California: The Unveiling

The Birchers were taking their lumps last week. On Jack Paar's TV show, Richard Nixon said that politicians "who accept or seek the support of organizations like the John Birch Society are not serving America." Barry Goldwater, wrote Conservative Russell Kirk, has warned that "responsible conservatives cannot condone political silliness." The conservative

National Review tore the society to shreds (see PRESS). And Father Benjamin L.

Masse, editor of the Jesuit weekly, America, wrote that good Roman Catholics could not be Birchers. There is, said he,

an "open and flagrant contradiction between the socio-economic teachings of Robert Welch and that of Leo XIII...

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