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Wednesday, October 06 2010 14:58 Written by Alex
Wednesday, October 06 2010 14:58 Written by Alex

The age of the Internet grants anyone who can access it an opportunity to learn a great deal about virtually anything in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, the published information can be incorrect. Anyone who Googles "The John Birch Society" will see this problem demonstrated almost immediately. From the slanted view given of the Society at Wikipedia to the crazed rantings of detractors, much of the information provided is either distorted or downright false. Thus, we offer this page where we seek to set the record straight. A more extensive reading is available in The John Birch Society: Reality vs. Myth booklet.

Myth: JBS is a radical organization full of right-wing extremists.

Fact: JBS is dedicated to restoring the Republic according to the vision of the Founding Fathers: limited government, individual liberty, and the rule of law. Along with America's Founders, we believe that governments are instituted to protect individual rights and liberties, and are not formed to provide for the wants of individuals. To label JBS radical or extreme for agreeing with our nation's Founders is to place that same label on them.

Myth: The JBS message is hate-filled.

Fact: There never has been any hate in our agenda and it will never be employed as a tactic. From the outset, membership in JBS has been strictly denied to haters and, should any member adopt a racist or anti-Semitic attitude or behavior, the membership of such a person will be permanently revoked.

Myth:JBS Founder Robert Welch called President Dwight Eisenhower a Communist

Fact: Originally detailing some of Pres. Eisenhower's history in a 1954 letter sent privately to a few friends, Mr. Welch's research grew over several years into a full-length book entitled The Politician (1963). Once the book was published, its very existence was ignored while critics continued to dwell on only one of several possible conclusions offered by Mr. Welch.

The book provides 300 pages and 150 pages of footnotes and documentation, including covering one of Mr. Eisenhower's most immoral and despicable acts of authorizing "Operation Keelhaul"; which used American soldiers to repatriate anti-communist Poles to their certain death or torture. Read the book for yourself and discover what Mr. Welch did say and learn the role played by Mr. Eisenhower over his many years as one of our nation's military and political leaders.

Myth: JBS considers public water fluoridation part of a Communist mind-control plot.

Fact: While the JBS doesn't agree with water fluoridation on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional mass medication of the public, it was never opposed as a mind-control plot. Furthermore, opposition to fluoridation was never a major action item of any JBS campaign.

Myth: JBS is nothing more than a group of conspiracy theorists.

Fact: The John Birch Society reports on those that create and influence public policy and the motivations behind their actions. JBS directs members to counter unconstitutional actions through peaceful, educational means, including supporting or blocking legislation, setting up relationships with key elected officials and local leaders, and holding elected officials accountable to their oath of office.

By definition, a conspiracy exists when two or more persons work secretly for an evil or unlawful purpose. Given the state that America is in today, one could argue that an unconstitutional agenda is no longer secret, but in the open for all to see. Those that continue to work against the Constitution do so brazenly, continuing to make promises and entitlements to citizens that the country cannot afford while committing future generations to crushing debt and ever decreasing prosperity at the expense of liberty.

Myth: JBS was booted out of the conservative movement by William F. Buckley.

Fact: In the mid-1950s on more than one occasion, John Birch Society Founder Robert Welch financially helped an up-and-coming conservative leader, and recommended that others do the same, so this rising young star could get his new magazine off the ground. That newcomer was William F. Buckley and his magazine was National Review.

A few short years later, Mr. Buckley attacked Robert Welch in a lengthy article in his magazine. Over the past several decades, Buckley carried out a campaign of attacking or disparaging Welch and the Society. On numerous occasions, he boasted to friends that he intended to destroy The John Birch Society. He didn't succeed. Read more in John McManus' book, "William F. Buckley: Pied Piper for the Establishment."

Myth: The JBS is against civil rights because it opposed several Civil Rights acts.

Fact: Correcting civil rights abuses that do exist should be accomplished at the state and local level, something The John Birch Society members - of all races, colors and ethnic backgrounds - have always supported. Civil rights legislation should have come from the states and the communities rather than being used as a steppingstone toward our present-day out-of-control federal government.

Myth: The John Birch Society played a role in the assassination of President Kennedy.

Fact: This is perhaps the most despicable myth. The truth is that The John Birch Society has always lived by the age-old adage that foul means can never be employed to accomplish a goal, no matter how important that goal. While JBS and its members called attention to the many dangerous and unconstitutional acts and programs promoted by President Kennedy, it has always been the Society’s position that anything harmful to our country emanating from the White House should be countered by congressional or judicial action urged upon our nation’s leaders by concerned American citizens.

