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Friday, September 03 2010 11:55 Written by Bill Hahn

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John Birch Society President to Hold Class at 2010 March on DC
John McManus will teach Dollars & $ense, Solutions to the Economic Meltdown

APPLETON, WIS.—September 3, 2010—John McManus, President of The John Birch Society, will be teaching a class on sound money during the first day of the 2010 March on DC that runs September 9-12. “Dollars & $ense, Solutions for the Economic Meltdown” will be presented on Thursday, September 9, 11:00-11:50 AM., at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.

The John Birch Society has been educating people on the merits of sound money since its inception. Sound money takes away the power to inflate and manage money, something that can be handled by the free market. Money management by the Federal Reserve has brought down the value of the dollar by 95 percent, since its creation. This mismanagement has led to severe market swings, the literal thievery of money through inflation and the creation of money out of thin air.

On the converse, sound money keeps its value, cannot be easily inflated and has led to economic prosperity. “When money is a commodity chosen by the marketplace, money manipulators cannot succeed in saddling a populace with inflation and debt, stealing their wealth in the process,” said McManus. “America’s Founding Fathers had their experience with inflation that almost destroyed the nation as it was being created. They emphatically sought to block it from ever again occurring again via the U.S. Constitution.”

Those attending “Dollars & $ense” will have the opportunity to purchase books and DVDs written by McManus. He will also participate in book signings at Author’s Row during the event.

McManus is the President of The John Birch Society, publisher of The New American magazine, publisher of the JBS Bulletin and author of several books, including “Financial Terrorism: Hijacking America Under the Threat of Bankruptcy” (1993). Before joining the Society’s staff in the 1960s, he served on active duty as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The 2010 March on DC is not just a rally, rather it is four days of freedom-promoting events that aims to educate, inform and inspire all who attend. The March on DC and associated events are grassroots—the leadership consists of members from some of the country’s largest independent conservative-minded organizations. All those involved in the planning of this event are non-partisan volunteers who share the common goal of unifying constitutional patriots to preserve liberty and the Constitutional principles upon which this nation was founded. This is an event of the people, by the people and for the people—it is We the People United in Action.

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, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit JBS.org for more information.

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Wednesday, October 28 2009 11:04 Written by Bill Hahn
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JBS President John F. McManus now contributor to The Big Question at "The Hill"

"Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today."

altAPPLETON, WIS.—October 28, 2009—JBS President John F. McManus accepted an invitation to regularly contribute to The Big Question, posted by "The Hill" in its Congress Blog. McManus has answered a number of the questions within the last couple of weeks (most recent).
 
The blog states this of its Big Question contributors: "Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer their insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today."
 
Contributors are not required to answer every question, rather to answer when the topic interests them.
 
Readers will gain valuable insight from McManus' Constitutional perspective.
 
"The Hill" has served members of Congress since 1994, by covering the inner workings of Congress, as well provides nonpartisan, non-ideological, investigative and news-breaking editorial.
 
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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Tuesday, October 27 2009 16:08 Written by Bill Hahn

Listen to JBS CEO Art Thompson's interview on Point of View, based out of Dallas, TX, a two-hour, issues-oriented live talk radio program heard daily nationwide, Wednesday, November 11: 2:00-3:00 pm (CT).

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Tuesday, October 27 2009 15:27 Written by Bill Hahn

Listen to JBS CEO Art Thompson's interview on The Roth Show, nationally syndicated on the IRN-USA Radio Network. The interview will be Tuesday, November 3: 7:00-8:00 pm (CT).

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Tuesday, October 27 2009 15:27 Written by Bill Hahn

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Friday, September 11 2009 14:45 Written by Bill Hahn

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Can you answer 24 questions about the Constitution?
Celebrate Our Beloved Constitution, Sept. 17, Constitution Day

Appleton, Wis.—In an era when countries around the world are rewriting their constitutions, the U.S. Constitution still stands strong after being written 220 years ago. This testament to American freedom is understood as being the framework of our government, but how many Americans can say they know what the Constitution contains other than the Bill of Rights?

John F. McManus has studied and defended the Constitution for more than 40 years. He regularly speaks about the document and associated threats to it to groups throughout the country.  He is also in high demand as a guest for talk radio. He has written and narrated a dynamically presented DVD explaining the basis of American government called "Overview of America."

