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Ал Informal Review Belmont 78. Massachusetts 


September 23, 1958 





Mr. Thomas J. Anderson 
с/о Farm and Ranch 

318 Murfreesboro Road 
Nashville 10, Tennessee 


Dear Mr. Anderson: 


On the strong recommendation of both Bob Snowden and A. G. 
Heinsohn, Jr., who are good friends of yours as they are of 
myself, Iam sending you under separate cover today, by 
registered first-class mail, return receipt requested, an ex- 
tremely confidential manuscript. It is intended for your eyes 
only. 


There is no thought of publication of this document, or of any- 
thing resembling it, in the foreseeable future. But Iam put- 
ting it in the hands of a limited number of good friends and 
outstanding patriots, who can be depended on to treat it with 
the confidence requested, and to use reasonable precaution to 
safeguard the manuscript while it is in their possession. And 
I do believe it will give even so well informed a man as your- 
self a certain amount of additional insight into some aspects 
of the conspiracy which we face. 


RW:eml Robert Welch 





With all good wishes, I am 


R.& SNOWDEN 
соттон EXCHANGE sLILDING 
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE 


September 24, 1958 


Mr, Tom Anderson 


Farm & Ranch Magazine i eim 
Nashville, Tenness m н, 





Dear Tom, 


You will receive from Bob Welch, a friend of mine in 
Belmont, Massachusetts, а copy of a very, very confidential manu- 
script entitled "me Politicia А. С. Heinsohn and I decided 
that you should read it, not with any idea that one word of it 
shall be published, and пос with any idea chat you should in any 


way divulge its contents to anyone, It's only for your eyes. 


Heinie and I know that we can depend оп you for absolute 
secrecy in this regard, and protection of the author and the соп- 
tents. 





Let me say that it is not pleasant reading. 


The author has no intention of publishing this manu- 
script, but I would be vary much pleased if you would phone me 
when you have finished it and let me know what you think of it. 


Bob Welch, as you probably recognize, is thepublisher 
of American Opinion which is a monthly, going to about four to five 
thousand people a month, Much of what he publishes could be help- 
ful to you, I believe. ТЕ оп occasion you can multiply rhrougA your 
Magazine some of his productions, it would be greatly appreciated. 


Best wishe: 


fee 


R. B. Snowden 





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Copy to Mr. Welch 





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written ty Robert H. W Walch, dr.» of Bobert A. Welsh Sandy Os., Cambridge, Mass., 
which she ebtained from the author for the 108th CIC Group. 


Robert H. W. Welch, Jr., (the author of "The Politician"), is the son of Robert 


Robert H. W. Welch is reputed to be а right-wing Republican who has written 
for the conservative portion of the Republican Party. His writings, prier to 
"The Politician" have mt been subversive, though extremely anti-commnist and 
anti-Democratic Adminstration. 





Robert H. W. Welch, Jr., attended University of North Carolina, United States 
Naval Academy апі Harvard Law School. He placed second in the race for nominstion 
for Lt Governor of Massachusetts on the Republican Party Ticket in 1950. 





Robert E. W. Welch, Jr., is variously listed as Vice President and as President 
of the Robert A. Welch Candy Co., founded by Robert A. Welch, his father. 


Robert E. W. Welch, Jr., has written the following: 


The Life of John Birch - 195l (Published by Henry Regnery Co., Chicago. 
Library of Congress Cat Card F 51-12105). 2 


May God Forgive Us - 1952 
and is the publisher of American Opinion. 


Robert H. W. Welch, Jr., has the reputation in Massachusetts as an out-spoken 
anti-Commnist. His work "May God Forgive Us" is strongly critical of the 





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Morrissey first tecame acquainted with Robert jelchj; 
during the ridite of 2557 when she requested а copy of-his book "May God Forgive Гв 
Since thet time she as had sporadis social cortact with Robert В. M. Welch, Jre, 
sponses with hir atcct once а orth, durin: which time she sent him 
various nevscarer iters. Durinr the period of contact and correspondence, Special! 
Morrissey vas а civilian, harine been deríed reenlistzert in the Army yhich she; 
felt was persect‘ion fcr her revertine of security vicletions she had Gbsérved in 
Devertrent of Arar ^3. Welch apparently felt that Specialist Morrissey would 

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Master Specialist Morrissey was assigned to горе (specific organisation ъс { 
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As an ‘evaluation of the motives of Robert М. P. Welch, Jr., in writing "The 
Politician" and distributinr it, it is felt that he is a Republican of the extreme: 
Rieht-Wine of the party who has become pro-ressively more and more disillusioned 
by the post-World War I7 soft attitude of the United States tovard International 
Commonism ard who has been frustrated by the preponderance of Moderate Republicans 
in the present Administration, His feelinz thet Fresident Eisenhower has deviated 
to the Left has осу ancarently grown to the point where he accuses the President 
of actively furtnerinr Comunisr ani its air: 














An attack such as this one on the Thief Fxecttive of the United States of 
America can orlv favor those elements c^ society who oppose the democratic process: 


which we elect Presidents, and, as such, aids the cause of International Commun: 











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An Informal Review Belmont 78. Massachusetts 


February 25, 1959 ға 





Mr, 2. W. Сізе 

7. №. Clise k Company 
2107 North 34th Street 
Seattle 3, Washington 


Dear Mr. Clise: 


Many thanks for sending me copy of your letter to our friend, B. E. Hutch- 
inson. 


With regard to the friends of your own whom you would like to have read 

the manuscript of THE POLITICIAN, and who can be depended on, you 

believe, to treat it with the confidence requested, there is a special pro- 
| cedure which we prefer to follow. 


Н you will give us the names and addresses of these friends, we shall mail 
each of them a copy of the manuscript directly from here, but with a cover- 
ing letter stating that this is done at your request. This arrangement not 
only gives each me sufficient time to read and digest the material, without 
feeling hurried to return the copy to you; but it stresses the confidential 
nature of the manuscript far more than allowing it to be passed from hand 
to hand. 


Our rather extreme precautions with regard to this document are not due 
to any worry on my part as to what might happen to myself. My neck is 
already stuck out so far that another few inches or few feet would make 

little difference, But many of my best informed friends feel that having 

the manuscript get into the wrong hands at the present time might do far 
more damage than good to the whole anti-Communist cause; whereas, by 
distributi ly and quietly to quite a lim! ng- 
Ty Patrioti mation in this document becomes a 

ba, d to their own thinking on which their own actions are determined, 
it can do consi jo we dg ask you to be quite careful in the ] 























selection of friends to whom you want the document to go; but then shall un- 
doubtedly willing to be guided by your judgment, on receiving the list. 


Sincerely, 


atr e 


RW:mip Robert Welch 


An Informal Review Belmont 78. Massachusetts 


October 12, 1959 





Mz. J. W. Clise 
13644 Main Street 
Bellevue, Washington 


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Dear Jim: 


Please pardon the delay in this reply to your very kind letters of Ос- 
tober land October.2. There is no letup in the urgency or the quan- 


tity of the pressures on my time, 








Because of these pressures, and too many specific commitments, I 
do not dare schedule any of my two-day top-level meetings, for con- 
secutive week-ends in New York and Chicago, as I had been doing, dur- 
ing the next couple of months. Things are simply moving too fast for 
me on every front. And yet I certainly need the active and early sup- 
port of such men as those you list in your letters. 


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Under the circumstances, therefore, it seems to me that it might be 
best for me to send each of them a copy of the Blue Book of The John 
Birch Society. The presentation when read ip print is not nearly as ef- 
fective as when delivered orally, but it does tell the story of what we 
are trying to do, and how, and why. So let me make a suggestion, for 


your approval or disapproval. 


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Fred Clark has been to one of my meetings, and intends to get a chapter 
of The John Birch Society started, with a friend of his as Chapter Leader. 
Charles Edison has been a good friend of mine for a long time, and has 
tried to come to two of my meetings, but his doctor absolutely refused 
to let him sit through two days of listening, because his hearing trouble 
has become so bad now that the strain would actually make him sick 
otherwise. So І am sending him a copy of the Blue Book anyway, if it 
has not already gone out, as the only way he will ever have a chance to 
learn the story. “Dr. Magnus I. Gregersen is a good friend of mine, even 
though by mail, who has read THE POLITICIAN, and to whom the Blue 
Book either already has gone or will be going in the next day or two. And 
there are one or two others on your list whom we can skip, for one rea- 
son or another. But how would you feel about writing a personal note to 
each of the others, saying that the Blue Book is being sent at your sug- 
gestion, and urging the recipient to give it careful attention? This would 
certainly Бе a help, is about the best I can do to reach such good prospect- 
ive supporters right away and effectively, and would be much appreciated. 
If you think well of the idea, the people to whom you should write аге; 
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Padelford 
Admiral and Mrs. Milo Dracund 


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Mr, Joe Hilley 
„Mr. Larry Venard 
Mr. О. D. Colvin 
Rev, Alexander St. Ivanyi 
Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCullis 
Мг. and Mrs. Charles Goi 
= Мг. Henry Hazlett М 
Dean Benjamin Rogge 
Dr. George E. Zeigler 
— Professor Milton Freidman 
— Мг. Philip McKenna 
Mr. Henry W. Collins 





Also, since your handwriting is not a lot better than my own, and in 
order to make sure that we have complete addresses as well as read 
them correctly -- and home addresses, wherever you think they are 
preferable, as they would be in most cases -- I wonder if you would 
be willing to have your secretary (if she is now out of the hospital) 
or somebody either type or write carefully the proper address after 
each name. Then we'll mail a Blue Book to each person on the list, 
at the address there given, as soon as we receive it back from you. 


