The Koch Brothers didnt founded the John Birch Society it was Robert Welch of Welch Grape juice and Jelly fame that founded them in Dec. 1958. I dont know why Thom didnt know that!


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gary phillips 7 years 51 weeks ago

While the JBS was founded by Robert Welch, he was not the Welch who founded Welch's grape products. That fame goes to Denist/Physician Thomas Bramwell Welch who co-founded the grape juice company with one of his sons, Charles Welch. The Robert Welch you refer to founded the Oxford Candy Company, who created the "Sugar Daddy" in 1926.

Speaking of sugar daddies, do you have one?

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Katshores 7 years 49 weeks ago

No i really dont have one. care to be mine?

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Bush_Wacker 7 years 49 weeks ago

Actually I believe that it was the Rockerfellers that really kick started the JBS. Nelson Rockerfeller bought out the Welch Candy Company in order that Welch could devote all of his time to the JBS. The Rockerfellers were at the time the Koch brothers of today.

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SiValEngr 5 years 44 weeks ago

Welch was the founder, but Fred Koch, Rabert Waring Stoddard, and Revilo P. Oliver, amoung others were "founding members".

Regarding Cruz and the Tea Party, I think we should take notes from the playbook of William Buckley, for stopping the Tea Party just as they did the John Birch Society, by having centrist Republicans taking a stand against them . Like McCarthy, the tactics are to question the patriotism and loyalty of Americans who didn't agree with him and to persecute homosexuals. He was censured by the Senate, even though he continued to hold office until his death. I am writing my senators to request that they begin censure proceedings against Cruz and I hope you will do the same.

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