* how many of you are familiar with the John Birch Society
* how many of you remember the J.B.S. from the 1960s with respect
* how many of you think the J.B.S. was a good organization in its day, but it went too far
* how many of you didn't like the J.B.S. and were hoping it had fallen apart by now
* how many of you don't remember the J.B.S. at all
Please enlighten me about this. If the comment space doesn't work for you, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Fair disclosure: I learned to read after the "Communist" scare of the 1950s was fairly well over; by that time J.B.S. literature was part of my father's minority-opinions collection, so I did grow up with some of their classics like None Dare Call It Treason. It's interesting to reread those books now. As with all timely and topical literature, after a certain amount of time has passed, one can laugh at the mistaken guesses and marvel at the ones that were right on target...)
Anyway, the John Birch Society still exists...online! Apparently some of the younger "Birchers" from the 1960s are still active, and a new generation are keeping their ideals and memories alive. You can support U.S. HR 75 through their web site as well as through Popvox. From an e-mail forwarded by Karen Bracken:
It's High Time to 'Get US out!' of the UN
Fifty years of JBS warnings about the UN are coming true.
At the founding meeting of The John Birch Society in 1958, Robert Welch warned of a plan by our political elites to surrender American sovereignty to international organizations, such as the United Nations:
A part of that plan, of course, is to induce the gradual surrender of American sovereignty, piece by piece and step by step, to various international organizations -- of which the United Nations is the outstanding but far from the only example....
Just a few years later the JBS established its signature action project, "Get US out! of the United Nations," with the longrange goal of creating sufficient understanding about the UN to enable congressional action to end our membership in the UN.
Now fast-forward to the present. On May 28, CQ News reported that "Former Sen. John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of State has given supporters of the Law of the Sea treaty hope that he will revive a longstanding campaign for ratification...."
This is the United Nations Law of the Sea treaty (LOST) that the UN described in 2007, saying LOST's "scope is vast: it covers all ocean space, with all its uses, including navigation and overflight; all uses of its resources, living and non-living, on the high seas, on the ocean floor and beneath, on the continental shelf and in the territorial seas.... The Convention is widely recognized by the international community as the legal framework within which all activities in the oceans and the seas must be carried out."
In other words the UN is saying that the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea which administers LOST would have authority over everything, everything, over, on, and under the oceans and seas of the world. If you don't agree with restricting the independence of the United States to this degree, then you're a good candidate for joining in the Get US out! project.
The JBS has recently produced an excellent new tool for convincing others that it's time to end our membership in the UN, a booklet entitled America and the United Nations.
Of course, there are many other good reasons to Get US out! There's the new Obama-backed UN Arms Trade Treaty that was designed to disarm American citizens, and that will likely be presented for ratification by the Senate sometime soon.
There's also the UN's Agenda 21, which large numbers of Americans have become alarmed about during the past couple years. Agenda 21 provides a platform for the eventual total government control over our entire material existence, all in the pursuit of the UN's definition of "sustainable development."