Incidentally, since you might wonder why I left the name of Jim Rogers 
off the list above, I might as well explain. During my whole seven 
years on the NAM board of directors, three of them on the executive 
committee, the only single man with whom I never hit it off too well 
jab Gaylord. He and I are good enough friends, but I have still 

preferred not to send him a copy of THE POLITICIAN, nor even to 
% invite him to any of my two-day meetings until The John Birch Society 

м А had gathered more strength. Knowing how hard Bob tries to find some- 
( / thing to be cantankerous about, I think that in this case he would prob- 
ably decide that The John Birch Society was intended to undercut and 
be a rival of the NAM -- even though nothing could be further from the 
truth. So I want to wait a while longer before informing Bob Gaylord 
of our activities. And under these conditions I think it might be a mis- 
take, therefore, for me to send the Blue Book to his assistant, Jim 
Rogers, as good a man as Jim is, before Bob Gaylord himself has ever 
heard any of the story, And, although I'll not go into details, there is 








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an exactly reverse reason yr had rather wait a while longer be- 
fore sending the Blue Book to Leonard Read, although he has been 
_a very good friend of mine for years, and I once even arranged for 
him and Aggie to be guests of the NAM at one of our Hot Springs 
meetings of the Board of Directors. 


Going on to some other matters, you asked about Tom O'Reilly of 
Bellevue. I know little more about him than you do, He sent in a con- 
tribution to the COMMITTEE AGAINST SUMMIT ENTANGLEMENTS, 
and such a nice letter, which seemed to be so sincere and also to show 
such a clear understanding of what was happening and determination to 
do something about it, that I simply invited him to the meeting in Se- 
attie. From what he told me there, he had been quite а successful man- 
ufacturer's agent, representing five different firms, when the rising 
leftist flood got him so alarmed and disturbed as to cause him to enter 
politics aggressively -- running for Congress, I believe -- against some 
left-winger in his area. The two results were that he lost the election, 
and all five of his principles took their lines away from him. | 3o һе had 
to start over, but now has several good lines again, and is bing all 
right. He is, as you noted, a Roman Catholic, and a welll-lenough in- 
formed one to have been quite familiar with some of the points which 
came up in our discussion, I liked what I saw of him, алё what he had 
to say in my brief private conversations with him, very much indeed. 


1 hope you can bring Frank Holman, Jay Morrison, and Stuart Thompson 
around to feeling that it is not my fault that things are as bad as I had to 
how them in THE POLITICIAN. And 1 do defy any of them to find any 
errors of fact in the manuscript, other than the very minor one I men- 
tioned, that Edgar Bundy was seven years with Air Force Intelligence 
| instead of with the FBL 
Actually (confidentially, since I do not ordinarily tell anybody, even by 
imiplication, anybody else who has read this manuscript) there is strong 
disagreernent between Al Wedemeyer and myself over there having been 
any sinister planning behind the proposed Operation Sledgehammer, But 
this is merely a difference of opinion, which has little to do with the facta 
| and while General Wedemeyer's feelings are quite understandable, in 
view of several circumstances involved, most of the retired generals 





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and admirala with whom I haye discussed the matter agree one hundred 
„Percent with my interpretation. And while I would not want any names 
mentioned, I can state honestly, and am willing to be quoted to Jay Mor- 
rison or the others as so stating, that this manuscript has been careful- 
ly and at first skeptically read by quite a number of very well-informed 
and very influential leaders in American public life, including a number 
of retired generals and admirals; that nobody has been able to find any 
mistakes in it; that at least ninety-five percent of those who have read 
the document agree with one of its alternate conclusions at the end; and 
that in a great many cases the reaction, instead of disagreement, has 
‘been one of wanting to supply me more material, out of the reader's own 
personal knowledge, to document and support my thesis. 


No, to the best of my recollection, I have not been familiar with the 
names of either Norton Clapp or Reno Adlin, so they were neither in- 
vited, nor have they read THE POLITICIAN. Mr. William S. Street 
was invited, but I do not know now why he could not come; nor do I know 
anything about him, or how he got on my list. So I shall be glad to fol- 
low up these three in any wey that you suggest. Among others from the 
area who were invited but couldn't come were Mr. Eli Dorsey, of Dorsey 
and Haight, Seattle, and Мг. John W. Blodgett, whom 1 апа sure you 
know. Also, my good friend, Jim Bronson, of Yakima, who wanted to 
come, but had a conflict with a meeting of a lumber association, of 
which he is president, at exactly that time. There were a few others, 
but Ill not dig out their names to burden you with them at this writing. 
With regard to'Érnie Swigert, of Portland, he has been a close personal 
friend of mine for many years, as one of the original founders of The 
John Birch Society at Indianapolis in December, 1958, and is still one 

of my strongest supporters and best friends. 


Тһе list of those whom you intended to invite to hear the tapes at the 
meeting arranged by'Cap Beezley seems quite impressive, The only 
one I recognize offhand is-Alfred Schweppe, who was invited to the Se- 
attle meeting, although I dén't know now why he could not come, and 
who has read THE POLITICIAN. Of course 1 hope very much that 
most of those on your list were able to come, and that the meeting was 
quite successful. 


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Now, as to the address we are using. The new building we are in is 
practically next door to the Belmont post office, which is a compara- 
tively small one in ап almost completely residential town, Every- 
body in our little group is well-known to all of the clerks at the post 
office, and they are all well-known to us. And we are using this 
address actually, without a street number, at the specific request of 
the postmaster, who is also a good friend of ours. The point is that 
we pick up our mail, which is too heavy and voluminous for any of 

the boxes, twice a day at the post office window. And if a street ad- 
dress shows on any of the envelopes for us, some new clerk is always 
likely to put that mail in the pile to be picked up by one of the carriers, 
which then means a delay of several hours in our receiving it. So we 
try to discourage having the street number put on our mail all we can, 
with the result that it goes automatically to the front of the post office, 
and into the frame section which has been allotted to us there, until 

we pick it up. And under these circumstances, I do not believe there 
is any danger of anything happening to our mail along the lines you sug- 





gest -- or at least no more danger than if we were urging everybody 
to use a street address. But we'll keep the thought carefully in mind, 
neverthele 





And this certainly being enough for one letter, I'll sign off without for- 
шағу. 


Good luck, and kindest regards. 


Sincerely, 


Bae 


RW:mlp Robert Welch 


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November 20, 1959 


Мг, David Roemer 
1015 Overbrook 
Rouston,' Төлке 


Dear Mr, Roemer: 


Тош Hill says you have asked for в letter from me concerning 
seme of the questions about religion that have arisen at mect- 
inge in Техас. The pressure on my time ic sc great that two 
nights out of the last seven I have not ever gone home from the 
office, Se I cannot begin to spsné the time in careful medite~ 
tion, anê then write the беба11еб reply which your inquiry 
deserves. But 1111 do the best I can in в burried anê succinct 
answer. 


1. Ihave tried all of my 1178, in my weak enè human мау, to 
be e good Christian, But І am not e fundamentalist. Ав much 
ag I would like co de so, I simply cannot subscribe to some of 
the dogma and doctrinal beliers of the Simdamentalists. Му 
book, The Lifs OF Jom Birch. wor «nítson in honor of, and 
deepest admiration for, Е mar whose great nobility of character 
wer &eternined by his Aundementdlist beliefs. And the most 
devout Catholics and fundementslist protestants will find по 
more ardent supporter of the зестебцевг of their beliefs then 
myself. 


2. Т dc not intend nor attempt ‘to пе а leader in matters of 
doctrinal religion, І de not asi anybody tc follow, nor even 
te accept, my epecific religious views. I have friends who вау 
to me thet Christianity mist be saved Ir order to save freedom. 
I em glad to have them work or the problem and the evile of our 
tines from thet poiat of view. | BBE my суп аррговев is that 
freedom must be saved in order to save Christianity, It seems 
to me that my goal includes theirs, and is one which they should 
support with all of their hearts ~- ee most of them do. For I 
welcome the support of all men and women of good cheracter, 
humane consciences, and religious ideals, whether or not their 
doctrinal boliefe -- or even their basic religions -- coincide 
with my own, 





3. My concern ie with morality anê purpose, based on those 
eternal truths on which we can all agree, in my present 











Иг. David Roemer -2- November 20, 1956 


fer The Jobn Birth Society I bave ӛгізд to draw a circle of 
religious faith lerge enough tc таке in, without violeticn, 
all ef those speci*ic f£iths which are built on eternal truths. 
Within that circle 1 have not tried te pin down or define the 
exect bounåsry linee of my own doctrinal feith, for three 
reasons. One is, frankly, thet I'm not sure І could, without 
giving over my life to mere meditation, et the present біле, 
The second is thet, if I did, nobody оп either side of those 
lines would agree with me -- any more than bedrock Baptists 
agree with more "liberal" Episcopalians, or such Episcopalians 
agree with more "traditional" Catholics, or such Catholics 
agree with more "rational" Unive: ets todey, And the third 
reason is that it is nobody else's business what my exact 
shades of religious belief may be, sc long as I am giving my 
preserving his right to believe exactly whet he wishes, 
according to that belief, and even to convert me’ to 
that beiíef in time if he сап -- as I certainly am doing, 

















he I am fully avare that even s elight modification of my 
non-conformitz, в tiny pretense to more fundamentaliem in the 
Christianity which I follow, would be of immense help in elim- 
inating roadblocks te the growth of The John Birch Sceisty in 
some = of our country today 5 I ап not willing to make 
the sligntest concession in thet direction, any more than I esk 
ine most devout Catholic or fundamentalist Protestant ic give 
up eny iote of his fundamentalist faith in order tc work with 
me in our common cause. For to make any such concession or 
pretense would ће & devistion from the truth. And to me, stat- 
ing the truth, ве sech man actually sees snd believes it, with 
regarê tc any minute eet cf circumstencer or ary understandin: 
of the phenomena end noumene сг the whole universe, іс the v 
essence of morality, and the fcundation stone cf eny civilize- 
tion in which sincere religion can even exist. We cen all 
disegree with one &ncther, in peace end в humane society and 
an age of increasing knowledge -- and can all grope together 
towarde more understanding of ultimate truth for menkind =- if 
we use only the truth as we do see it in communicating with one 
another, But without it в whole civilization felis tc pieces, 
вв ours is now doing, because of the morel rot and purporeless 
confusion created by infinite lies. 


