[Source] Note: This article is being published during the final month of Barack Obama’s administration; the impact of a Trump Presidency remains to be seen.
In 1985, I began my journalistic career writing for The New American magazine, house organ of The John Birch Society. (I am not a spokesperson for either entity, so my remarks here are my own.) The magazine was, and still is, a defender of the U.S. Constitution, an opponent of globalism, and a critic of the Federal Reserve and Council on Foreign Relations. In the pre-Internet era, it was one of those few journals to use the word “conspiracy” in connection with the U.S. government.
If anyone doubts this, check this 1983 clip of Georgia Congressman Lawrence McDonald, who had recently become the Birch Society’s chairman, as he fends off “conspiracy” ridicule by Tom Braden (CIA/CFR) on Crossfire, co-hosted by Pat Buchanan: