What You’ll Be Missing If You Don’t Attend the John Birch Society Meeting with Derek Skees

For about an hour today, I gave serious thought to attending this weekend’s meeting of the John Birch Society featuring Derek Skees, but a careful consideration of likely outcomes convinced not to attend. I suspect my choice will reduce participation by 20% at least.

I didn’t, however, want to miss out on the opportunity of letting my readers know what they and I will be missing, so I did a little research about the speakers an elected member of the Montana Legislature has chosen to spend his time with.

What’s on the Agenda?

At lunch, the event will open with John McManus, President of the John Birch Society. While no one could reasonably be expected to watch this video in its entirety, I do suggest watching the discussion that begins about the 2:10 mark:


Afterwards, attendees will enjoy the rhetorical stylings of Pastor Dan Fisher, who believes that the Bible is clear on the Second Amendment and that the Obama Administration is filled with treacherous Marxists.

Finally, Robert Brown, the state director of the Birchers, who seems to spend most of his time cowering in a bunker lest the UN troops come to confiscate his copy of the Constitution, will speak.

Dinner offers more tasty treats, including:

  • a visit from Elijah Abraham, who believes that Muslims should be banned from “serving in the military , running for public office, or serving as government employees” and that Muslims are running training camps all across the country to ATTACK AMERICA!
  • Ray Clark, a CANADIAN IMMIGRANT who serves on the Birch Society board of directors. One can only hope they have investigated him, as he is likely to be a Socialist.
  • Birch Society CEO Art Thompson, who believes that his fringe hate group singlehandedly stopped the “consolidation of control” of the government planned for 1976 and shut down the planned 2010 North American Union. Oh, than that Senator McCarthy never said anything that “wasn’t true.” At the 5:10 mark in this video, he’s either describing the plot to destroy America or the last episode of Lost.

Representative Skees is associating himself with a hate group which peddles conspiracy theories of the worst kind. Do former Secretary of State Bob Brown and current Senator Ryan Zinke really want to be associated with this kind of legislator? Does the Republican Party?

All fair questions someone should ask.

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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba has been writing about Montana politics since 2005 and teaching high school English since 2000. He's a former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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