I would like в world, Mr. Roemer, in which John Birch, whom І 
never knew, or Caráinsl Cushing, whom І ác, would have every 
opportunity to convert -- by suagiíon -- other men to the noble 
faiths in which they have believed so sincerely. To preserve 
that worlé much longer, or to have it prevail again over so mich 
of the earth where a religion-besed civilization has already 
been wiped out, we must overcome an amoral etheistic movement 
which soeke to destroy not only all religious belief, and sll 
morelity, but the very conscience of шап. And we must do more 























I 


He. Daviá Roemer 





November 20, 1959 





у defend ourselves from the further eacroachmente of 
lass tyranny. must start freeing nen from the 
shackles slready imposed everywhere by increasingly oppressive 
goverment; returning to men є sense of responsibility for 
their own ilves; and inspiring men to work end sacrifice in 
the building of в truly better world, We badly need for all 
good men like yourself to селе in and help us. The beet I ci 
Promise you in return ie thet I shall be uncompromising in 
fighting the forces of evil, anê true to those principles on 
which 1 have taken my stand -- and in support of which I am 
asking others to follow my leadership, 








Sincerely, 
RWirc Robert Welch 


Р, Se Anê may I аба e final comente 


In the beauty cf the lilies Christ was born across the see, 

With в glory in Eis bosom that trensfigures you впё ne: 

Ав He disd tc make men holy, let us die to make men free, 
While God is marching on. 


As you may be внвге, from either hearing tape recordings or 
rending the Slue Bock с? Ths John Birch Society, I often repeat 


that last stanza of the Bettle-Hymn Of The Republic. This is 
because I love it, and believe it -- every lane and word, 


Otherwise I wculé not quote it, in the context that І do. RW 





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An Informal Review Belmont 78. Massachusetts 


December 28, 1959 





Мг. Thos. J. Anderson 
Editor & Publisher 
FARM AND RANCH 
318 Murfreesboro Road 
Nashville 10, Tennessee 


Dear Tom: 


In further reply to your letter of December 17, let me repeat my 
expression of pride and pleasure on your becoming a member of the 
COUNCIL of The John Birch Society. In view of your reluctance to 
become officially associated with any other group, Iam especially 
grateful. 














We shall write your brother, Mr. Charles Anderson, President of 
the National Old Line Insurance Company in Bitle Rock, and send him 
the Blue Book and some of our other material, at once. Glenn Green, © 
Executive Vice President of the National Education Program in Searcy, 
Arkansas, has become so enthusiastic over the methods and purposes 
of The John Birch Society that he offered about а month ago to become 
a Volunteer Coordinator for us for the state of Arkansas, has already 
formed one chapter and has several others in process. And Mr. Green 
has а complete set of the tape recordings of my presentation. So it 
may be that, if we can get your brother sufficiently interested, Mr. 
Green can be of considerable help to him in connection with the organiz- 
g of a chapter in Little Rock. And we'll follow this up to the best of 
our ability. 


























8 very much the same as my own, 
its most useful ac- 


Your attitude toward a third party 
зо far аз any present prospects are concerned; tha! 





complishment is likely to be scaring one or both of the two major parties 
into a little less pronounced and rapid movement toward the extreme left. 


And as to your own position, I also thoroughly agree that you are likely 
to be able to do more good, both for the nation and for FARM AND 
RANCH, by not identifying yourself tob closely with any political party. 
1 shall be explaining the position of The John Birch Society with regard 
to this same question, which position is very similar to your own, in 
some detail at the Chicago meeting. And of course I shall be hoping 














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very much that you саз be there. 


Sincerely, 


Ba 


RW:mlp Robert Welch 


December 28, 1959 


A Confidential Report | 
To M The COUNCIL — 1) 








of / 
Тһе John Birch Society 7) 


The first meeting of the COUNCIL was held st the Union League 
Club, Chicago, on Saturday, Present were Messrs. 
Adamson, Anderson, Beatty, Davis, Draskovich, Grede, Heinsohn, 
Koch, Kohlberg, Oliver, Manion, McMillan, Stoddard, and Swigert, 
Coleman Andrews was held back from attendence, at the last minute, 
1 by illness. Cola Parker was also kept eway by his doctors and 
Louis Ruthenburg!s plene was grounded on his way to the meeting. 
Others who were absent gave sound reasons and sincere regrets. 
And we had, I believe, a most successful meeting. 


The writer, presiding, opened the session with a most earnest ex- 
pression of thanks to those in attendance, both for coming on the 
COUNCIL, and for making the considerable sacrifice to be present. 
He then introduced each member to the others who were there, 


The writer then reviewed briefly the more recent developments, 
since LOOK AT THE SCORE was written, in the adyence of the inter- 
national Communist conspiracy towards world rule, Since we are 
853111 losing the Cold War, now more rapidly and visibly than in 
the past, the report was not optimistic. 


To show, by just one illustration from which the whole pattern , 
could be projected, how subtly and disingenucusly, but determined- 
ly and effectively, cur government is helping to strengthen the 
Communists and weaken their enemies, everywhere in the world, we 
went in considerable detail into the background, significance, and 
effect of the last-minute betrayal of the French Government by our 
Government in the United Nations General Assembly vote on the 
Algerian question on December 12, Since considerable interest was 
expressed in that expositicn, and it is too long to rep here 
may we please call the attention of all members of the " 
who are interested, to the fact that this seme analysis will appear, 


verbatim, in the February issue of American Opinion, which will be 
going into the mails in about опе week, 


At the end of an hour's condensed survey of the whole international 
picture, the writer summarized the outlook, as it appears to him, 
Ап the following statement, 


"Prom a careful and realistic study of the mountainous pile of 
evidence that is there for all to see, certain terrifying conclu- 
sions are objectively inescapable. Among them are: 











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(1) The Communists sro winning their large victories, as 

they elvays | have, through the cumulative effect of small gains: 
(2) Thay make these gains chiefly through the conniving —^ 
assistance of many of tho very diplomats and officials who are \ 
supposed to be opposing them; ~ 
3) Comunist influences аға now їп almost complete working | 

` control of our government; 

CH) And hence the United States Goverment ia today, as 16 | 
has been for many years, the most important and powerful singla | 
foroo promoting the world-wide Communist advance, — 


"Unless we believe these plain truths, gentlemen, we are in my opin- 
ion, simply wasting cur time. Рог wa shall neither know where to 
lock for the enemy, nor recognize the desperate seriousness of cur 


danger. 


"апа there are other features of this snemy's advance, besides those 
I have discussed, which make our danger өтеп worse. Tor we aro not 
fighting an ideology, but a conspiracy, And that conspiracy is 
already so firmly entrenched hero at hone thet our internal situa- 
tion is far more critical than our position in international affairs, 


“sone of you may remember, from cuo of our two day meetings or from 
reading the Blue Book, the brief outline of the third and most 
likely method the Comunista would use in taking us over, This 

was to be by а process so gradual and insidious that Soviet rule 
would be slipped over on us so far, before we over know it was 
happening, that the Communist conspirators would ve in charge of 
our goverment, and we would find ourselves in the position of ^ 
conspirators against established authority. І first began in 
speeches, about three years ago, to point out that this was happen- 
ing with a constantly more rapid tempo. By the time I incorpo- 
rated that warning in my presentation to the founders of The John 
Birch Society, in the original moeting at Indianapolis in December, 
1958, tho process was already fer advenced, and both ite speed 

and ite opes were nu eee Today, gentlomen, I ca 














E namant is o 
of p comuni 3. And the oniy бағ o gentle- 
men ourselves, if it is not, simply your reluctance to 
peeve, ake your wishful thinking, and hence your unwillingness to 
e, coldly and logically, what you see with your own eyes, 
For 1 the évidence іс all there, plain as day, and much of it you are 
living with, 1n connection with your own careers or business or 
actions, every day of your lives, 








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The writer next reviewed the history, activities, end progress 
ef The John Birch Society, in the year since it waa founded 
on December 9, 1958, in Indianapolis, 


Taking time to feel our way carefully, end to find out whether 


the whole organizational idea was sound, we did 
actually fo: chaj 1959, By WV 
е we s only about twenty chepters, and wo deliben- 


ately dragged cur feet during tho summer montha, while build- 
ing up réserves and getting ready for a first real step of 
expansion in the fall. 


Then came the announcement of the Khrushehey visit, and the 
concentration of our efforts on the protest against that 

visit through the Comittee Against Summit Entanglements, 

The tremendous amount of work Involved in thst pestest m protest so 
tied up the writer and our whole small office for two monthe 
-- even preventing us from making the film version of the 
John Birch Society presentation, which was to have been ready 
by October 1, until so late that we do not yet have the films 
themselves ~- thet our growth wee probably set back the equiv- 
alent of four months. And yet we feel that whet was ассст- 
plished by that protest, even though we did not stop Khrushchev 
from coming, was well worth while, 


The writer reported that despite this and other setbacks, and 

despite many mistakes undoubtedly made, ac of th f the 
now had: (1) Something over three hundred individ- ,/ 

Wal members o: Home Chapter, most of whom аге influenti: 

conservatives scattered over some forty states; (2)-elzhty- 

two working chapters, with from one to twelve chapters each 

in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Мем York, Vir- 

ginia, South Carolina, Floride, Michigan, Iliinois, Wisconsin, 

Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Тома, California, and 

Washington; (3) five full-time salaried staff Coordinators, 

әве each in Now England, Michigan, Temossoe, Louisiane, 

Texas, and California, with additional men soon to be put 

on in Illinois and Oregon; (h) six Volunteer Coordinators, 

devoting a major part of their time to our work, but whom 

we pay for their expenses only, in South Carolins, Florida, 

Arkansas, Texas (two), and the state of Washington, with one 

probably soon to be added in California; (5) eighteen sete 

of tape recordings of the presentation, now being used in the 

field by our Coordinators and by a few of our most entbusi- 

astic Chapter Leaders; (6) the Blue Books, which give the 


presentation in printed form, and of which four thousand Һай ۷ 
bi time; (7) the shorter version of the 
112 presentetion (two and one-half hours) actually produced, 


with the films to be delivered as soon as they can be devel- 
oped, edited, and prints made; (8) a very solid base of ex- 
perience and enthusiasm on which to grow from this points 





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(9) enough money cn hand to be comfortable, and enough ex- 
pectsble income from dues, contributions, and sele of the 
Blus Bock to go along quite comfortably st cur present level, 
with smeil and moderate growth -- but not enough to make 

safe eny positive step of sizable expansion or organieation- 
building which we might wish to undertake; end (20) the strong 
encouragement of growing numbers of conservative Americanists, 
who enpasticslly express their convictions that the John 
Birch Society offers the one best -- and meybe only -- plan 
end program that can keep the Communists from taking us over. 


