While it’s easy to laughingly dismiss Tea Party fools with their silly hats and misspelled signs, this knowledgeable daughter of some of the founding members of the John Birch Society knows that their mega astro-turf movement is dangerous, growing, well-funded, powerful, and to blame for Washington’s corporatist gridlock.
This brave progressive’s name is Claire Conner, and she’s written a book called “Wrapped In The Flag” that the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party definitely do not want you to read.
From her website:
“Claire was twelve years old when her parents dove into the world of paranoid politics, a world dominated by the John Birch Society, an anti-Communist, anti-federal government movement. ‘We’re taking back the country’ was the Birch mantra.”
Claire’s parents were the first two Birch members in the entire city of Chicago. Her father, Stillwell J. Conner, became a National Council member and remained in top leadership for thirty-two years. Her mother was a partner in all things Birch.”
In her book, Conner rings the alarm about how the Republican Party has been thoroughly hijacked by a dangerous coalition of Tea Partiers, libertarians, corporate interests, gun-nuts, the religious far right; interests that, she argues, constitute a newly revamped John Birch Society.
Though her family were ultra-conservative John Birchers, Claire followed her conscience and found progressive politics and activism. We highly recommend her new book for those looking for insight on the radical rightward lurch of the modern day Republican party.
Please watch her timely “first-hand” warning (BELOW) and share it on social media forums so that it can be heeded by every liberal/progressive.