Immediately after the assassination, founder Robert Welch canceled the “For God and Country” rally that thousands had committed to attend in Boston the following day. He then sent a telegram of condolences to Mrs. Kennedy. In that brief message, published by the Boston Globe on November 23, 1963, Robert Welch stated: “On behalf of the Council of the John Birch Society and myself, I wish to express our deep sorrow at the untimely loss to our nation of its youngest elected President and to convey more particularly to you and all members of President Kennedy’s family our sincere and heartfelt sympathy in your overwhelming personal loss.”

Wednesday, October 06 2010 14:58 Written by Alex

Formed by Robert Welch in December 1958, The John Birch Society takes its name from the legendary World War II Army Captain John Birch. The organization's overall goal, never altered in the 50-plus years of its existence, has always been to create sufficient understanding amongst the American people about both their country and its enemies, so that they could protect freedom and ensure continuation of the nation's independence.

Always an education and action organization, the Society has never deviated from its opposition to communism and any other form of totalitarianism, certainly including the steady drift toward total government currently arising from within our own shores. But the positive promise of what can be built in an atmosphere of freedom has always been more of a motivation for members than any negative fear of what must be opposed.

Building chapters of 15-20 citizens in communities across the nation, Society members have always followed the plan created by Robert Welch. It includes distribution of pamphlets, books, and the organization's magazines. Members also share films and DVDs, conduct letter-writing sessions, arrange for speakers to appear in their communities, and engage in all types of moral and tasteful forms of educational activity. The Society's goal has been summarized as, "Education is our total strategy; truth our only weapon."

While the Society has always focused on combating -- or occasionally applauding -- actions taken by government, the organization was also built on a moral foundation. Its motto proclaims the long-range goal of "Less government, more responsibility, and – with God's help – a better world." How much "less" government? Officials point to the U.S. Constitution and claim that adherence to its many limitations on power would result in the federal government being 20 percent its size and 20 percent its cost.

As for "more responsibility," the Society insists that the Ten Commandments should guide all personal and organizational conduct. Agreeing with numerous pronouncements of our nation's Founders, Society members believe that national freedom cannot long endure without moral restraint.

Unlike most other groups formed for patriotic purposes, the Society has always dared to attribute the many problems facing our nation to deliberate, conspiratorial design. America's decline, claim Society leaders, hasn't resulted from bungling or misinformation at the leadership level but from determined planning. Robert Welch often stated, "There is a conspiracy at work as sure as there is a law of gravity." Yet he always believed, as do those who lead the Society today, that most of the harm being done to our country results from the work of non-conspirators whose self-serving and ambitious goals make them willing to cast aside all concerns about right versus wrong and seek only personal aggrandizement.

Soon after its creation, enemies discovered the Society's potential to arouse and inform a generally sleeping population. At that point, there arose a totally unfair and withering smear campaign painting the organization and its members with an array of nasty and completely false charges, none of which ever had any validity. The Society survived that furious onslaught, and its tens of thousands of members continue to create understanding about the marvelous nation we inherited from those brave and far-seeing men who wrote the thunderous Declaration of Independence and created the oft-praised but little-obeyed U.S. Constitution.

With a membership made up of Americans of all races, colors, creeds, and national origins, the Society is currently enjoying a surge in activity, a large growth in acceptance, and increased hope for a future marked by less government and more responsibility. It is that combination that surely will, with God's help, lead to the better world desired by all men and women of good will.

Wednesday, October 06 2010 14:57 Written by Alex


To bring about less government, more responsibility, and — with God's help — a better world by providing leadership, education, and organized volunteer action in accordance with moral and Constitutional principles.

Preserving Individual Rights & National Independence

"These United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States … We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
— Declaration of Independence, 1776

The Declaration of Independence established the independence of both the original 13 American colonies and the United States of America that they together formed a decade later.

The Declaration proclaimed that our personal rights come from God, not from government.

The John Birch Society endorses the timeless principles of the Declaration of Independence. The Society also labors to warn against and expose the forces that seek to abolish U.S. independence, build a world government, or otherwise undermine our personal liberties and national independence.

The ConstitutionRestoring the Constitution

"That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." — Declaration of Independence, 1776

The Constitution of the United States of America instituted the government that secures our God-given rights.

