When chatting with Arthur Thompson last week, some questions were asked concerning his choice of The John Birch Society as a place of employment as well as his hopes for the company. We thought sharing his answers with you would help to provide a little inside perspective on who he is and possibly some inspiration about the future of our country and becoming active!
When asked why he chose The John Birch Society and why exactly he became a member, Mr. Thompson answered, “I found in it the only practical means by which we can save our constitution and the independence of the American people. Initially, I was anti-communist; I understood the dangers of communism but not necessarily the dangers of collectivism in all of its forms. It wasn’t until I became a member of The John Birch Society and learned of the dangers of collectivism from the wisdom of Robert Welch. I remained a member and wanted to become a member of the staff of the Society to be able to more effectively fight what was happening to our country. I realized only The John Birch Society due to its mission, structure, and dedication, could save this country. After looking at a broad cross-section of other organizations that ostensibly had the same solution in mind, all fell short of understanding both the depth and breadth of the problem and solution.”
By virtue of his membership in the society since May of 1964, Mr. Thompson has seen many victories as well as faced many obstacles. When asked what his goals were for the company in the future he answered, “To grow to a size capable of defeating the forces that endanger the liberty of not only the American people, but the world.” Finally, when asked in a joking manner any plans for retirement he said “That’s up to God…and the board of directors.”
Becoming a member in 1964 and now the Chief Executive Officer of the Society, Mr. Thompson serves as an inspiration to aspiring activists. We are at the cutting edge of liberty and tyranny and now would be the most prominent time to get active. View his weekly videos for education you will not find anywhere else. His videos can be found at The John Birch Society’s website or The John Birch Society’s channel on YouTube.
Working at The John Birch Society headquarters in Appleton Wisconsin, each staff member arrives at work every morning knowing they are fulfilling their responsibility to uphold the Constitution. When chatting with Larry Greenley, director of missions here at headquarters, he explained his reasoning for working here relevant to the Constitution; “Pretty much all of my work here at JBS revolves around the Constitution. We fully support the Constitution as originally intended by the Founders. One of our major goals is to create sufficient understanding among the voters to enable the election of a constitutionalist majority to both houses of Congress, and ultimately the election of a constitutionalist to the presidency.”
To secure our unalienable rights, the U.S. Constitution was adopted in 1787 by our founding fathers. Otherwise known as the supreme law of the land, the U.S. Constitution originally consisted of seven Articles. Once recognized as the quintessence of liberty, today it is viewed as a hindrance to the greater agenda of the establishment elites.
In order to gain control over mankind, it is essential to destroy freedom. The members of each successive generation have been losing their individual rights, yet the widespread indoctrination is so clever, that the average person is completely unaware. Starting with the act of abortion and finishing with discrimination against elders, at each stage of our lives we are incrementally being stripped of our liberties.
In the last two weeks, the first, second, and fourth Amendments have been put at great risk by the government. Whether focusing on freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, or requirements for search warrants, it cannot be denied that we have to wage a constant battle to uphold our Constitution.
When presenting a problem such as this, it is fashionable to provide a solution. How important it is to know your Constitution and your individual rights cannot be stressed enough. The only way to defend yourself is to know exactly what you are defending.
Take some time to review and understand The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America. Coming soon, a more in-depth reading will be provided looking directly at the topic of republics versus democracies as well as how our Constitution established a republic and not a democracy.
The preeminent gift one can give to oneself is knowledge. Recognized as the theoretical comprehension of a subject, knowledge can be characterized as the accumulation of information and enhancement of skills obtained through discipline.
Knowledge is not currently seen as a dominant form of power; it is viewed as being insubstantial. Power is generally seen as having money, dominance, or influence on society. Not only has this false conception on the part of the American public enabled drastic advances in power by the establishment elites, but the thought that knowledge is insubstantial has also enabled the dumbing down of America by the education elites. Granted, with our current and past administration, knowledge of how the establishment elites are transforming our nation does leave those people who understand what’s happening more vulnerable. However, that does not justify settling for ignorance.
Today, the progressives’ agenda for transforming this country is of high concern. While some are unaware of the agenda, most are unknowingly indoctrinated in it. In general, some are working to resist the agenda while others are trying to advance it. Throughout these chaotic times, each individual has not only the opportunity, but the right to enhance their self-worth through knowledge.