I believe it is fair and correct to say thet the members of 
the COUNCIL prasent felt that we hed made satisfactory pro- 
gress in growth, development, and the establishment of & 
solid base for the future, during the first year, 


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But ме mst be working aven while we grow, end the writer 

next reported on tha campeigns and activities we had under- 
tsken during thet same first year, with particular reference 
to the ten parts of the action program projected at the found- 
ing meeting in Indianapolis, Each one of the ten points 

was taken up and discussed in some detail, But since this 
survey took about two hcurs, since those who read tha Society's 
monthiy bulletins regularly ere familiar with cur efforts, 
since any condensation of so many details is so difficult, 

and since the writer is alreedy so crowded for tine, ws are 
not going to attempt here any review of that review. 





It was emphasised thet most of our undertakings had been 
carefully tailored to match the size of cur organization, 

so that we had entered on activities where we had a reason 
le chance of achieving some effectiveness, instead of simply 
-butting our collective heads against some wall that was too 
big and too solid for us to budge, It seemed clear, end 
your Founder вс reported, that in several of the ten areas 

of ection we have done very little as yet; but that in others, 
in some specific campaigns or efforte, we have -- even while 
still quite small -- definitely accomplished or materially 
helped to accomplish some results that were very much worth 
while, 


Again the writer believes it is fair and eccurate to say that 
the COUNCIL felt we had made satisfactory progress from this 
point of view during cur first year, and further felt we had 
shown that much more ferreaching accomplishments could be 
counted on when we gained more size and strength. 








There followed some three hours of open discussion, The range 
Vue wide, ani s meaningful condensation would be kon &ifffcuib 
for mo tô undertake, Fully оце hour of that time was given 
over to an insistence, on the part of various members indi- 
vidually and of the COUNCIL unanimcusly as а whole, that 

your Founder take a vacation or a rests and to consideration 
of ways andimeans whereby he could arrange to do so. 


The writer hae elways claimed, and honestly felt, thet he 
knew pretty well his own limitetions and his own breaking 
point, so far as work was concerned. For the first time in 
his life, and probably much to the surprise of most of those 
present, he agreed with the suggestion. For it is undeniable, 
even to mysolf == 17 you will forgive the first-person pro- 
noun here, for the sako cf simplicity -- that I have been 
working tco hard, too continuously, with toc little rest, 

for too long a stretch of time, (About eighteen months, seven 
days and nights per week, without елу slightest let-up even 
for вп hovr.) The advice to take a rest was accepted, and 
will be followed sometime fairly soon. But there are problems 
-= which many membore of the COUNCIL are magnanimously and 
magnificently helping to overcome -- and there is no such 
thing as stepping out immediately from under ell of the work 
and urgent demands on my time that ere piled up right now, 
The vacation — at least a short one -- will come just as soon 
ав plans can be completed to keep those problems and demanda 
from getting worse during my sbsonco, And with the assistance, 
of which I havo been assured, to count on, they will be com~ 
pleted within s reasonable time, 


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At the end of this discussion, or at least neer the end of the 
day, the weiter asked for about fifteen minutes to make some 
closing romarks, Thsre have been во many requests, from those 
who were present, for а сору of those remarks, thet it seems 
to be the easiest course simply to incorporate them verbatim 
Ап this report, But before doing so, it seems desirable to 
go back and quote, also verbatim, three short paragraphs 

from my opening remarks in the morning, Here they ere: 


"Naturally, in this COUNCIL, composed of men of this caliber, 
dedicated to во worthy and important а purpose, I shall take 
the confidential nature of all that is seid for granted. 

Апа consequently I shall speak, and hope we сап all feel 
free to speak, with the utmost frankness about any person, 





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event, or topic that comes into сог discussion, 


"At this point, too, let me concede that I shall be saying 
many things today thet I cannot strictly prove. But, gentle- 
шеп, we are not playing a game, where there are rules and 
protocol that a gentlemen must abide by. We are facing a 

deadly enemy, who has vowed tc Gestroy us, and we are ing 
to determine what he is doing end how he fe doing it, as close- 
ly as we can, 


"When I insisted emphatically in print in 1952 that the break 
between Stalin and Tito was phoney as а three-dollar bill, 

I couldn't prove it, But it was clearly true and proved 
itself to anybody whe simply looked objectively at the picture, 
Much of what I eball be saying at a couple of pointe in today's 
session belongs in that category. Put I shall be saying 
nothing thet I do not honestly believe, ав в result of a lot 
of study and experience in analyzing Communist methods, pur- 
poses, and personnel, And there are sound ressons why I shall 
speak with considerable positivenesa and force, ‘For if the 
trumpet gize en uncertain sound, who shell prepare himself 

to the battle?! " 


With that much of в ceveat, both as to the confidential nature, 
and also as to the undocumented and informal directness, 

of these closing гепагив, I am glad to make them also the 
closing remarks of this report, They folicw herewith and -- 
because of their length == without being enclosed in quotation 
marks, 





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Gentlemen, we hava just hod a speech by President Eisenhower 
telling the nation how wonderful everything is, and is going 
to be throughout 1960, And the fact that that speech was false 
in many particulers 18 relatively unimportant against the far 
greater end fundenentel falsity of the spesch's whole thome 
and purpose. It completely and deliberately ignored the 
matters that aro really vital to the American people at this  . 
point of extreme danger in their national existence, It was 
designed to keep the American people from even іосісіпд at 

811 the clear signe of the enemy closing, in on us from every 
side, and at the beginnings of the police state alroady at 
work within cur own borders. He said that he would devote 

his last year in the White House to promote peace in the 

world and prosperity at home, He didn't tell you that the 
Peace he wss talking about was а part of the greatest Comunist 
Propaganda drive of all time, to induce s gradual surronder 





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of the remaining free world to Communist control, or that 
the prosperity at home he was talking about was merely в 
deceptive name for ever more rapid inflation designed to 
ruin our turrency, wreck our economy, and steadily increase 
the control of a centralized bureaucratic power ovor the 
lives and actions of us all,’ Here are just a few of the 
things that the President did not tell the nation, 


1, His recent trip was so helpful to the Communists and 
fitted so beautifully into their "peace" propaganda offensive, 
that it was mostly the Communists, in Europe especially, 

who got out the crowds to welcome him, In Italy the Communist 
Farty actually had huge posters printed and displayed wel- 
coming him, 


2. Mr. Nixon, following in the President's footeteps and 
using the same tactics that the White House has used for years, 
has just finished blackmailing the stool companies into knuck- 
ling under to в left-wing labor boss, on terms that cannot 
possibly have any other effect than to speed up the very 
inflation which Мр. Eisenk-wer says he ie trying to prevent. 


3. Helping Mr, Nixon to put over this squeeze play on industry, 
and probably already picked to be his running mate for the 
presidency was a man who, as a supposedly Republic Secretary 

of Labor, hes done everything possible for years to help the 
Walter Reuthers end Dave Macdonald: end other left-wing labor 
bosses increase their power, And he is a man who, if my 

memory serves пе correctiy, was run off the WPA staff, even 

in those ideologically easy-going deys of the mid thirties, 
because of his pro-Ccmmunist past connections, If so, it is 
undoubtedly one of the reasons why Mr. Nixon wante him for —1 
a running mate, because in the present political set-up any | 
шап simply must have strong Communist support in this country | 
to be elected president, 


4, The Communists are slready right et our docr in Cube and 
Venezuela. Our government under Hr, Eisenhower is doing 
everything it feasibly can to help them, and to undermine 
their enemies throughout Latin America. Мг. Eisenhower him- 
self has even openly been taking the load in urging Panamanian 
control, which definitely means Commnist control, over the 
Panama Canal, 






је can't go saying these things outside, gentle- 
men, but in this room, with the job ahead of us that we have 








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undertaken, let's not kid ourselves, We need to be starkly 
realistic, and to face facts, “бог Congress now contains a 
number of men, like Ad 

orte: , and 
plenty more who are sympathetic to Communist purposes for 
either ideological or opportunistic reasons, 


In the Senate there are men like Stephen Y: Ohio and 
Жауда Morse of Oregon, McNamara of Michigan and Clifford Caso 
of New Jergey, and Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and Estes 
Kefauv. [2 еппәззее an Ke! of Massachusetts, whom 
1t is utter folly to think Ea mri liberals, Every one 
of those men 1s either an actual Communist or so comp 7 
9 : s lotel, 









Our Supreme Court, dominated by Earl Warren and Felix Franke 
furter and Hugo Black, is so visibly pro-Commmist that no 
argument is even nesded, The situation there is so bad that 
an extremely cheap politician, Tom Clark, actually stands out 
as the best man on the court. And our federal courts below 
that level, with their Sobeloffs and Luther Youngdshls ав 
judges, ere in many cases just as bad, 


Qur State Department ts loaded with Communists iran top to- 
bottom, to the extent tha! 11 call of ambassadors al- 
ost supe Like a dist aciehedy has mui Esgather bo start 
а Communist front, 





under Allen Dulles 15 notki no no 
provided untold millions of American taxpayers! monoy for 
that purpose, money which it does not have to account for 
to anybody. Alm d tni d 
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critical, even just 
after Pearl Harbor," This undoubtedly correct appraisal, 







