to-door to create awareness, sparing some of those communities from violent riots.

Fitzgerald explains that what is needed is a better relationship between citizens and their local police.  “By getting to know those in your community and opening up those communication lines, you know where the real threats lie.  You begin to understand who you can count on.  This was standard operating procedure when I was on the Vice Squad in New Jersey.”
What this report does bring to light is how this “intelligence” is gathered and distributed.  The Missouri Information Analysis Center is part of a network of Department of Homeland Security “Fusion Centers,” which demonstrates that the information in this report was probably sent to many more states than Missouri.

The John Birch Society is urging members and all constitutionalists to work on bettering relationships with local police as well as the DHS Fusion Centers.  It also is urging law enforcement to place the report exactly where it belongs … in the trash.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit JBS.org for more information.

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Jewish members of The John Birch Society clear record of anti-Semitism charge of Society’s President in The New York Times
Snippets of John McManus discussing Jewish and Catholic faiths in two speeches nine years ago at a non-Birch function taken out of context

APPLETON, WIS. — June 26, 2009 — In a June 25 column, The New York Times asserts that John Birch Society President John F. McManus gave anti-Semitic talks to Catholic groups. However, the snippets the reporter lays claim to are cherry-picked from two speeches McManus gave in 2000. “They certainly are taken out of context," says JBS Jewish Member David Eisenberg.

“As a proud Jewish member of the National Council of the John Birch Society,” Eisenberg continued, “I must respond. I have a long time ago satisfied myself that those statements made nine years ago by John McManus have been misinterpreted. John is strictly describing what was happening to the Jewish faith during the birth of the Christian faith back in 70 AD.”

“I, too, fell victim to the smear that JBS was anti-Semitic in the 1960s,” Eisenberg offered. “So, it was my intention, as a proud Jewish man, to use the facts I discovered to destroy this anti-Semitic organization. After reading most of the Society's publications, seeing their movies and hearing their speakers, I asked JBS members who were co-workers if I could attend their meetings. I was welcomed to do so, and I did. After a year of personal investigation, I found that not only was the organization not anti-Semitic and racist, but that I was in agreement with the Society. I joined the organization and my wife did the same a year later. Our two children attended JBS Youth Camps. All four of us became Life Members. I have served as a Chapter Leader, Section Leader, Head of the Speakers' Committee, Youth Camp Counselor and Camp Director. In 1995, I was brought up as a Member of the National Council.”

“So, what are the facts with regard to the John Birch Society and anti-Semitism? Take it from this long-time Jewish member: The John Birch Society is the sworn enemy of all those who hate others on the basis of their skin color, their religious affiliation, or on the basis of any other arbitrary, collectivist categorizations. It is, instead, the most steadfast organization in America working to preserve and defend liberty and freedom for all Americans.”

In a written response, Andy Dlinn, another Jewish JBS member wrote, “There really is nothing here. Based on his speech and my many years of association with John, there is no evidence of any anti-Semitism.”

Dlinn was approached for membership in 1985 because of his involvement in organizations that promote liberty and free markets. He, too, was always told about the Society's purported anti-Semitism. "Although I agreed with the JBS' positions, I was very concerned whether or not the charges were true. So I actually read the early works of JBS founder Robert Welch before he started the JBS looking for clues to validate the charges. Having found none, I joined the JBS and have been a proud defender of freedom enhanced by the comprehensive tools the JBS provides. As Mr. Welch clearly states in his founding speech of the JBS, "Our hope is to make better Catholics, better Protestants, better Jews, or better Moslems out of those who belong to the Society. Our never ending concern is with morality, integrity and purpose."

Dlinn has served as volunteer chapter leader and section leader.

John McManus is available for interviews not only to refute the issue brought up by The New York Times, but to discuss the larger issue of some mainstream media outlets irresponsibly labeling dissent as “right wing extremism” or as “hate speech.”

McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966, becoming President in 1991. He has written and produced numerous books and audiovisual programs, including the popular DVD, “Overview of America,” which is a moving tribute about America’s Constitutional roots.

He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. He is one of the Society’s few authorized spokesmen. In addition to being a regular contributor of articles to The New American magazine, he serves as its publisher. He is also publisher of the Society’s monthly Bulletin. He is currently wrapping up a speaking tour entitled “America’s Economic Meltdown,” in which he points to the Constitution for long-term solutions. His speech is based on his 1993 book “Financial Terrorism: Hijacking America Under the Threat of Bankruptcy.” Many of his predictions made in this book have come true during the current economic crisis.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit www.JBS.org for more information.

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America’s Economic Meltdown—coming soon to a city near you!
The John Birch Society sets up 40 city tour covering 21 states to present overview, solutions to America’s economic meltdown

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APPLETON, WIS. — February 10, 2009 — As the federal government continues to deal with the recession by enacting a variety of interventions, The John Birch Society will offer a counter-perspective on and solutions to the economic crisis.

