I’d Like to Share My Story with Your Audience
It is a mean time in politics. Hate, paranoia, and fear dominate. The leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump, offers fact-free, anger-laced, crude attacks directed at his latest targets. The rest of the GOP field responds in kind. Crowds boo and cheer, and give a big thumbs up to whomever is the nastiest.
And the media loves it. This political season increases their viewership and grows their bottom line.
While the news relishes the Republican Party Food Fight, there’s zero examination of the radical policy positions championed by the candidates. No one dares to point out that the candidate’s tax plans, healthcare plans, and foreign policy war mongering will harm every America who isn’t already rich. The deficit will explode forcing huge budget cuts—bigger and deeper than anyone can imagine.
There’s a reason why the media can’t report on these realities. If they did, Americans would realize that the Republican Party has become a radical right-wing, anti-government party bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers and their vast political network.
I’m not the only person who realizes what’s happening, not at all. But I offer audiences something most commentators and journalists can’t: first-hand experience inside the radical right.
My parents were key to the rise of the John Birch Society back in the 1960s. My father sat on the Birch National Council with Fred Koch, father of the infamous Koch Brothers. Birch leaders visited our home regularly. When I was 13, I signed an application and became a full adult member of the society.
In meetings in our Chicago living room, I heard FDR, Dwight Eisenhower, and John Kennedy labeled Communists. I helped awaken Americans to the “War on Christmas” and gathered petitions to Impeach Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. I knew that income tax was unconstitutional, the safety net was part of the Marxist agenda, and the federal government was the great enemy of freedom.
I worried that the Communists and the traitorous Americans who helped them were inches away from taking over the country and merging the US with the Soviet Union. If that horrific event occurred, my parents had convinced me that the Commies would come first for my parents. Protecting my younger sisters and brother would fall to my older brother and to me. Stopping the Communists and hating the federal government defined my parents; for years, the same ideas dominated my thinking, too. I was a foot soldier in the Birch army. Our marching orders—“Take Our Country Back.”
For years, I tried to believe what my parents believed and do what they wanted. Even though I had doubts, it took me a long time to completely break out of the radical right-wing mindset.
Because of my experience, I offer a unique perspective, one your audience will appreciate. I connect the dots from the old radicals, like my parents and their John Birch Society allies, to the new extremists running the GOP. The connecting fiber—the anti-federal government, Birch kids, the Koch Brothers and their huge web of think tanks and political operatives.
The Kochs have been so successful that few members of the Tea Party realize that they’re dancing to the Koch tune. And most Americans have no clue that regardless of who Republicans nominate, almost every GOP policy idea, from healthcare to tax cuts, comes straight out of the Koch playbook.
I would love to share my story with your listeners or your group. Contact me today and let’s make a date.
What People Say
“Claire Conner Mork is the real deal. No one knows the inner workings of the John Birch Society like Claire. She lights up the phones every time she appears on my radio program. And for folks who think this is ancient history—Claire connects the dots between the JBS of the 1960′s and the Tea Party of today.” —Rob Lorei, News Director, WMNF Radio, Tampa FL
“Claire Conner is a go-to for a thorough understanding of the extreme right’s goals and strategies. Her upbringing in the John Birch Society gives insights few of us have. I’m so grateful for her passionate desire to share those with the rest of us.” —Karoli Kuns, managing editor, Crooks and Liars, http://crooksandliars.com
“Claire Conner joined the Tim Corrimal Show as a guest to talk about her book, Wrapped in the Flag. She was excellent on the show and the other guests joined in the round table discussion about her life story. Claire explained how the people behind the John Birch Society have moved the politics of the United States further and further to the right. Claire was excellent and I highly recommend having her as a guest for media appearances.” —Tim Corrimal, Host, the Tim Corrimal Show
“Superb and Dynamic Speaker—Claire Conner Mork is a joy to listen to, articulate, poised, open to discussing and explaining her family background and her unique political origins. Claire enjoyed an SRO audience and a standing ovation upon completion of her very timely book talk. I highly recommend her.” —Lois Greehling, vice president, Wood County Democratic Party WI
“Drawing the connections between the old John Birch Society and the “modern” Tea Party is invaluable. Showing the connections and continuity is illuminating! Thank you, Claire, for sharing your story with us.” —David Delk, director, Alliance for Democracy, Portland OR
“Claire’s stories of growing up during the founding days of the John Birch Society are fascinating. She is an exceptionally talented speaker and storyteller and her book is more than the history of the John Birch Society, it is a rare glimpse into a political doctrine that shapes the lives of the family. —Stefani Beddingfield, Inkwood Books, Tampa FL
“I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a speaker as much as the presentation you made at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading on Saturday. You brought the house down, Claire. You’re a natural.” —Robyn Blumner, columnist, Tampa Bay Times
“In this uniquely captivating book, Claire Conner reveals something essential about America’s currently powerful extreme right wing: shedding clear light on the little-considered historical basis of this dangerous trend. Growing up with parents at the very top of the right wing movement of the 1960s, no one has the same perspective as Conner. Mine was her first media interview and it was thoroughly captivating.” —Burt Cohen, host, theburtcohenshow.com, WSCA radio, (New Hampshire state senator 1990-2004)
“The hit of our convention. Unforgettable messages in a memorable story.” —Dee Dee Squires, co-chair, National Federation of Democratic Women, National Convention
“Wrapped in the Flag is a rare glimpse inside the right wing psyche, and a treatise on how to defeat them going forward. Further, Claire’s lively reckoning makes her a fan favorite of BKP Radio and this host.” —Scott Henderson, Brass Knuckles Progressive Radio Host, Chicago IL
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