In 1958, a bunch of libertarians came together and formed the John Birch Society. The goal of the Birchers was to convince the American people that every person in America who is to the left of Mussolini was a communist. In the beginning the JBS was embraced by mainstream republicans but within a few years their paranoid delusions chased away even the uber right, like William F. Buckley. Before Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower was the official republican deity. When the Birchers claimed that Eisenhower was actually a full blown communist, many of their more sane followers departed JBS. The darling of JBS was Joseph McCarthy.
Outside of finding a communist under every rock, the JBS dedicated themselves to opposing civil rights, especially integration, women's rights, regulation of capitalism and people who worshiped in the wrong religion.
So, we end up with a group of people who are the ideological twins of the Ku Klux Klan, but with a more socially acceptable face. They justified their racism by claiming that the civil unrest of the 60s was a communist movement. JBS was a racist, anti feminist, fundamentalist christian group of haters.
The founder and leader of the John Birch Society was Robert Welch. Another founder and financial backer was Fred Koch of Koch Industries. Two of his sons, commonly referred to as the Koch Brothers, were integral to the founding and financial support of the Tea Party. It seems that each time the organization becomes socially vile, they reappear with a new name.
KKK > John Birch Society > Tea Party. The latter two are generally strong followers of Ayn Rand. Only the focus has changed. The KKK focused on racism. The John Birch Society focused on communists. The Tea Party focuses on anti-government. Ideologically, they are more similar than they are different.
This brings us to Ron Paul. Paul published many racist rants in his newsletters. One condemned Ronald Reagan for signing the legislation making Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. He proclaimed it to be a national Hate Whitey Day. Paul has denied writing the newsletters and his libertarian followers believe him. Here is what they must swallow. It was Paul's newsletter. It is operated by Paul family members. It carried Paul's byline. It never published a retraction of the racist articles. For him to be unaware, then Ron Paul must have allowed some anonymous ghost writer to write words under Paul's own name which he NEVER read and nobody ever pointed out to him. I'm afraid I have to call bullshit on that one.
Paul claims that he has never been a member of the John Birch Society, but admits that he counts many of its leaders as his close friends. What is true about Paul is that he is a racist, anti feminist, corporatist, christian fundamentalist. Ron Paul is the ONLY elected official who receives a grade of 100% from JBS.