While the word “conspiracy” is an ugly term to many Americans, due to the negative connotations associated with a stereotypical, fabled group of paranoid, hysterical Americans who contrive grand delusions, the fact of the matter, reiterated by McManus throughout his speech, is that members of The John Birch Society have researched and exposed conspiracy facts, not conspiracy theories. McManus presented ample evidence that conspiracy is factual, not the subject of deluded machinations.
Mr. Manus gave a full time line stretching over two centuries, filled with quotes and sources leading from the late 1700s to today. Those who attended this speech saw something special as Mr. McManus shared his knowledge and experience attained over a 50-year period of research, writing, and lecturing. Unsurprisingly, McManus also shared many fond memories of his discussions and conversations with John Birch Society Founder Robert Welch, with whom McManus was closely associated in the struggle for freedom.
Without exaggeration, McManus’s presentation included more tangible and well-researched factual information than a four-year political science degree. Several fascinating and widely unknown facts were presented, especially regarding the early history of America and the Founding Fathers. McManus paid special attention to the presence and pervasiveness of the Illuminati, the secretive, occult group formed by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776 (which is, ironically, May Day, when international leftists celebrate revolution). He also cited proof texts, including John Robison’s 1798 classic Proofs of a Conspiracy, which implicated the Illuminati in the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution, and Abbe Baruel’s Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, a complementary work documenting similar claims. McManus said that in the earliest days of U.S. history, there was a hyper-awareness of these forces at play, as evident in the work of Jedidiah Morse, a New England clergyman, who even convinced George Washington of the existence of an Illuminist conspiracy. (None other than the first president of the United States said, “It is not my intention to doubt that the doctrine of the Illuminati and the principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more satisfied of this fact than I am.”)
McManus further demonstrated that the same Jacobin/totalitarian ideology that characterized the French Revolution later characterized the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, in which Lenin and Stalin succeeded at communizing Russia with financial backing from the moneyed elite, including such "capitalists" as J.P. Morgan and John Rockefeller. He also identified the common goals shared by both Weisshaupt and the communists — the destruction of all traditional religions, private property, morality, marriage, existing governments, and the fomenting of world government, "democracy" (leading to anarchy and then totalitarianism), the deification of sexuality, and the state control of children and their education. Interestingly, the same sentiment even influenced the nationalization and unification of Italy, to further demonstrate the reach of what McManus described as the “conspirators” involved. Giuseppe Mazzini, who led the nationalization of Italy, was the son of a Jacobin professor and early advocate of a United States of Europe (a European Union prototype) who encouraged members of the Illuminati-connected Carbonari to infiltrate the churches, strive for democracy, and weaken the moral and traditional fabric of traditional European society.
Aside from providing a comprehensive historical overview of the nature of the conspiracy, McManus also applied these facts to contemporary circumstances, as he demonstrated how these forces now comprise the modern-day elite, including figures such as David Rockefeller, members of the Council on Foreign Relations (and their representation in all presidential administrations for nearly the past century), and the leadership of both the Republican and Democratic parties. The latter have all, in one shape or another, called for a New World Order, in which sovereignty gives way to a supranational governmental entity that amounts to one world government. McManus highlighted, for instance, how elected officials as divergent as George H.W. Bush, Vice President Joseph Biden, Henry Kissinger, and Alan Greenspan, among others, have called for a “new world order” based on radical shifts in how we understand the nature of the global economy, power, and the nation-state, with an eye toward the abolition of the latter. This seemed to corroborate another favorite truth that McManus discussed — that because the elite are in control of both parties, we can expect no major policy differences between the Democrats or Republicans. He provided a revealing quote from Georgetown University Professor Carroll Quigley, who, in his book Tragedy and Hope, conveys that party elections are by design and that it shouldn’t matter, at the end of the day, which party does get elected, because the same agenda will be implemented (p. 1247).
Most useful, however, in substantiating claims of a conspiracy, were the primary sources presented. McManus presented quotes from numerous conspirators and defectors, including David Rockefeller (who proudly admitted to being an internationalist in his memoirs), ex-CFR member Spruel Braden (who unsuccessfully tried to “talk sense” into other members of the organization), and Frank Vanderlip (one of the men who was responsible for the formation of the Federal Reserve at Jekyll Island, who admitted to the secretive and sinister nature of its formation). Others, including CFR leaders Richard Haas, Chester Ward, and Richard Gardner, were quoted as admitting that the CFR is actively working towards the elimination of what they see as the “antiquated notion” of national sovereignty. Among this group is Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton, whom McManus believes may emerge as an unexpected, dark horse candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Most shockingly, McManus quoted from Hillary Clinton, who as Secretary of State, gave a speech at the opening of the Washington D.C. CFR offices in which she admitted that the powerful elite body “tells her what should be done and how to think.”
Not leaving committed patriots without any hope or prospects for saving America, McManus outlined a step of practical steps that could be undertaken in order to restore America’s glory. Emphasizing the need to develop broad-based grassroots support, the following prudent and practical steps were recommended:
a) Self-education — Americans must inform themselves of the relevant issues.
b) Understand the Enemy — Without knowing what America’s enemies stand for, they cannot be properly and effectively combated.
c) Educate, energize, and organize committed constitutionalists. Without good organization, there can be no viable movement for freedom.
d) Stay vigilant for generations — “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” Wendell Phillips (1811-1884).
e) Restore limited government by focusing on the House of Representatives, which is key, since all fiscal legislation must have its origin in the House, and since House seats are more localized, further removed from special interests, and therefore, more easily obtained by constitutionalists.