Like this one.
APPLETON, WIS. — April 4, 2008 — Congressman Ron Paul has endorsed The John Birch Society in a statement received from his office this week. His statement also congratulates the Society on being "a great patriotic organization" now in its 50th year.
John McManus, president of JBS, responded, "We graciously accept Dr. Paul's endorsement. He continues to demonstrate what an elected official should be doing … obeying the Constitution. We thank him for his continuous commitment to protect the freedoms of all Americans. There's a reason why he consistently rates toward the top of the Freedom Index, our Congressional scorecard rating legislators' votes published twice a year in The New American magazine."
Dr. Paul stated, "The John Birch Society is a great patriotic organization featuring an educational program solidly based on constitutional principles. I congratulate the Society in this, its 50th year. I wish them continued success and endorse their untiring efforts to foster 'less government, more responsibility … and with God's help … a better world.'"
The Paul-Birch connection is no secret. At the RP New Hampshire headquarters, I saw plenty of New Americans sitting around, with volunteers flipping them open to positive articles about Paul. (I never saw any given to prospective voters, even though I assumed that was what they were there for.) When Chris Caldwell asked him about the JBS in 2007, Paul laughed it off.
"Oh, my goodness, the John Birch Society!" he said in mock horror. "Is that bad? I have a lot of friends in the John Birch Society. They're generally well educated, and they understand the Constitution. I don't know how many positions they would have that I don't agree with. Because they're real strict constitutionalists, they don't like the war, they're hard-money people…"
Still… is Paul really still trying to max out the anti-McCain protest vote? Why's he doing stuff like this?
Cue paleolibertarian writers ineffectively attacking me in 3,2,1…