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Conservatives question whether John Birch Society should be accepted as part of the Tea Party movement

Conservative new media publisher Andrew Breitbart said that, though he believes expanding the universe of voices, he’d consider publishing a Bircher only on a case-by-case basis, a slight improvement for the group that was banned from appearing in the National Review by Buckley.

“I believe in more voices rather than less,” Breitbart told TheDC. “I think the best ideas will win.”

But, Breitbart said, he doubts he’ll be working with Birchers in the near future.

“I don’t foresee there being any Breitbart.com and John Birch Society mixer anytime soon, but if one were to occur, we’d call it the Goldschlager Standard,” Breitbart said in a phone interview.

The John Birch Society will also be at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February for the second consecutive year after a two-decade absence, save one year in the 1990s.

David Keene, the chairman of The American Conservative Union, refused comment on the John Birch Society’s recent presence at the conference.

Edwards told TheDC the ACU is giving the John Birch Society credibility by providing the group a spot at CPAC.

“The ACU has to draw the line and it seems to me that this is a pretty good place to draw the line. It’s not as though their record is any secret,” Edwards said.

Regardless of the negative aura surrounding his group, McManus still sees several similarities between the John Birch Society and the Tea Party movement.

“We see the Tea Party movement adopting a lot of the same positions that the John Birch Society has taken right from day one,” McManus said. “The John Birch Society was started in 1958. We’re more than 50 years old. So, if somebody else comes along and starts a movement that says the same things that we’re saying, we’re pleased. We’re happy about it. Let’s have more of that.”

As for economic policy, McManus said the John Birch Society supports an end to legal tender laws, or a ‘free coinage’ plan, a sharper stance to the right than Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul’s gold standard recommendations.

In terms of foreign policy, McManus told TheDC the John Birch Society is non-interventionist, meaning the United States should care only about its own business.

“America should mind its own business,” McManus said. “The purpose of the government should be to protect the lives and property of the American people, period.”

In terms of government size and governmental regulations, McManus said the John Birch Society’s motto is “less government, more responsibility, and, with God’s help, a better world.”

“So, we’re for less government, and people say, ‘well, how much less?’ We say the government is authorized by the Constitution of the United States, which, if it is enforced as it intends, would be 20 percent its size and 20 percent its cost,” McManus said in a phone interview. “We’re strong believers in the American system.”

But, McManus said the John Birch Society stands firm behind its founder’s beliefs. In terms of the New World Order theory, McManus said the John Birch Society has stated that the “goal of a conspiracy, a corrupt world, is to create a New World Order.”

“In 1990, President George H.W. Bush stated over and over again his intentions to create the New World Order,” McManus said. “We had people calling us up saying, ‘looks like you guys were right all along.’”