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by в still patriotic military леп in position to know, is 
ust ons other truth of vital importance of which the ?гез- 
ident told the nation nothing in hie message, 


5. А man named Роті Beng Jensen was just murdered by the 
Communists right ork City, And whether it was tech- 
nically suicide or not, ТЕ was murder, as we all know, And 
ths Communist influences are so powerful that there isn't 

а chance in the world of getting even an investigation, 
What's more, it was well known that Bang-Jensen hed been 
trying for months to turn over some extremely important in- 





formation about Communist agents and activities in the United 


Wations to somebody of sufficient responsibility in the Апөг- 
ican government. So well known that a very patriotic and 
highly regarded United States Senator had been insistently 
trying during all of that time to got Henry Cabot Lodge to 
become Bang-Jensen's confident end protector, and I have in 
my files today copy of в letter written by that Senator since 
Bang-Jensen's death, expressing his disgust and his hope that 
Lodge suffers adequately from a bad conscience -- which is 

а forlorn hope, I could assure him, Lodge has naver even 
possessed a conscience, much less a bed one, 


It was only a few months ago thet в great American, а colored 
man nemed Manning Johnson, who had once been a Communist 


and who knew more about Communist agents and activities amoung 


our colored population than any other anti-Communist in our 
country, wa: 

Francisco, and died es a result of the 

Ihave bean told, although of course it will be denied, that 
there are about twenty similar cases, of anti-Communicte 
meeting with fatal "accidents," on the police blotters of 
San Francisco -- the home of Harry Bridges end Mayor Christo- 
pher -- with no chance of any investigation, The Communists 
are now, with increasing frequency and brazenness, making 
use right in this ecuntry of the usual Communist techniques, 
And they are doing so deliberately, not only вв s most соп- 
venient means of eliminating dangerous enemies like Bang-Jen- 
gen and epee ems but as a means of terrorizing other 
enemies into silence or withdrawal from the fight. This 
visible beginning of the police-state operation in the United 
States is just one more thing that the President didn't men- 
tion, And it was of fer greater importance than most of the 
things he did talk about, 








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And there were plenty of other omissions, But this is not the 
y 


time tc catalogue them, I have tried merely to indica 
example, the kind of message we would have received 
head of a truly enti-Commnist government. And I have spoken 
quite frankly, gentlemen, beceuse I want to make clear two 








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things, One, this is no time for "business as usual," ог 
"play as usual," if you are roally determined, as І боре 


And seccnd, I am not kidding, or going 

I really do mean business, every step of 

о intention cf going off half cocked, or 
any rash measures, and I went the gutdance 
and advices of you gentlemen to see that I don't, But I also 
6n a scale and in proportion 
of the danger which we face, 





right in this room, and а few others of the leading nexbern 
of TE John Birch Society, are literally the last hope of 
America, 


That is not just my opinion, We receive letter efter letter 
from people all over the United States, many of them well 
informed and who havo been in this fight for years, who nay 
that The John Birch Society, its besic philosophy, 168 pros 
gram, its methods, and its leadership offer the one end only 
remaining chance of rallying the strength and dedication 
needed to turn back the enemy, And as I told you in my letters 
of invitation to go on this COUNCIL, that 1s a challenging, 

a sobering, and в frightening responsibility, But it is 
aiso a glorious opportunity, which is offered to few men, 

We most definitely and inescapebly stand today right squarely 
at the center of one of tha great crises, and perhaps the 


The histi of our race shows that it is not too difficult, 
in the excitement of battle or with the fervor of a martyr, 
for a man to die for the cause in which he believes, It іг 
much more difficult, under many conditions, to live, fully 
and O pete sag for that cause, For, as а minor ‘poet has 
put the thought in some major linos: 


"and some men dio by shrapnel, 
And scne go down in fismer; 

But most men perish inch by inch, 
In play et little gamse. 


ps 


I em asking you right now, and through the incressingly troubled 
and dangerous months shead, to join with me in devoting more 

and more of ell that we sre and ell thst we have to one epic 
purpose, The most direct and immediately understood part of that 
Purpose is simply to save for our children and their children 
seme semblance of the glorious country anê humano civilization 
which we ourselves inherited, 


Sincerely, 


P 


P, S. The next meeting of the COUNCIL has been tentatively 
set for Saturday, April 2, at the Harvard Club in New York 
City, Unless there is a change in the meantime, for some 
good reason which does not now appear, в definite confirma- 
tion and reminder will be mailed to you by tho middle of 
February. RW 





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A Confidential Report 
То Members Of The COUNCIL 


of 
The John Birch Society 





The seconé meeting of the COUNCIL took place on Saturday, 
at the Harvard Club of New York, and lssteó ell dey. Sixtee: 
the twenty-three present members of our COUNCIL wore present, 





A financial statement for the first year of operation was submit- 
ted, and в сору is enclosed herewith. Because cur small offica 
has been so crowded with work, this statement wae only resay within 
the last hour before I left the office for New York, and has not 
been audited. If there аге eny appreciable corrections efter the 
‘auditors check the statement, you will be notified. 


Your Founder pointed out thet the Committee Against Sumit Entan- 
Elements, which was one of the "fronts" of the Society, also raised 
independently last yeer about fifty-eight thousené dollars, which 
was hendled by it directly, enê нав the beneficiary о? about one- 
hel? that much more, which was spent for it by various individuals 
and groups who placed its full-page advertisements directly with 
local papers. And that friends of curs hed elready euthorized 
during 1959, and committed themselves to pay for, films costing 
between $0,000 and $50,000 for the use cf the Society. So that 
the total dues, contributions, fees, anc other income supplied 
during 1959 for the Society'a current and future efforts was just 
about two hundred thousand dollars. 


In а brief report of progress your Founder was glad to be atle to 
tell the COUNCIL that the Society had just about exactiy doubled 
in size since the first meeting of the COUNCIL on January 9. 
This was in chapters, which had moved from approximately 75 in 
number to approximately 150; in members, from approzinstely 1400 
to approximately 2800; end in the daily average of direct income, 
Such income received during the three months ending March 31, 
1960 was approximately $51,500. This is against a total of 
$71,225,80 for the twelve months of 1959. Bank balance at the 
end of March, 1960 was $1,804.50; undeposited cash on hand, ap- 
proximately $1,500,005 and value of ЦО shares of Sunbeam Stock 
which had been received es а donation, approximately {2200,00 


Your Society now has one full-time salaried Coordinator each in 
New England, Michigen, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Oregon, and 
two in California, 16 hes a part-time paid Coordinator in Arkan- 
sas-Mississippi. It hes Volunteer Coordinators each devoting an 
ortant part of his energy and time to the Society, in Wiscon- 
sin, Florida, Texas (Ц), California, and Washington, We have 





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three-fourths of the country not yet toucheó, but wo are going 

to start again adding paid full-time Cooróinetors in entirely 

new territories just вв soon as our benk balance is ence more 
running comfortably over twenty thousand dollars. We now here 

one Major Coordinator who, although a Volunteer, ie devoting fuil 
time to the Society, and is in charge of development in the ten 
Southern.states. Anê we expect to add в paid full-time Mejor Co- 
ordinator soon, to train and supervise Coordinators in other arenas, 


If we could keep on expanding at the same rate as during the peri- 
od between the two meetings of ths COUNCIL we would have tne mil- 
lion truly dedicated members -- which we believe wouló be suffi- 
cient to save our country from the Communists and to start rostor- 
ing a framework of less goverment and more responsibility == by 
the middle of 1962. Any such huge projection of growth from so 
tiny а segment of experience is, of course, fanciful, Nor do we 
believes that it is possible either tc obtain the money needed 

for development, or to build sound organization, that rapidly. 
But knowing how emphatically time is of the essence in one part 
of our qe -- the battle with the Communists -- we shall do 
our utmost, 


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One reel of our black-and-white film presentation wee shown in the 
early morning, ав в sample. Тһе comments were favorable, and I 
think the members of the COUNCIL who were present believed it to 
be effective -- as experience in the field had te some extent 
alreaéy demonstrated. 








The very first print of our color film arrived from the Washington 
laboratory during the meeting, and was shown immediately efter 
luncheon. This film, with six minutes of black-and-white intro- 
duction by your Founder, then runs thirty-three minutes in color 
covering a tour of the Allen Bradley plant in Milwaukee, and giv- 
ing the Allen Bradley "story" ав в shining example of whet our 
free-enterprise system can dc for Americans of ell levels of edu- 
cation, ability, income, and ambition, The introduction makes 
this film а part of our total presentation, by asking those seeing 
the film to compare the enormous benefits for all workers provided 
by this American plant with the known plight of fectory workers 
behind the Iron Curtein, and to see the mode of life which a take~ 
over by the Communists would make utterly impossible. 


The COUNCIL felt that the film itself was excellent, Many members, 
however, expressed or agreed with the view that ite theme is too 
well known end accepted by members, or good prospects for member- 
ship, of The John Birch Society, for the film to be as effective 
в your Founder had hoped, as an introductory or intrinsic part 

cf our total reguler presentation. And because ite showing would 





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run the tims of that presentation up to about three hours. the 
COUNCIL recommended that the color film be used largely for səp- 
arate showings, st regular meetings of our chapters whieh ere 
already established and functioning. 


Your Founder accepted this recommendation and the procedure in- 
dicated will largely be followed. And the consideration of the 
time involved is certeinly в valid point in many cases =- though 
by пе means ell, But actual experience in the several showings 
of the film already made thie week, since the meeting of the COUN- 
CIL, har revealed that its members пау heye been making insuffi- 
cient allowance for the difference between their familiarity with 
the sociological erguments in favor of free enterprise, and the 
knowledge of such fundamentals on the part of Americans of the 
non-management group or of lower sconomic levels. 


