Organizations: Bedeviled Birchers

While other Americans were off on vacation this summer, or at least enjoying tennis or a dip in the pool, Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society, went about the U.S. on what must have been a dreary mission. As Welch tells it in the society's bulletin, he spent a good part of the summer going "from one city to another, where acrimonious disputes were raging among our members." Even worse, admitted Welch, "about all I usually accomplished, in trying to pour oil upon these troubled waters, was to get myself completely splattered with oil."

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