Both John McCain and Sarah Palin have clear ties to the far right John Birch Society organization. McCain used to attend John Birch Society meetings in the Phoenix, Arizona area and is well known to local John Birch Society members in that area's chapter. And Sarah Palin has been featured in the John Birch Society publication, THE NEW AMERICAN Magazine before. Both McCain and Palin may even be full fledged dues paying members of the John Birch Society as well.
It is little wonder that both John McCain and Sarah Palin have also run a far right campaign that makes up absurd conspiracy theory smears such as the nutty Bill Ayers/terrorism conspiracy story simply because both Barack Obama and Ayers once served on the same school board.
What this half-baked conspiracy tale fails to mention is that others such as the very conservative editor of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, a newspaper that hasn't endorsed a Democrat in 150 years also served on the same same school board with Obama and Ayers at the time. That Chicago school board comprised a cross section of both conservatives and progressives, and was hardly any haven for radicals as the absurd McCain/Palin conspiracy lies falsely continue to claim.
However, like any true John Bircher, both McCain and Palin deal in half truth conspiracy theories while the Obama Campaign deals with real issues like the serious economic problems hitting the American economy. With their common connections to the John Birch Society, both John McCain and Sarah Palin are exactly the same extremist mindset of this organization which has a history of making up such misleading conspiracy attacks on many moderate political figures ever since it was started by political extremist founder Robert Welch in the 1950's at the height of "Red" scare paranoia.
John McCain's vote against the Martin Luther King Holiday was exactly from what you'd expect from anyone connected to an organization that that has always falsely claimed that King was a Communist for decades. And McCain's votes against civil rights legislation are exactly in line with Birch Society doctrines as well.
Palin was also once connected to the extremist separatist Alaska Independence Party and extremist founder Mark Chyrson. During her Republican Convention Vice Presidential Acceptance Speech, no one in the popular media bothered to research the fact that Palin made a quote from racist and fascist leaning political extremist, Westbrook Pegler, about American small towns. The quote, which was, "We grow good people people in small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity" seemed harmless enough. But what Palin didn't quote was the more typical remarks of Pegler which often compared Jews to "geese" or his 1965 quote which encouraged the assassination of Robert Kennedy, when he proclaimed that, "some White patriot of the Southern tier will spatter his spoonful of brains in public premises before the snow flies".
Quoting such an extremist tells anyone volumes about the sort of reading material that Palin enjoys. Little doubt THE TURNER DIARIES and other right wing extremist works find residence in the Palin family library. Palin is no, "aw schucks" mainstream small town politician by any means. She's as extremist as they come.
One common place for many John Birch Society chapters to recruit new members is at gun shows. Their radical anti-government political philosophy has a real appeal to right wing political extremists who frequent gun shows and sometimes hoard guns or build bombs preparing for claimed future antigovernment wars, race wars, domestic terrorism or other crazed reasons.
And the McCain family background has no doubt primed McCain to be sympathetic to such right wing guns and bombs political extremism. John McCain's family roots go back to a Caroll County Mississippi, where McCain's great grandfather, William Alexander McCain owned 52 slaves and died fighting for the confederate Army against the United States Government Army. For many generations, far right politics, racism, and military service has been in the bloodline of McCain family. But John McCain masks this record for the most part, only playing up the military service portion, quieting down the slave ownership and centuries of racism and right wing political extremism.
A new poll from ABC News finds that many Americans now view McCain as a risky choice for president. Certainly he is. Our nation cannot afford a president and vice president both closely tied to a far right organization like the John Birch Society or in other ways connected with other anti-government extremists or even those who advocated for the assassination of RFK or other lawless acts of violence. Both McCain and Palin are political extremists, closely connected to political extremists and organizations, give political extremist speeches, and attract political extremist audiences. These are not the sort of people who should lead America now or ever.
Both McCain and Palin deserve to lose the election for the common good of America.
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