For much to our surprise -- efter the discussion at the COUNCIL 
meeting, which convinced your Founder thet hie own evaluation of 
the Allen Bradley film, as an importent intrinsic pert of our 
Jobn Birch story, had been strained and toc hopeful -= all of our 
audiences have literelly "eaten ít up." То the ordinary audience 
of middle-class or lower economic levels this film is 2 hearten- 
ing revelation, Instead of being preached at with ercumente about 
economic principles, they see and hear with their own eyes end 
ears the most convincing proofs of how Americans enjoy and benefit 
from the results of these sound economic principles st work, And 
they love it, Whet is more, we have had several new members come 
into the Society who steted that they did sc on the basis of what 
this film had shown them about the correctnese and wisdom of the 
general overall pruposes of The John Birch Society. 


A frequent reaction has been: "I have been hearing lectures, and 
watching flannel board presentations, and even seeing movies, for 
years, about what the American free-enterprise system can do and 
ought to do, end how and why it is superior to any other system, 
In this film, without any lecturing at all, we saw the system 
actui до: i And the film was interesting, and e pleasure, 
BON E1 o end. What's more, it gave you в good feeling 
about our country and everything we have," 


It is true thet we have not yet had an opportunity to play this 
film as simply an introductory part of a three-hour presentation 
to an ence consisting solely of prospects rather than members, 
We shall be cautious about doing so, unless and until trial ех- 
periences indicate that the procedure will strengthen rather than 
weaken the totel impact of, and favorable reacticn to, our total 
film presentation. And we shall certainly keep carefully in mind 
the viewn and recommendations of the COUNCIL, ae warning signals 
not to be lost sight of et any time, But we know that the members 
of the COUNCIL who were in New York will be delighted to have the 














reassuring news that -- sc fer, anyway -- the usefulness of the 
Allen Bradley color film, from every point of view, promises te 
live up to end even exceed cur earlier expectations, 


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Your Founder reviewed briefly our recent and current activities 
in the several categories of effort which we have во far under- 
taken. «Рог while these must be adjusted tc our still comparative- 
ly small size for any real effectiveness, and while growth and tho 
acquisition of more substantial strength anê influence ie our 
most important present objective, we do etill have to work while 
we grow. Since all of these activities ere set forth in our reg- 
ular monthly bulletins, however, we shall not attempt to review 
here the orzl discussion concerning ther at the COUNCIL meeting, 
With regard tc efforts in ereas where в definite appreisal of pe- 
sults is possible, we have had some successes and some failures, 
(We still have not been able to get any of the airlines tc put 
HUMAN EVENTS in their reading racks!) And in those areas, usu- 
ally of larger undertakings, where results are not messureble, 
our effectiveness has of course, been varied, But we heve seon 
convincing evidence that, in some cases, cur influence has been 
considerable; end we shall do cur utmost tc have it steadily in- 
crease. 





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Despite our wish to avoid publicity all we can, there have been 
items or brief articles about The John Birch Society breaking 
out in the press recently in various papers all over the country 
Tl and elsewhere. Sc fer ell that we heve seen heve been ^evore- 
ble. The most striking incident of this kind has been the use 

by the Paris newspaper, L'Intransigeant, of some half в pege to 
tell their readers about our exposure of the erroneous and slented 
article in Newsweek on the French Red Hand, But we know that rs 
soon as the major medie of communications in America learn enough 
about us and our activities, their treatment of The John Finch 
Society will -- in all but в very few cases anyway -- be anything 
but favorable. So, for this and many other reasons, we should 
like to have the help of our COUNCIL members in keeping general 
Publicity about us to а minimum, 


We used the word "general" above, however, in order not to include 
rtain very helpful specific publicity, going to highly selec- 
tive groups, which we have welcomed. There 1 be enclosed with 
this report for instance, {f we receive the copies in time -- 
end if not they will be mailed to each of you separately -- the 
April, 1960, National Program Letter. The whole front page of this 
Gfcellent four-page monthly letter put cut by Dr. George Benson, 
Glenn Green, and their associates at Searcy, Arkansas, is given 














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over to an excellent introduction of its readers to The John Birch 
Soctety, Anê since this letter goes to 18,000 good Americanista, 
15 constitutes a remarkable boost for the Society, at no cost in 
money and very little cost in "general" publicity, which we grest- 
ly appreciate. 





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Your Founder reså to the COUNCIL briefly from sons of the immense 
amounte of complimentary and highly encouraging mail which we 
receive.: He discussed siso briefly -- believe 1% or not! -- some 
additional ways in which various members of the COUNCIL may be 
able and willing to help us as time goes оп. And he ended the 
formal meeting with а very short survey of the continuing and 
terrifying advance of the Communiate inte control or dominaticn 
of various segmente or organizations of ovr netionel life outside 


of government. 


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As a result of verious discussions which erose during the day 
there is being mailed to each member of the COUNCIL, under sep- 
arate cover from this report, the following items. 

1. А reprint of LOOK АТ TEE SCORE. 

2. А copy of our new brochure of the Society, waich 
will be largely used for answering inquiries received by us se 
в result of the National Program Letter (referred to above), the 
favorable comments about us by Dan Smoot, and eimiler developments 
which promote inquiries сп а sizable scale, 

3. The Dilling Bulletin of October, 1959 -- of which, 
fortunately, we purchased fifty copies when it came put last Octo- 
ber, since many members of the COUNCIL expressed в desire to see 
опе. We referred to this bulletin in the "letter to the reader” 
editorial in the December issue of AMERICAN OPINION, of which в 
transcript is entered herewith for your convenience, 





Dear Reader: 


A couple of weeks ago І had lunch with a gocd Jewish friend 
of mine who had something bothering him, He thought thet the 
Committee Ageinst Summit Entanglements, of which your editor 
was атти мав heavily anti Sentete in its composition, 

That very seme week there appeared the monthly bulletin of 
one of the best-known “extremists” on the anti-Communiet side 
of the current ideological wars, That bulletin took your editor 
to pieces, mercilessly, on the grounds that his Committee A- 


ainest Summit Entanglements consisted of "nothing but Jews and 
Selker x; 


From our daily mail we learn constantly thet we are anti- 
Catholic, but also that we are helping to make the Pope dic- 
tator of the United States; that we ought to be bung for our 
unfeirness to Negroes, but also that we should be tarred and 
feathered for being "nigger lovers"; and that we are on the 





wrong side (both wrong sides, in fact) of every schism, 

Most of these critics are sincere, and all of them are wrong 
It is of vital importance to the Communists to split Americans 
into all kinds of groups, snarling at esch other, And many 
good patriots unwittingly carry the bell for the Communists 
in that game, utterly unaware of who dreamed up the pleys or 
who is calling the signals. ` 

We are fighting Communists, Period. Nobody else. Іп this 
season of greater good will amoung mem, we still wish to the 
Communists only justice for their crimes, But to everybody 
else, of 811 races, creods, and colors, we wish you e Merry 
Christmas, and all the happiness of the holiday season, 


Sincerely, 


a Welch 


Zou will find specific references to myself on Pages 5, 6, 16, 
18, and 19 of the Dilling Bulletin, But actually the whole issue is, 
to к considerable extent, вп attack on me because cf my support 
of Jacques Soustelle in Frence and Berry Goldwater in this country, 
both of whom are bétes noires to Mrs. Dilling and her friends because 
they both happen to have Jewish blood in their ancestry (though 
both were born and raised in the Protestant church), 

Ц. А copy of the July-August, 1957 issus of ONE MAN'S 
OPINION, containing the article on Foreign Aid And Formosa, Sev- 
eral members af the COUNCIL asked Tor Sone! thing in print giving 
some of the in which our Foreign Aid Program hed helped the 
Communists. this article is the best answer to that question 

though not as comprehensive or thorough as we should like 

which we have immediately available. 






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Your Founder thanked the members of the COUNCIL as well as he knew 
how, though by no means adequately, for the "special fund" pro- 
vided out of their own pockets to supply an essistant and there 
make it er for him to follow instructions of the last COUNCIL 
meeting and get в vacation. He reported that these instructione 
had been cerried cut, so far, only in part. Instead of one "top" 
assietent, actually three more specific assietents had been hired 
or -- in the case of Bob Lupton, our new Major Coordinator for the 
ten Southern states -- obtained for full time services on в volun- 
teer basis. Also, instead of в vacation of any length, I got in 
two or three days of rest on a trip to Texes, and shell spend three 
or four days in North Carolina with my mother at Easter time. 














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These modifications were made elmost imperative, however, by the 
rapid growth of the Society between the two COUNCIL meetings. Апб 
I still intend to carry out the instructions, in both perticulsrs, 
more fully end satisfectorily, just as soon as it is practicable 
to do so, 


There were e number of questions in my notes for the meoting, some 
of them important, on which I wished tc ask the advice of the 
COUNCIL. But there simply was not time tc bring them up. (And I 
did feel it was more important for me to try tc answer the questions 
which the COUNCIL asked ше.) So, except for those which will be 
out of dats, they will be held over until the next meeting, That 
meeting has been tentatively set for Seturdey, June JÊ, at the 
Daton League Club in Chicgec. I wae deeply grateful for the large 
attendance in New > er hoping that the attendance can be even 
morely nearly complete at the next meeting, and shall be locking 
forward very mich to seeing each of you et that time, In the 
meantime, my many and earnest thenks once more for all of your 
help and support, end my kindest regards. 