McManus offers the following Constitution quiz to help citizens realize there is more to the Constitution than the Bill of Rights. Do you know which branch of Congress originates all bills for raising revenue?  See question 21 of the quiz.

McManus is the President of The John Birch Society, publisher of The New American magazine, publisher of the JBS Bulletin and author of several books. He served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and has been with The John Birch Society since 1966.

Since 1958, The John Birch Society, headquartered in Appleton, Wis., has been 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 levels. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, plus a sense of duty, members have played a continuous, 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 and see why The John Birch Society continues to fulfill its founder's vision of less government, more responsibility, and — with God's help — a better world.

 

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24 Constitutional Questions Every American Should be Able to Answer

 Adapted from “A Quiz About the U.S. Constitution”
By John F. McManus
 
1.          Q: Has the Constitution always guided the country?
2.          Q: Does the Constitution allow the Supreme Court to make law? 
3.          Q: Does the Constitution allow the President to make law?
4.          Q: Does the Constitution give the federal government any power in the field of education?
5.          Q: Where in the Constitution is there authorization for foreign aid?
6.          Q: What are the three branches of government named in the Constitution? 
7.          Q: Does the Constitution require a minimum age requirement for a Senator?
8.          Q: What are the Constitutional requirements for a person to be President? 
9.          Q: Did the Constitution give the federal government power to create a bank? 
10.      Q: Can treaty law supersede the Constitution? 
11.      Q: Does the Constitution allow a President alone to take the nation to war?
12.      Q: Are there any specific crimes mentioned in the Constitution? 
13.      Q: Are the Bill of Rights considered part of the original Constitution?
14.      Q: According to the Constitution, how can a President and other national officials be removed from office?
15.      Q: What authority does the Constitution give the Vice President?
16.      Q: How many amendments to the Constitution are there? 
17.      Q: Does the Constitution say anything about illegal immigration?
18.      Q: Does the Constitution tell us how new states are added to the union?
19.      Q: How is an amendment to the Constitution added?
20.      Q: Is the term of a President limited by the Constitution?
21.      Q: Which part of Congress is designated by the Constitution as having the “power of the purse?”
22.      Q: How does the Constitution explain expelling an elected member of the House or Senate?
23.      Q: What does the Constitution say about financing a military arm?
24.       Q: How many times is the word democracy mentioned in the Constitution?
 
Answers:
1. Q: Has the Constitution always guided the country?
A: No, originally the nation functioned under the Continental Congress and the Articles of Confederation. But after 11 years under the Articles, the U.S. Constitution was written, agreed to, and ratified by nine states (all eventually ratified but only nine were needed to have it take effect). On September 13, 1788, the Continental Congress proclaimed that the Constitution had been properly ratified and it ordered the new government to convene on March 4, 1789.
 
2. Q: Does the Constitution allow the Supreme Court to make law? 
A: No. The beginning of Article I states, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Any Supreme Court decision is the law of the case and it binds only the plaintiff and the defendant. The meaning of the word “all” has not been changed.
 
3. Q: Does the Constitution allow the President to make law?
A: No. Executive Orders issued by the President that bind the entire nation are illicit because, as noted above, “All legislative powers” reside in Congress. An Executive Order that binds only the employees of the federal government is proper because the President should be considered to hold power much like the CEO of a corporation who can issue rules to his employees. But the entire nation is not in the employ of the President. The President does have a role in lawmaking with his possession of a veto. He can veto a measure produced by Congress (which can still be overturned), sign a law produced by Congress, or simply allow a measure to become law by doing nothing within ten days “Sundays excepted.”
 
4. Q: Does the Constitution give the federal government any power in the field of education?
A: No, none.
 
5. Q: Where in the Constitution is there authorization for foreign aid?
A: Nowhere is there such authorization.
 
6. Q: What are the three branches of government named in the Constitution?
A: Legislative, Executive and Judicial.
 
7. Q: Does the Constitution require a minimum age requirement for a Senator?
A: Yes. One must be 30 years old.
 
8. Q: What are the Constitutional requirements for a person to be President? 
A: A President must be a natural born citizen (not an immigrant who became a citizen), must be 35 years of age, and must have lived in the U.S. at least 14 years.
 