The John Birch Society endorses the U.S. Constitution as the foundation of our national government, and works toward educating and activating Americans to abide by the original intent of the Founding Fathers. We seek to awaken a sleeping and apathetic people concerning the designs of those who are working to destroy our constitutional Republic.

Wednesday, October 06 2010 14:57 Written by Alex

Ever since its founding in 1958 by Robert Welch, The John Birch Society has been dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the United States Constitution.

As Robert Welch himself explained, members of The John Birch Society come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national levels.

United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members of The John Birch Society have educated millions of Americans on the appropriate role of government. Using educational and concerted action tools of a wide variety — including local lobbying, distribution of literature, email campaigns, news conferences, petitions, and more — members have played a continuous, pivotal role in halting legislation and federal policies that threaten the independence of our country and our people.

For more than 50 years, the Society has educated and informed its members and others, who have worked together to bring about major changes in national policy. Direction of our volunteer leaders — and our paid field staff — in pursuing the action agenda campaigns of The John Birch Society is provided from our headquarters based in Appleton, Wisconsin.

A national network of local chapters initiates communications projects and implements the programs outlined in the monthly JBS Bulletin, the member newsletter. Activity at the local and regional levels is guided by professional Field Coordinators who provide the benefit of their knowledge and experience.

Explore our website, learn more about The John Birch Society, consider joining, and then work with us to help fulfill our mission:

To bring about less government, more responsibility, and — with God's help — a better world by providing leadership, education, and organized volunteer action in accordance with moral and Constitutional principles.

Who was John Birch?
Remembering Robert Welch

Thursday, December 18 2008 14:39 Written by Rev. Steven Louis Craft, M. Div

“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10: 16)

The words of Jesus Christ to his disciples were an exhortation to be prepared to face persecution and death in carrying out their mission to evangelize the nations. This charge exemplified the life and death of Captain John Morrison Birch, an ambassador of Christ to the Chinese people.

Wednesday, December 17 2008 13:48 Written by

James F. Fitzgerald

In his over 40 years of service on the staff of The John Birch Society, James F. Fitzgerald has held every position in the field working directly with members and supporters – Coordinator, Major Coordinator, Regional Field Director and National Development Officer. Currently, Jim is the National Director of Field Activities supervising the entire field staff of The John Birch Society throughout the United States.


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Thursday, May 07 2009 12:13 Written by Bill Hahn

At an age when most people are enjoying their retirement, Robert Welch decided to place that aside and found an organization to promote what he saw as ideals of Americanism in order to battle the overwhelming wave of communism he saw taking over numerous countries, as well as seeing its prominent influence in America throughout his lifetime.

While his detractors would have rather seen Robert Welch sit idle in a rocking chair, he would have none of it. He devoted the rest of his life at age 58 to help secure to future generations the freedoms he had enjoyed and to give them the educational tools they would need to use to hold onto the freedoms.

He recognized and was fond of saying that “All we need to succeed is sufficient understanding.” Based on this, JBS was founded as a member-based educational organization designed to reach out to others to educate them on the original intent of the founding fathers, getting back to the Constitution and why the United States was built as a Republic and not a democracy. He had a knack for boiling down complex ideas, thoughts and problems into easily relatable stories and solutions. As a voracious reader, learner and man of high intellect, this came natural to him.

A child prodigy, he entered high school at age 10 and graduated near the top of his class two years later. He then entered the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1916 at age 16, and enrolled into Annapolis Naval Academy. He left a few years later and dipped his creative toe into journalism and became a syndicated columnist just before he decided to take a Merchant Marine position. Unfortunately, Congress ended the program seven days before he was to leave. He then knew he had to find an occupation that would allow him to flourish, especially for him to make time for his academic interests.

In the fall of 1919, he enrolled in Harvard Law School to learn the free enterprise system. By 1922, he had had enough of the school and launched the Oxford Candy Company. In 1926, he invented the Sugar Daddy candy and sales skyrocketed. He left the company he worked so hard to build after dispute with management and started again. Eventually he ended up working for his brother at the James O. Welch Company in 1935 until he "retired" in 1956 to found The John Birch Society in 1958.