Sincerely, pu 


Robert Velch 











THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 
Belmont 78, Massachusetts 





ptember 1h, 1960 


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Later in the morning I also read to those present the nine-page 
letter we had written to Dr. Fred Schwarz, which is self-explan- 
atory, and which will give you information, concerning the origin 
of the recent unfavorable newspaper publicity about us, which will 
undoubtedly surprise many members of the COUNCIL. A carbon copy 
or Verifax copy of that letter is enclosed herewith, But you are 
asked please to consider thie letter -- and copy of any reply 
from Dr. Schwarz we may receive and send you -- in strict confi- 
dence. 2 

Also enclosed for each of you -- as the result of в discussion 

at the meeting -- is в duplicated copy of a letter written some 
months ago to one of our Chapter Leaders in Texa: Thie letter 
has proved very helpful in answering questions raised by some 
prospective members of the Society concerning the writer's reli- 
gious views, ав indicated in brosd outline in the Blue Book, And 
many members of the COUNCIL expressed a desire to read it, 





The writer reported -- in confidence -- that on Saturdsy, Septem- 
ber 10, we had 32) chapters and approximately 5300 members, This 
represents a gain of Bl chapters and about 1500 members since the 
last meeting of the COUNCIL on June 18. Now that we are over the 
"summer doldrums," and if our rate of growth holds as for the 
winter months from January through May -- ме had only 75 chapters 
and 1500 members at the first meeting of the COUNCIL last January 
-- we will have 10,000 members by the second anniversary of tl 
founding of the Society, in December, As shown by the recent storm 
that hit us, we have been building very solidly -- which is all- 
important, If we can find both the resources and the personnel 
for organizationally tight and sound expansion, at the rate of 
doubling our size every three months during the winter season, 
which experience so far has shown to be entirely practical 
will have over half в million members by the fall of 1962, And 











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there із further discussion of both the potential of our growth 
and its significance in the duplicated etatement mailed each of 
you on Monday, 


There was n broad general discussion all day long, and after din- 
ner in the evenings and somo emphatic reaffirmations of loyalty 
to the Society -- and of continued or increasing support of our 
efforts -- for which I sm deeply grateful, And I believe it is 

8 fair statement of the feelings of all of those present that un- 
less The John Birch Society can become strong enough to servo 

the major factor and influence in seving our country from enslave= 
mont by the Communists, there is no other force on the horizon 
that shows any ро ity of doing so, All around us, everywhere, 
is only increasing confusion -- ав plenned by the Communists. 





Our responsibility, therefore ~- as also pointed out in the state 
ment mailed you -- is staggering, Your Pounder will continue to 
live up to that responsibility to the utmost of his ability, in 
thought, and word, and deed, And on the basis of that promise 

we ask for all of the help that each of you can give us in turn, 
for the achievement of so mighty a purpose, 


It was settled by the wishes of those present thet the next meet- 
ing of the COUNCIL will be at the Harvard Club of New York, on 
Saturday, December 10. And I shall be looking forward very hopo- 
fully to seeing you agein, one end ell, st that time end place, 


Sincerely, 


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THE JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY 
Belsont 78, Meszachusetts 


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November 15, 1950 


Іс All Mergbers Of The COUNCIL: 


This memorandum is to confirm, and remind you, that the next meeting of the 
COUNCIL will be at the Harvard Club cf New York City, starting promptly at 
nine o'clock in the morning of Saturdsy, December 10, and lasting through 
luncheon and dinner until well into the evening. There will be much grotnd (о 
cover, and a need for much орта discuasion on many points. 


Оо the agenda for reports by myself end/oz such discussions will be: 
Û) A brief review of the growth of the Society in the two years of its 
existence, {It will be exactly two years old on December 9, the day 
our meeting,} Anda brief look at srobable growth during the 





2) A brief report of Ње various smears of, and attacks on, the Society 
during the past few months, Not ali of these attacks are known to sora 
members of our COUNCIL, anê some of them are nob known to any mem- 
bers. We shail seck the COUNCIL'S advice on basic policy, with regard 
to such attacks in the urs. 

(3) A discussion and re-examination of the functiens of she COUNCIL 
аза whole, and of its individual members. А look at the feasibility of 
having small subcommittees of the COUNCIL to help on various policies 
and activities. 

44) Consideretion of the desirability of a Sponsoring Committee, ос 
Committee Of Endorsers, under the COUNCIL, solely for the purposes 
of prestige. Suche commitice of several hundred lending citizen: 
listed by states, would have no active duties, but would bs of consider-, 
able value to our men ia the field in many waya. It would also act 
somewhat as a shield for the Society against attacks from at least some 
quarters, 

{5) A quick lock at the domestic political situation and at the inter- 
national scene, followed by а discussion of the part we should try to 
play in the developments of the next few months and -- so far as we 

can anticipate the situation -- of the next few years 

(6) A report on the growth of AMERICAN OPINION, and a discussion 
of the kind of articles we should run in the magazine, aad of the part 

it should play in our future plans. 

(7) A discussion of the possible use of radio or television, and also 

of the form of meetings which I personally should hold in the future. 
























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(8) A review of some of the things thet we ought to be doing, and shail 
be doing as fast as we can acquire the resources and the organization. 
(9) Any matters that individual members of the COUNCIL may wish to 
discuss, to the fullest extent that time is available, 

(10) Consideration of more frequent seasions of the COUNCIL in the 
future; and determination of the time and place of our next meeting. 


I shall be looking forward very much to seeing sach and all of you who can pos- 


sibly attend. 
Sincerely, 424 
Ж” 


Robert Welch 















p-712-é/ 
Belmont 78, Massachusetts 


February 9, 1961 


OHN BIRCH 


SOCIETY 








Mr. Verne P. Kaub 
American Council of Christian Laymen 
Madison 1, Wisconsin 


Dear Verne: 


Many thanks indeed for your letter of February 3, and lam sorry 
to have caused you so much effort, For I well know from my own 


Situation just what the pressures are, especially with regard to 
correspondence. 


Your willingness to let me use your name on the Committee Of 
Endorsers, in view of all of the considerations which you mention, 
is very generous end deeply appreciated, But I am not going to do 
5o, entirely for just one reason which you mention. And that is 
that your consent would have to be reluctant -- far perfectly sound 
reasons. Аз а matter of fact, Verne, I doubted very much that you 
‘would feel able to go on the Committee, and I wrote primarily just 
because I wanted you to know that you were invited. So lam sorry 
that, in trying to show my respect and confidence end friendship for 
yourself, I caused you а lot of unnecessary agifation.. 





q Guns a somm Actually, аз you Say, we are having no trduble getting quite a "fat" 
Jus HC Tosser list -- or at least we shall have none, if we can ever get enough 
(Ееее слетіне time to get out the invitations. So far the acceptances, to those we 

have sent out, have been running about four to one against the regrets. 

But we have one high-school girl, who comes in for around two to 

three hours every afternoon, hammering out same few of these let- 

ters of invitation each afternoon, which is entirely too slow a process, 

And we hope to speed it up soon. 





With regerd to the paragraphs at the top of Page 2 of your letter, of 
course I know that we do not see exactly eye to eye on some matters, 
and for that very reason I am all the more appreciative of the help 
you have consistently been willing to give me and the Society. As you 
know, it is my very deep rooted intention to try.to work on just as 
friendly terms ав 1 possibly сап with every good patriot in this 

| country who is honestly and truly opposed to the Communist advance 

| and willing to stand up and fight against that advance, despite whatever 
other characteristics any such person might have with which I would 














Mr. Verne P. Kaub -2- February 9, 1961 


not be in sympathy. (Provided, of course, there is nothing dishonorable in 
either the character or the actions to be considered.) Which in why J was 
perfectly willing to keep working with Russell Maguire, and letting him re- 
print my material -- for which Bill Buckley kept jumping all aver me _- 

even though Maguire certainly had some characteristics (having nothing (о 

do with the Jews or anti-Semitiem or any related matter in any respect) af 
which neither you nor 1 could possible approve. And I am very proud of the 
fact that, where the re is unquestionably sound patriotism on hand, as in 
your case, Ihave had wonderful cooperation and support from everybody else 
in the field. о 








Which makes it almost necessary for me to comment at least briefly on 
Gerald L. K. Smith. 1 insisted on remaining on entirely friendly terms 

‘with СегаМ 1. K, Smith, Verne, in our exchanges of correspondence which 

he kept up and carried on, despite ali of the smear attacks and the way his 
reputation had been smeared by so many attacks. Om his insistent request I 
had even assured him that, in due time and when we were willing to send out 

a few copies of The Politician again ~- which meant whenever the smears 
against us based on The Politician had receded a little bit into the past -- T 
would send him а сору. And I thoroughly intended to de зо. In fact, as my 
wife could tell you, his name was on the list to receive one, at one time, in 
the next small lot she mailed out. But in the meantime a lot of things hap- 
pened, which I just don't want to take the time, and the several pages that 
‘would be involved, to outline hers, And to put it bluntly, and confideuttially, 
they cdused me to come around at long last to agreeing with same of my 

very best and most courageous and best informed California friends that 
Gerald L. Қ. Smith might not really be on our side. Please note that Iam 

not saying that he isn't on our side; and I am not saying even this much else- 
where, or to anybody else, except to a good friend in an extremely confidential 
letter like this one, for urgent reasons which make it necessary for ine to 
explain my own action. We shall let Smith go right along his own road, with- 
out any slightest attention from us, and with our sincere hope that on the whole 
he may really be helping the anti-Communist cause, and intending to do so. 
But I decided that 1 wanted absolutely nothing to do with him, now or later, 

for reasons which at least cast doubt in my own mind as to his intentions. 








1 might add, Verne, that those reasons had very little to do directly with the 
activities for which Smith has been smeared. I am no coward in this fight, 
as 1 hope 1 һауе already proved, With regard to the issue involved here, I 
not only asked you to go on my Committee Of Endorsers, but I asked Merwin 
Hart to do so ( and he has accepted) despite the fact -- and this is in the 
strictest confidence, between you and myself -- I personally have been 
jumped on twice, the second time quite emphatically, by the ADL, or at 





Mr. Verne P. Kaub February 9, 1961 





least by one of its representatives, for my association with and support hy 
Merwin Hart. (He was on my COMMITTEE AGAINST SUMMIT ENTANGLE- 
MENTS, and is a Chapter Leader of The John Birch Society). But Merwin 
Hart із a man, like yourself, of solid conscience and great honor, And I 
simply have:to tell you that I have very serious doubts as to this being truo | 
of Gerald L, K, Smith. 


lam very sorry to learn of the break between Billy James Hargis and yourself, 
because of Sifith or his actions. For I think that a careful examination of the 
record for Ње past many years will show that Smith has been responsible for 
many such breaks of friendship and cooperation between good conservatives ( 
and leading fighters against Communism. 


