FBI files shed light on Ezra Taft Benson, Ike and the Birch Society
His letter to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was packed with political dynamite, so Ezra Taft Benson marked it ‚Äúpersonal-confidential.‚ÄĚ
Benson ‚ÄĒ the only man to serve in a presidential Cabinet and later lead a worldwide church, the Mormons ‚ÄĒ was attempting to convince Hoover that the John Birch Society was a clear-thinking anti-communist group. So he wrote how it had convinced him that a friend of theirs had been a tool of the worldwide communist conspiracy.
That friend was none other than former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, for whom Benson had served as secretary of Agriculture from beginning to end of his eight-year presidency.
‚ÄúIn my study of the [communist] conspiracy, which I am sure is weak compared with your own, the consequences of Mr. Eisenhower‚Äôs actions in dealing with the communists have been tragic,‚ÄĚ Benson wrote....
We ALL Know That The "JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY" Is Riddled & Shock-Full Of Roman-"Catholic"-Cultic VATICANISTS, Covert/Overt "JESUIT(IC)S", FREEMASONS & NWO GLOBALISTS-ILLUMINATISTS;
But, GET A LOAD OUT Of THE FOLLOWING:
"The CATO Institute arose from similar although not identical ideological extremeism. Its founding Patrons were Heirs Of The KOCH Industrial Clan Of Kansas, whose Patriarch FRED KOCH had been a charter member and financial backer of the Paranoid, Ultraright JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY (The SOCIETY'S Founder ROBERT WELCH Once Accused PRESIDENT EISENHOWER Of Being A COMMUNIST AGENT).
FRED'S Oldest Son CHARLES was attracted in his youth to the Fringe Politics of THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY, where he met ED CRANE, a PARTY Activist with a Larger Vision. Frustrated by Ineffectual THIRD-PARTY Antics, CRANE was Determined to Establish a NEW Think Tank that could achieve Respectability and Influence for LIBERTARIAN IDEAS. In 1976, CHARLES KOCH gave CRANE $500,000 in seed money to Create CATO.
Both HERITAGE and CATO now operate out of THEIR OWN Imposing WASHINGTON BUILDINGS, with MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR Budgets AND Hundreds Of Employees...HERITAGE Advocates TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS (HETERO-SEXUAL) MORALITY...CATO Favors (HOMO-)SEXUAL FREEDOM...Their VIEWS...CONVERGE ON ECONOMIC ISSUES." !
Not disagreeing with anything you said, Neil, I would be interested in more details about these slanders.
From a liberal site perhaps?
Political Research Associates i wrote: According to Welch, both the US and Soviet governments are controlled by the same furtive conspiratorial cabal of internationalists, greedy bankers, and corrupt politicians known as "the insiders". If left unexposed, the traitors inside the US government would betray the country's sovereignty to the United Nations for a collectivist new world order managed by a 'one-world socialist government.
Robert Welch, founder of the Society (whose conspiracy theorizing should sound familiar to anyone frequenting these forums), was a onetime Fundy Baptist who converted to Unitarianism. Yet the JBS website omits any information about his religious commitments.
I don't know what effect his beliefs had on JBS publications, but a history book of theirs which I perused repeats the usual slanders of the early Puritans.