He had an extremely sharp memory with which he used to recite poetry for hours, which he had read 50 years ago! But that memory and his very deep knowledge of all things history could also be a hindrance, for he could hardly give a short answer to a question, which tended to infuriate those in the media looking for quick sound bites. He guided JBS through its first three decades until his passing in 1985. There is so much more to Robert Welch than what can be contained in this short number of much generalized paragraphs. To those that knew him and worked with him, Robert Welch was truly a fascinating and loving man who wanted nothing more than to preserve freedom and future prosperity for later generations. We invite you to learn more about him by reading “The Life and Words of Robert Welch” by G. Edward Griffin, as well as "The Blue Book of The John Birch Society" by Robert Welch. Members can download the Blue Book for free.

Thursday, May 07 2009 11:53 Written by Bill Hahn

Put simply, John Birch was a devoted Christian missionary who heroically served in World War II and was killed by Chinese Communists 10 days after the end of the war, when he was only 27. Communists that were supposedly WWII allies with the U.S.

Birch’s parents had been told that he was killed by a stray bullet, but only after accidentally seeing details of his death due to the carelessness of a young military officer. George and Ethel Birch knew that something had gone terribly wrong, and they didn’t even know that there had been an official investigation. For five years, Ethel traveled the country grilling those men who served with John, from fellow soldiers to commanding officers.

Finally, she wrote to California Senator William Knowland, who finally was given access to John Birch’s file that was marked "Top Secret." He was so moved by what he saw that he gave a speech on the floor of the Senate on September 5, 1950, berating the government for its cover-up, as the result of bringing John Birch’s death to light could have led to different relations with China and North Korea.

Nearly ten years after Birch’s death, JBS Founder Robert Welch discovered that his death had been covered up after reading Knowland’s speech.  Welch wrote and had published The Life of John Birch in 1954.

John Birch was a simple but highly intelligent man who worked hard to serve God, spread God’s word, and fought for the freedom to do so.  During his service in the war, he longed for the day when he could once again work the land, raise a family and dutifully serve God, as seen in the prose he wrote four months before his death called The War Weary Farmer.

I should like to find the existence of what my father called "Plain living and high thinking."

I want some fields and hills, woodlands and streams I can call my own. I want to spend my strength in making fields green, and the cattle fat, so that I may give sustenance to my loved ones, and aid to those neighbors who suffer misfortune; I do not want a life of monotonous paper-shuffling or of trafficking with money-mad traders.

I only want enough of science to enable fruitful husbandry of the land with simple tools, a time for leisure, and the guarding of my family's health. I do not care to be absorbed in the endless examining of force and space and matter, which I believe can only slowly lead to God.

I do not want a hectic hurrying from place to place on whizzing machines or busy streets. I do not want an elbowing through crowds of impatient strangers who have time neither to think their own thoughts nor to know real friendship. I want to live slowly, to relax with my family before a glowing fireplace, to welcome the visits of my neighbors, to worship God, to enjoy a book, to lie on a shaded grassy bank and watch the clouds sail across the blue.

I want to love a wife who prefers rural peace to urban excitement, one who would rather climb a hilltop to watch a sunset with me than to take a taxi to any Broadway play. I want a woman who is not afraid of bearing children, and who is able to rear them with a love for home and the soil, and the fear of God.

I want of government only protection against the violence and injustices of evil or selfish men.

I want to reach the sunset of life sound in body and mind, flanked by strong sons and grandsons, enjoying the friendship and respect of neighbors, surrounded by fertile fields and sleek cattle, and retaining my boyhood faith in Him who promised a life to come.

Where can I find this world? Would its anachronism doom it to ridicule or loneliness? Is there yet a place for such simple ways in my own America or must I seek a vale in [Chinese] Turkestan where peaceful flocks still graze the quiet hills?

Robert Welch explained at the founding meeting of The John Birch Society why he had chosen John as the namesake for the organization. He said, " …the young man I admire most of all those America has produced was a fundamentalist Baptist missionary named John Birch. My own obsession with this fight against the increasing forces of evil in the world, which … has caused me to give up business career and income and any prospect of ever having any peace or leisure again during my lifetime, is due in large part to my admiration for John Birch; to my feeling that I simply had to pick up and carry, to the utmost of my ability and energy, the torch of a humane righteousness which he was carrying so well and so faithfully when the Communists struck him down."

Robert Welch discussed the idea with John’s parents, and they agreed to grant permission.  They became Life Members of the Society.

To learn more of John Birch, read The Secret File on John Birch by James & Marti Hefley and The Life of John Birch by Robert Welch. Members can download The Life of John Birch for free.

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