Naomi Litvin: The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE: Part 3

This is Part 3 of my series: The John Birch Society. Click the links below to read my previous posts.

The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE: Part 1
The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE: Part 2


I was frustrated and also a little worried about Part 3 of this John Birch Society series. The whole subject was starting to sound old and boring, with CPAC grinding along. I was monitoring tweets in two search columns on Tweedeck: one was John Birch Society, and the other was CPAC. All I was getting was hysterical tweets from lefty baby boomers who had suddenly sobered up and realized that the JBS has co-sponsored the conservative's CPAC convention. Seeing Rachel Maddow shmoozing it up at the John Birch Society Booth only revealed a few silly items, like JBS had a nice shiny booth and Rachel was acting like an idiot.

I had been reading books about the John Birch Society from 'special order' at the library. They were interesting, albeit pretty musty smelling, and chock full of Bircher material from the 1960's. I needed something fresh, something to get my juices flowing, something that I could get some shock and awe out of. Nothing much was happening. Yes, Glenn Beck likes the JBS. And yes, Ron Paul won the straw vote and he is a JBS man, too. Nothing much was jumping out at me, if you know what I mean.

Naomi Litvin: The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE: Part 2

This is Part 2 and the continuation of
The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE: Part 1 
The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE Part 3

Sarah Leah Lawent had something to share about the subject of The John Birch Society in the USA. This is what she said: 
"I remember in the late '60s and early '70s, in Connecticut, there was a 1-800 number you could dial that was hosted by The John Birch Society (and also connected to the DAR).  We used to call it the dial-a-hate number, because it spoke of the Socialist/Communist conspiracies, supported by the Jewish Zionists, Negroes, and other enemies of the free, white, Christian values that America was based upon.  It was shocking, and as teenagers, we just couldn't believe anyone would really take this drivel seriously.  Then we discovered that Welch's - the Welch's that put jelly on our PBJ's we had taken to school all those years - was a major player in this.  Needless to say, I switched brands."
 Peddlers of fear: The John Birch Society
"...it would be folly to laugh off the danger to democracy represented by the John Birch Society. There are clear differences, of course. But there are also remarkable similarities between the early Nazi movement to Germany and the John Birch Society in the United States..."- Milton A. Waldor

Naomi Litvin: The John Birch Society: SPIN CYCLE: Part 1

Ever since I interviewed and posted my January 23rd Paul Brenner: Exposed - Conversations With Naomi, something has been nagging away at me. A little voice in my head keeps saying 'John Birch Society.'

I remember as a small child hearing the adults whispering about the John Birch Society. In those days, in the Detroit suburbs, grown-ups had dreams of being accepted into country clubs and if you were Jewish, and you drew too much attention to your community it could affect your chances of getting in. There weren't too many that you could join. I have just asked my mom if she remembered the John Birch Society, and she said "achhhh."

Naomi Litvin: Psst! Image by Phil Frank


Phil Frank was the creator of "Farley", the classic comic strip in the San Francisco Chronicle. Phil's daughter Stacy Frank, has granted me permission to use Psst!, one of Phil Frank's creations, which I am using as a caricature of myself for this blog and also on Twitter, as my avatar.