‘Thanks for telling me about Mrs. Jones of Cut Bank, Montana and the item 
she wrote you about marking time on the Earl Warren matter wntil further 
notified by our "state Coordinator," It was an annoying development, which 
we already knew about (but appreciate your calling to our attention, neverthe- 
less), of which the explanation is fairly simple. In the first place, we have 

a fully-paid Coordinator David Burnham, in Santa Barbara, California, who 

is by far the hardest man to handle on our whole staff. He is a good man and 
does a good job, but he just absolutely insists on doing everything his own way, 
without any regard for authority. And because we are so incredibly crowded, 
we just gave up quite a while ago and let him have his own head. One of the 
things he has been doing, because he has personal friends and relatives up in 
Montana, is beating plane rides with friends of his up to Montana and back, 
and thus forming some chapters for The John Birch Society while up there. 
And they are good chapters and we shouldn't complain. So that is part of the 
background. The "stete Coordinator," to whom Mrs. Jones refers, is actually 
one of our four staff men in the state of California. 








The next part of the explanation is that Dr, Granville Knight, a member of our 
COUNCIL who resides in Santa Barbare -- which, as you know, is national 
headquarters for the Fund For The Republic, and a terrific hot-bed of other 
liberals and leftists -- objecting to all of the whispering and smear campaigns 
going en against the Society in Santa Barbara, wrote up a fairly brief but ex- 
cellent story of the background, methods, and purposes of The John Birch 
Society, for the local paper there, which the editor had implied he would pub- \ 
lish. But the editor, as Dr. Knight well knew, was a close personal friend of 
Earl Warren. So Dr. Knight and Dave Burnham did not want anybody to start 
doing anything about our Movement To Impeach Earl Warren, in Santa Barbara, 
for at least a few days after our January bulletin was received, and until the 
article about the Society had appeared in the Santa Barbara paper. Consequently, 
Dave Burham sent а memorandum to all of the members in his chapters to hold 
up on this action until he notified them. And apparently he simply sent the 

















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Mr. Verne P. Kaub -4- February 9, 1961 


notice ta all of the members in chapters he had formed, with out bothering 
to make an exception in the case of those in Montana, 


As it turned out, this action -- of which I would never have approved anyway, 
anduio other Coordinator wouldshave taken the action without getting approval 
from this‘office -- was completely wasted. The Santa Barbara paper not 
only did not publish the article prepared by Dr. Knight, but came out with 
the most vicious smears against us yet published anywhere in the country, 
running it in two installments, quoting from the Milwaukee Journal and the 
Mabley column in the Chicago Daily News and all of the other papers which 
had attacked us, and themselves attacking all of the local known leaders of 
the Society as well as the Society itself nationally. But at any rate you have 
the explanation of why Mrs, Jones had received any such notice -- which I 
hopê has been fully rescinded by now. It's just impossible for us to keep up 
with all of these things in the field, although we do our best. 


Coming now, Verne, to your letter to George Sokolsky, 1 think it is 
magnificent. And all the more so because I know that you felt you had to 
strain the generosity of your disposition to the limit to write him in so 

"friendly a vein ав you did, But, as you know, I think all of us simply must 
keep our eye on the ball, which is stopping the Communist threat and even- 
tually routing and destroying the Communists. And certainly the letter you 
have written Sokolsky, as well as the way I tried to handle the whole matter 
in our February bulletin, will do far more good for the cause -- to which you 
and I both are giving our lives -- than a more virulent and hostile reaction, 
no matter how much justified. So please accept my earnest thanks for what 
1 consider a superb piece of support, in this connection, for what we are. 
trying to do, 


А md with that, I had better sign off from this broadcast, and get on with 
some of the work in front of me, ГИ simply send my many thanks again 
and, as always, my kindest regards. 

Sincerely, 

Be 


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Belmont 78, Massachusetts 


January 23, 1961 





(Dictated January 20, 1961) 


Мг. Thomas 7. Anderson 
FARM AND RANCH 

318 Murfreesboro Road 
Nashville, Tennessee 


Dear Tom: 


Thanks a lot for your long and interesting and very kind letter of 
January 13. Because 1 have the February issue of AMERICAN 
OPINION and the February bulletin of the Society both to get out 
during the next few days (and the whole bulletin still to be written) 

on top of the other problems indicated by the enclosed memorandum, 
Tam going to postpone trying to answer it in detail until a little later. 
But even in the meantime, haying read it all quite carefully, I shall 
keep your suggestions very much in mind. ІШІ take time to answer 
only your handwritten postscript. The people to whom Maguire sold 
the Mercury are, according to reports I have received which seem 
reliable, one of the worst "racist" and "hate" groups in the United 
States, Iam told that they are even more viciously anti-Catholic than 
they are anti-Jewish. And until we learn much more about them, and 
ore favorable than our reports so far, we 























unless itis 2 great deal 
want nothing to do with them in any way. 2 





I note that in one article in their first issue, which we have now 
received, they quote from AMERICAN OPINION extensively. But I 
also note in that issue articles by various writers who, Iam sure, 
are not going to be willing to appear in THE AMERICAN MERCURY 
under its new editorship. These people have simply used articles 
which were already on hand, and have run the same masthead which 
was already being used, without any checking or obtaining permission, 
by the new management. 











Аз to encyclopedias which are not owned or edited and written by 
Lefties, Iam Sorry to say that I do not know of any. Encyclopedias 
have been used for extensive long-range promoting of "liberals" ideas, 
ever since the days of the Encyclopedists in France in the eighteenth 
century. But I don't believe the effort has ever been as extensive, as 
shameless, or as effective as itis in that whole field today. 


Thanks again, Tom, and I'll write more when I can. In the meantime, 
and as always, my kindest regards. 


Sincerely, 


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RW:th Robert Welch 


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То My Friende: 


We are now receiving atout five hundred icttars per day (and the 
quantity is climbing). 





These latters come from our Coordinators, and contain organizational 
problems, from our Chapter Lezdocs, with suggestions for action by 

the Society; from our members, danliag with every topic undar the suni 
from our contributors, with checks which we much appreciate (and naed); 
from members of cu: COUNCIL. offering and asking edvica; from Сод- 
gresemea and Senators and Acmirsis and Generals and business tycoons 
3nd publishers ond authors and public figures of every hind, and from the 
most impostan: peosls of all, those with the utmost dedication to The 
Jota Birch Saciety and its purposes. 














Most of the йуз bundsed Suthers of each day's latiers would like, and 
abont a hundred of hem have с right to expect, = personal гәріу from 
myself. And of course it can't te doas. (1 hare a magazine to adit, a 
monthly Sulletin io ga? out, anê в Соза обзет musts tearing down on me 
aR of tho time.} What is mors, there come stret even if I 

















peluctantly let others answer even the mos? pat necs for me -- 
tae staff can't keep up either. We are à -- as our 





zapidg-ewià continues -- we shi] keep hitting such periods from time ta 
time. noi help util we are sure we can afford 
it, and you cannot train naw ae!» overnight to do our job. 


This is intended to be an explanation, thersfore, for whatever has happened 
ог mzy be happening to your correspondence, and 2 request for your under- 
stendiag, patience -- and, it may be, your forgiveness. It is nota re- 
quest for anybody to stop writing us. Contact with our members and 
friends is the cement holding together the substance out of which the 
strength of The John Bizch Society is built. We want mere glasa of moral 
suppoct, bricha of finsacial support, and stones of support in labor end 
in.efert -- and more cement to bind them all together -- not less. We 

are looking forward to the time whea we shall be gatting fifty thousand 
letters per day, inatead of five hundred. But we shall have to remind you 
from time to time that cur growing pains can be acute. This із one of 
these times. 








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j - I myself joined) the Society last year in high hopes, and I still Бө ете іл 
ite stated objectives, for reasons which I have repeatedly given publicly. But 
£ dictatorial developnents since early April, trends of which the average member 
4 ‘Deen avare but of which I learned as a coordinator, have destroyed 
‘of my confidence in Robert Welch. Perhaps I should have been prepared for 
‘the kind after reading the wild-swinging "diatribe" of November 2, 
the tine I figured that the Founder was entitled to the benefit of the 
doubt.) After Т read that letter in his office, І insisted, that, the whole matter 
be regarded as water over the dam and that we get on with the business ahesd. 
He agreed; albeit reluctantly, not to press the argument, and I, ia tara, did 
not write his another suggestion for months. Of late, however, hia inability to 
deal with the press, his retreat in the face of public attack, his neglect of the 
- interests of the Society in the vital Washington area (onder the remote direction 
‘of am inexperienced young man oat in Tennessee), his repressive administrative 
methods, and his vild statemants and violent misrepresentations --even of а 
i Jugomworkar --hare been most disillusioning. PETS " 
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Why did I rw: gn vithout much delay as soon as the denial of tha right = 
to speak wp in private аз vell as in public became clear? 14% we quote something 7 
writien by Mr, Welch recently in another connection which well applies bere: 
Tt {a with regard to...little surrenders... that we must increasingly stand firm, 
and act with the courage of conviction... The courage to face an enemy in var is 
‘common. Bat the courage to resist the erosion of ‘ndependence,..{s far more 
rare, y when it is always possible to say: "dell, it isn't worth: $ 
fighting on this small issue. But tomorrow, next tina, when the issue {8 clearer - 
to ау neighbors and friends, then I'll stand up and resist the measures that lead 
to tyranay.! And procrastination and personal appeasenent become a habit. Е 

























‘amy decision that I was oblige ^ 
2 musMrOUs public atteranees in support of the Society, it was only proper tha! 
“` revise the impression given and warn against undesirable new trends, 








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De 522 Û Ta 993, wen it was clear within the Goverment service that the mess in | 
| 2 “е Stata Departaent: was not to be cleared up, I protested officially; In 1955; — 
\ mben 1% was clear that significant papers in the betrayal of 1,3. intereste, ||| 
abroed were te be suppressed, I again protested officially, In both instances 
өз were vigorously denoingad, pod: Kunaj bald aV I. 
“the present instance, this tins as 6”) Wand" 
Т Біте again spoken cut against wrong trends, ="