Michael van der Galien

CPAC and the John Birch Society

Posted on December 23 2009 2:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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The thing is, the only time people hear of the John Birch Society is when folks are dissing the right. I don’t even think about JBS when going about my business everyday. The group is essentially meaningless to me, except as a historical footnote. Its anticommunism was considered over the top (especially the claim the Eisenhower was commie), but leftists say the same thing about the right-wing today, when conservatives defend aggressive anti-terrorism policies (think John Yoo). Indeed, if Rachel Maddow’s going after the John Birch Society, along with Charles Johnson, I’m all the more inclined to give JBS the benefit of the doubt (and for proof of the point, check Gawker’s piece, “The ’60s Are Back! Birchers Sponsor Conservative Conference”). As it is, the administration’s declared all tea partiers as right-wing terrorists.

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