It is necessary to sharpen your sword in order to win the battle; the more knowledge obtained, the more successful each individual will be in exposing the truth and fixing the current problems the establishment elites present us with. In the coming days, you will find blogs posted here pertaining to the founding and history of the United States. The information provided will discuss both history and the more current affairs in our country.
Without further ado, below you will find the Overview of America, a video produced by The John Birch Society, focusing on the freedom and prosperity of America. Throughout the video, different forms of government are discussed and explained in a simple fashion. The economic principles underlying the different forms of government are also explained. The video will show how our country is unique and how the founding fathers designed the country to give each individual the most freedom possible.
The Overview of America video presentation is derived from The Overview of the World, a filmstrip presentation that John McManus produced for The John Birch Society in 1972. This filmstrip dealt with political systems, economic systems and fighting the conspiracy. While The Overview of The World was quite detailed and lengthy, the much shorter Overview of America is being widely used as an educational tool offering a more broad understanding of the various governmental systems and their corresponding economies. Viewed by over 8 million people, Overview of America has been one of the most successful learning tools The John Birch Society has. Cathy Spoehr, the director of media at The John Birch Society, played a huge role in the production of the Overview of America video. Very excited about the finished product, Cathy mentioned her department will be working on part 2 in the near future! When discussing the production of the next part, Cathy said “I think it will be a very good educational piece.” The second part will be a “direct look at America’s history and how far we have strayed from the principles of our founding fathers.”
Tom Riley is yet another intern working with The John Birch Society for the summer of 2013. A rising senior in college, Tom has chosen to center his attention on digital cinema. Tom’s area of expertise is shooting and editing motion pictures. While hoping to one day prepare documentaries, Tom is presently archiving old footage of the company itself. Digitizing the old archives makes it possible for us to regain knowledge of older speeches and videos once produced. When asking Tom what his goals were for The John Birch Society and himself, he answered “to further promote The John Birch Society media wise.” Furthering his explanation, he stressed the importance of educating the general public particularly through different types of media.
This interview and accumulation of knowledge about Tom Riley leads us into the topic of our next blog, “Sharpening your Sword.” While we stressed the lack of exceptional education among young scholars in the previous blog, Tom had also articulated his hope for the education of the general public to be broadened through different types of media. It is of the utmost importance for each individual to understand the power of knowledge and education and apply it to their everyday lives.
A number of interns just arrived at the JBS headquarters after finishing school for the summer. One of the interns is Mary Elise Dugan. We’ve asked her to write a little about herself and her family link to the founder of JBS, Robert Welch:
“While interning with the John Birch Society for the summer of 2013, I will be providing numerous informational blogs. But before we get cracking on the latest, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mary Elise Dugan. I am a sophomore in college burying myself in political science, economics, business and neuroscience. In all my spare time, I do extensive research on the happenings of the world.
While we all know college in itself is a whole different world, you may ask yourself how I am a Bircher and how as a sophomore in college, I am so concerned with the future of this country. Well… I can answer the first question more easily. I was born and raised a Bircher; Robert Welch Jr. was my great-grandfather! No family pressure or anything like that. On a serious note though, yes, I am his great-granddaughter. I specifically remember dinner conversations when I was younger about the John Birch Society! Yet throughout my education, the New American magazine and the Issues page on the John Birch Society website were crucial for my research in classes such as environmental science and macroeconomics. So naturally, I guess I answered the second question too!
Just from reading the website and following the magazine, anyone would rightfully be concerned about the future of this country. Yet, I am also concerned with the lack of concern and action among college students. While on campuses, College Republicans and College Democrats clubs are offered, it is hard for scholars to apprehend the true occurrences of this country. My main goal for this summer is to reach out to students on college campuses and help educate them and spread the message the John Birch Society has to offer!! My generation is the next to embrace society; consequently, with a source of actuality, we will be more than prepared to act accordingly. I immensely appreciate the support I have been given so far, and I look forward to keeping you updated throughout this summer!
Forever keep in mind ‘Less government, more responsibility, and –with God’s help—a better world.’”