Ron Paul’s Telling Speech At The John Birch Society’s 50th Anniversary
This is actually rather helpful in coming to understand Ron Paul's politics. It's claimed that the John Birch Society re-entered the political mainstream in 2010. Many people dispute that and objected, some also boycotted CPAC due to JBS's 2010 participation.
The JBS was a co-sponsor of the 2010 Conservative Political Action Conference, ending its decades-long exile from the mainstream conservative movement.
However, Paul's speech isn't a welcome back. Their anniversary would have been 2 years before in 2008. Paul repeatedly thanks them for their strong support over many years in his speech. In addition to that, at about 20 minutes in, he mentions calling Larry McDonald for advice when he was first thinking of entering politics. McDonald was a very notable Southern Democrat, JBS' second president and also notable for opposing school integration. He told Paul to run in whichever party he thought he could win in, as it didn't matter. The JBS connection makes it clear what a throw-back Paul is, and explains the support he enjoys from neo-confederates.
McDonald also opposed the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, saying the FBI had evidence that King "was associated with and being manipulated by communists and secret communist agents." It was reported that McDonald had "about 200" guns stockpiled in his official district residence.
The society opposed water fluoridation, which it called "mass medicine" and saw as a communist plot to poison Americans.