“America’s Economic Meltdown” will be presented by John McManus, Publisher of The New American magazine and JBS President.  His hour-long speech in will be delivered in 40 cities in 21 states, starting in mid February.  The events are open to the public.

McManus will provide in-depth discussion of money, inflation, the Federal Reserve and the advantages of sound currency.  The New American has reported that the stimulus price tag nears $2 trillion, given the bailouts, tax rebate and the upcoming stimulus bill, which will only worsen the problem.  The money to pay for this will either be printed (inflation) or borrowed, most likely from China.  The result of this fiscal irresponsibility will be a declining dollar, a mountain of indebtedness, and the potential for a loss of national independence.  “This is not something we should leave for our children or ourselves,” says McManus. “Let’s get government under control, learn from history, return to sound currency, and pay off the nation’s debts.”

The New American has pointed out that government interventionism continues to prolong and deepen the recession by preventing bad investments from being liquidated, insolvent companies are kept afloat and investments continue to be misappropriated.  Instead of attacking the root cause of the problem — government that is too big and too expensive — the bailouts and stimulus packages are only compounding it.

An early version of “America’s Economic Meltdown” is available in McManus’ DVD presentation, “Dollars & $ense.”  Copies of the DVD will be available at the event.  The tour goes through late June.  A tentative schedule is posted online with local contact information.

The tour plans mulitple stops in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit www.JBS.org for more information.

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America’s Economic Meltdown—coming soon to a city near you!
The John Birch Society sets up 40 city tour covering 21 states to present overview, solutions to America’s economic meltdown

altAPPLETON, WIS. — January 21, 2009 — As the federal government continues to deal with the recession by enacting a variety of interventions, The John Birch Society will offer a counter-perspective on and solutions to the economic crisis.

“America’s Economic Meltdown” will be presented by John McManus, Publisher of The New American magazine and JBS President.  His hour-long speech in will be delivered in 40 cities in 21 states, starting in early February.  The events are open to the public.

McManus will provide in-depth discussion of money, inflation, the Federal Reserve and the advantages of sound currency.  The New American has reported that the stimulus price tag nears $2 trillion, given the bailouts, tax rebate and the upcoming stimulus bill, which will only worsen the problem.  The money to pay for this will either be printed (inflation) or borrowed, most likely from China.  The result of this fiscal irresponsibility will be a declining dollar, a mountain of indebtedness, and the potential for a loss of national independence.  “This is not something we should leave for our children or ourselves,” says McManus. “Let’s get government under control, learn from history, return to sound currency, and pay off the nation’s debts.”

The New American has pointed out that government interventionism continues to prolong and deepen the recession by preventing bad investments from being liquidated, insolvent companies are kept afloat and investments continue to be misappropriated.  Instead of attacking the root cause of the problem — government that is too big and too expensive — the bailouts and stimulus packages are only compounding it.

An early version of “America’s Economic Meltdown” is available in McManus’ DVD presentation, “Dollars & $ense.”  Copies of the DVD will be available at the event.  The tour begins February 10 and goes through late June.  A tentative schedule is posted online with local contact information.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit www.JBS.org for more information.

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Ports-to-Plains: Progress, but at what cost? asks The John Birch Society
Texan-native Kelly Taylor will present the real costs of allowing trade corridors to run from Mexico to Canada in the name of increased trade at a local John Birch Society event Jan. 12 in Lubbockalt

LUBBOCK, TEXAS — January 6, 2009 — Many are hailing the consensus reached at the recent Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Summit as the beginning of a “bright future” for West Texas.  But Texas chapters of The John Birch Society are asking, “At what cost?”  Texan-native Kelly Taylor will answer that question and present the downside of helping the government cater ever-more to cheap foreign imports while the manufacturing base of the United States continues to erode.

Taylor’s presentation will be held Monday, January 12, 2009, in the Venetian 1 Room of Embassy Suites Hotel at 7:00 p.m.  The hotel is located at 5215 South Loop 289 in Lubbock, Texas.  Her analysis comes the day before the Texas legislature begins its 2009 session.

Those involved with the Ports-to-Plains project are already contacting Washington, D.C. to beg federal money from President-elect Barack Obama.  It has already been reported that the Texas Transportation Commission has allocated $140 million for related projects from Dumas to San Angelo, Texas.

Taylor is an Austin-based writer, filmmaker and producer of a politically based TV talk show.  She is a contributor to The New American magazine and has extensively researched and written about the NAFTA Superhighway.  She is heralded as one of the first to report on the collusion between Texas officials and Federal officials to install toll booths on existing Texas highways to fund the construction of corridor highways owned and operated by foreign investors.  She is sought-after for her popular and telling “Oh Well, I Wasn’t Using My Texas Heritage Anyway” presentation.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  The New American is published by JBS.  Visit www.JBS.org for more information.