9. Q: Did the Constitution give the federal government power to create a bank? 
A: No. It was given power to “coin money,” meaning the power to establish a mint where precious metal could be shaped into coinage of a fixed size, weight and purity.
 
10. Q: Can treaty law supersede the Constitution? 
A: No.
 
11. Q: Does the Constitution allow a President alone to take the nation to war?
A: Absolutely not. The Constitution states very clearly that only Congress has power to take the nation into war.
 
12. Q: Are there any specific crimes mentioned in the Constitution? 
A: Yes: treason, bribery, counterfeiting, and piracy.
 
13. Q: Are the Bill of Rights considered part of the original Constitution?
A: Many do hold that view because if the promise to add the Bill of Rights had not been made, some of the states would not have ratified the Constitution and it might not have become the “Supreme Law of the Land.”
 
14. Q: According to the Constitution, how can a President and other national officials be removed from office?
A: They can be impeached by a majority in the House and tried by the Senate. Impeachment is not removal; it should be considered only as an indictment to be followed by a trial. Two-thirds of the senators “present” must approve removal at a subsequent trial or the person who has been impeached by the House shall not be removed.
 
15. Q: What authority does the Constitution give the Vice President?
A: The Vice President stands ready to take office if a President dies or becomes incapacitated.  He is also President of the Senate and has the power to break a tie if one comes before it.
 
16. Q: How many amendments to the Constitution are there? 
A: There are 27. The first ten can be considered part of the original Constitution. And Amendment 18 was repealed by Amendment 21, which means that in 220 years, there have been only 15 amendments. Amending the Constitution is a difficult process, made so by the Founders to keep anything silly or dangerous from being added in the heat of passion.
 
17. Q: Does the Constitution say anything about illegal immigration?
A: Not directly. But Article IV, Section 4 assigns to the federal government the duty to “protect each of them [the states] against invasion.” Note that it does not stipulate that an invasion be done militarily.
 
18. Q: Does the Constitution tell us how new states are added to the union?
A: Yes, Congress has the power to do so with a majority vote in each of its houses. It used its power, most recently, to welcome Alaska and Hawaii as the 49th and 50th states.
 
19. Q: How is an amendment to the Constitution added?
A: Congress can propose an amendment when two-thirds of both Houses vote to do so. It must then be ratified by either the legislature or convention in three-quarters of the states. Amendments can also be proposed by a constitutional convention called by two-thirds of the states. Any amendment arising from a constitutional convention must also be ratified by either the legislatures or conventions in three-quarters of the states.
 
20. Q: Is the term of a President limited by the Constitution?
A: Yes. In 1951, the Constitution was amended (Amendment 22) to limit anyone to two terms as President. The only President who served longer was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who served into a fourth term, but died in April 1945 shortly after the beginning his 13th year in office.
 
21. Q: Which part of Congress is designated by the Constitution as having the “power of the purse?”
A: Article I, Section 7 states: “All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives…” If a majority in the House (218 is a majority of its 435 members) refuses to originate a bill to raise revenue for any purpose, no funds can be raised, until it passes.
 
22.Q: How does the Constitution explain expelling an elected member of the House or Senate?
A: Two-thirds of either the House or the Senate can expel one of its members for cause even though he or she has been elected by voters.
 
23. Q: What does the Constitution say about financing a military arm?
A: Article I, Section 8 says that the Congress can raise an army but “no appropriation of money” to fund it shall be for longer than two years. The same Article says Congress can provide for a navy without that same restriction regarding funding. Why? The men who wrote the Constitution feared the possibility that a standing army housed within the territory of the nation might arise and seek to take power. But they did not fear that a navy would try to do that because a navy and its weaponry did not reside within the nation, only at sea or coastal seaports.
 
24. Q: How many times is the word democracy mentioned in the Constitution?
A: None. America is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy. A Democracy ruled by the majority can be persuaded to take away freedoms and property.  Under a Constitutional Republic, such power does not exist.

 

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Wednesday, August 26 2009 11:22 Written by 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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Friday, August 07 2009 10:33 Written by Bill Hahn

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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.

Friday, July 24 2009 13:56 Written by Bill Hahn

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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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Friday, March 20 2009 08:39 Written by Bill Hahn

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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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Thursday, June 25 2009 23:18 Written by Bill Hahn

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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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