City Paper: Bilderberg Conspiracies Have Become a Handicap for the Liberty Movement
In 2009, the so-called Birther movement became an embarrassing distraction for the conservative movement. Many conservatives spoke out against the Birthers, who believe President Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya, forged his birth certificate, and is therefore ineligible to be president. I surely did. Still, many insisted on subscribing to it, though luckily their numbers seem fewer today than ever.
For conservatives, Obama is bad. In fact, he’s the biggest big-government president to date. Conservatives don’t need conspiracy theories to convince them that Obama’s agenda must be stopped. There is no need to look for secret conspiracies when the damage is being done in plain sight every day.
Most conservatives have come to see the Birthers as a political handicap, and the same is now true of the vocal minority obsessed with the Bilderberg Group, particularly those within the self-described Liberty Movement to which I belong.
The Bilderberg Group is an invite-only organization whose membership features some of the world’s most powerful political players and world leaders. They meet annually in secret to discuss whatever it is that rich and powerful people discuss, leaving conspiracy theorists to run wild with speculation.
Of course, secret societies are nothing new in American politics. In fact, our leaders have always belonged to these groups. Many presidents, starting with George Washington, were Freemasons. Calvin Coolidge and George W. Bush were part of Yale’s Skull and Bones society. In fact, some of the Liberty Movement’s biggest champions have been Bilderberg members, like former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford. When I used to write about Sanford’s heroic stance against federal stimulus dollars in 2009, conspiracy theorists would tell me, “But Jack, he’s part of Bilderberg!” More recently, Bilderbirthers have targeted PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who donated $2.5 million to libertarian candidates and causes this year. But since Thiel is a member of the Bilderberg Group, conspiracy theorists wonder if these donations are actually a sign that Thiel is up to no good. Seriously.
Donating millions to the cause of liberty is good. Standing up to reckless federal spending is good. It’s one thing to wonder if secret societies are doing bad things. It’s quite another to accuse their members of doing bad things when they are obviously doing good things. Peter Thiel is a hero. He should be president of Bilderberg.
No doubt, secret groups like Bilderberg, the Aspen Institute, the Trilateral Commission, or the Council on Foreign Relations also meet regularly to discuss ideas or policies that ultimately screw the little guy — just as political elites do in Washington, D.C., where this is done regularly and often out in the open.
Sinister conspiracies happen every day on Capitol Hill, and they’re committed by the rich and powerful at the expense of the American people. TARP, ObamaCare, NDAA — you name it. The handiwork of these cabals can be seen in newspaper headlines daily. Forget covert operations. Check out the Congressional Record.