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National Council Member of The John Birch Society Killed in Car Accident
Clifford and Dorothy Wasem killed January 4 in Idaho
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APPLETON, WIS. — January 7, 2009 — Tragically, Clifford and his beloved wife Dorothy Wasem were killed in an automobile accident, Sunday, January 4, 2009. Thoughts and prayers from all at The John Birch Society go out to their family as well as to the family of the third accident victim, in the other vehicle. Clifford was a member of the National Council of The John Birch Society.

To those that knew Cliff and Dorothy, and it was rare to find someone in their community that did not know them given their successful family-run pharmacy, “Wasem’s”, they will be greatly missed.

Cliff was born in Clarkston, Washington, in 1928 and resided there his entire life. He graduated from Washington State College with a degree in pharmacy and joined his father in the family-owned pharmacy. Cliff became the pharmacy’s sole proprietor in 1965. Under his energetic leadership, the business diversified and provided a wide variety of products and services.

Cliff served as his county’s Republican chairman for 15 years and as an elected state representative during the 1960s. He also served on the city council and was active in his local community affairs his entire life. He faithfully led a JBS chapter for more than 35 years.

Always an enthusiastic promoter of the Society’s programs, Cliff was known by every customer and friend as a man who stood up for his beliefs. Consequently, many in his community have rallied around his leadership.

Cliff had expended some of his boundless energy as treasurer of the local hospital and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington State Pharmaceutical Association. He accepted appointment to the National Council of The John Birch Society in 1999. Cliff had credited his wife, Dorothy, for making his widespread activities possible.

As the CEO of The John Birch Society, Art Thompson expressed, “Cliff’s influence in politics, health matters, and helping to preserve the Constitution extended all across the nation and touched literally thousands of people. He will be missed by the many, many people who loved him and Dorothy.”

Cliff leaves behind a vacant seat and very large shoes to fill on the National Council. His tireless enthusiasm will be felt for years to come. He and Dorothy are survived by their four children.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit www.JBS.org for more information.

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Constitutional convention being debated in Ohio legislature is a bad idea says The John Birch Society
John Birch Society members testify against House Joint Resolution 8, calling for a con-con to deliver an amendment for fiscal responsibility

APPLETON, WIS. — December 10, 2008 — Today the Judiciary Committee of the General Assembly of the Ohio State Legislature is debating whether or not to formally ask Congress for a constitutional convention (con-con) in the hopes of creating a new Constitutional amendment forcing fiscal responsibility on the government.  “While fiscal responsibility is extremely important in reducing our debt,” says John F. McManus, president of The John Birch Society and publisher of The New American, “the call for a constitutional convention is fraught with danger that few realize.”

McManus states that the last time a constitutional convention was called, the Articles of Confederation were cast out and the current Constitution replaced it.  “This turned out to be a great replacement, but I shudder to think of what a con-con would do today.”  The John Birch Society believes the Constitution, that they say most in Congress habitually ignore, is a great roadmap for the Republic, but only if it is adhered to.  “There’s no reason to call for a con-con.  Congress already has the power to make the federal government fiscally responsible.”


“We recommend that citizens work through their elected Congressional leaders to force fiscal responsibility, not through the creation of a con-con that cannot be controlled,” offered McManus.


The New American reported in 2006 that “A majority of the judges and scholars who have opined on the subject [of a con-con] have declared that restraints and limitations contained in the resolutions of state legislatures which apply to Congress to call a convention are unenforceable and of no effect whatever.”  The late Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger, wrote in a private letter in 1988 also published in the same article:

   I have also repeatedly given my opinion that there
   is no effective way to limit or muzzle the actions of
   a Constitutional Convention. The Convention could
   make its own rules and set its own agenda. Congress
   might try to limit the Convention to one amendment or
   to one issue, but there is no way to assure that the Convention
   would obey. After a Convention is convened, it
   will be too late to stop the Convention if we don't like
   its agenda.... A new Convention could plunge our Nation
   into constitutional confusion and confrontation at
   every turn, with no assurance that focus would be on
   the subjects needing attention. I have discouraged the
   idea of a Constitutional Convention, and I am glad to see
   states rescinding their previous resolutions requesting a
   Convention. In these [constitutional] Bicentennial years,
   we should be celebrating [the republic's] long life, not
   challenging its very existence.


Members of The John Birch Society have appeared to testify before the committee today to discourage a call for a con-con and have undertaken a last minute push to help educate legislators and their staffs about the dangers of a possible runaway convention.

McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966, and by 1991 was named its President and Publisher of its official magazine, “The New American.”  He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and has written and produced numerous videos and DVDs, including the popular "Overview of America," a moving survey of America’s remarkable roots.  Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Massachusetts.  He served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years.  For six years before accepting a staff position with the Society, he was employed as an electronics engineer.


Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous and pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens.  Visit www.JBS.org for more information.


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