William Norman Grigg

Infobox Person
name=William Norman Grigg

birth_date=Birth date and age|1963|2|4
birth_place=Burley, Idaho
residence=Payette, Idaho
other_names="Blarney con Carne"
"Cuchulain Cuauhtemoc"
occupation=Editor, author
religion=Mormon (–2003)
Christian (2003–present)
spouse=Korrin Weeks Grigg

William Norman Grigg (February 4 1963 – ) is a writer of Mexican and Irish descent. He was a senior editor of "The New American" magazine and has authored several books from a Constitutionalist perspective.

John Birch Society

Born in Burley, Idaho on February 4 1963, Grigg graduated Utah State University, majoring in political science.cite book|title=Read, Reason, Write|pages=432-437|author=Seyler, Dorothy U] He served as "Provo Daily Herald" columnist and Washington journalist before "seeing the light"cite news|url=http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/22700377.html?dids=22700377:22700377&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Feb+23%2C+1995&author=DOUG+SMITH&pub=Los+Angeles+Times+(pre-1997+Fulltext)&desc=Birch+Society+Is+Alive%2C+Well+and+to+the+Right+of+Newt+Gingrich|date=1995-02-23|author=Smith, Doug|work=Los Angeles Times|title=Birch Society Is Alive, Well and to the Right of Newt Gingrich|page=5|accessdate=2008-06-23] and starting work in 1993 as a correspondent, researcher, and senior editor for "The New American", the official biweekly magazine of the John Birch Society (JBS). Based at the JBS's Appleton, Wisconsin, office, Grigg covered United Nations summits and conferences from 1994 to 2001, and wrote "Freedom on the Altar" (1995), a study of UN family policy.

Associate Kevin Bearly, a minister and former police officer, conducted JBS summer youth camps in the 1990s at which Grigg and others promoted conservative causes. Grigg has also spoken frequently on conspiracies and Clinton impeachment in Las Vegas, [cite news|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=LVRB&p_theme=lvrb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0FD38E4F15D637BC&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D|date=1997-04-20|accessdate=2008-06-23|work=Las Vegas Review-Journal|author=Bard, Jean|title=About Town: Activities and events in Las Vegas] [cite news|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=LVRB&p_theme=lvrb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0FD38E6DB28EEFB3&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D|date=1997-06-15|accessdate=2008-06-23|work=Las Vegas Review-Journal|author=Bard, Jean|title=About Town: Activities and events in Las Vegas] Colorado Springs, and Salt Lake City. Grigg was associate director for Activate Congress To Improve Our Nation (ACTION), a committee incorporated by JBS to promote the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, with chapters in 50 states. [cite news|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=DP&p_theme=dp&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EAF44CF22E66895&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D|title=Impeachment group will state its case in Colo.|work=Denver Post|author=Curtin, Dave|date=1998-03-23|page=B4] [cite news|url=http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SLTB&p_theme=sltb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=100F3722978F80F8&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D|work=Salt Lake Tribune|author=Heilprin, John|title=No Left Turn: John Birch Speaker Has the Right Stuff For Utah Audience|date=1998-04-29|accessdate=2008-06-23|page=A1]

In 2005, Grigg called for the resignation of the JBS president and CEO, G. Vance Smith, who had promoted two sons to leadership positions; Smith was narrowly deposed in a September 2005 Board of Incorporators vote. The new CEO, Arthur R. Thompson, and other leaders initiated a staff blog to which Grigg contributed heavily.

Grigg's writing reflects views heavily influenced by Constitutionalism, libertarianism, and anti-communism; Ward Churchill favorably quoted Grigg's observation that totalitarianism is defined by abundance and unintelligibility of laws. [cite book|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=DFlIcxsGUEIC&pg=PR82&num=100&sig=BId_TVo4FLBFed5KXtjcqASGfqA#PPR47,M1|title=The Cointelpro Papers|pages=xlvii, lxxxii|author=Churchill, Ward] While Grigg's polemical style in print and blogs has been termed "verbal pugilism",Fact|date=June 2008 "The New American" uses a modified AP Stylebook, avoiding overuse of emotional or satirical terms.Fact|date=June 2008 Grigg is also younger than the other senior JBS officials. Grigg's articles as edited and accepted for publication by "The New American" have been regarded as less emotionally charged than those he has submitted to other publications; he has written for LewRockwell.com since June 2004, and has contributed increasingly to "The American Conservative".Fact|date=June 2008

The new JBS leadership launched the U.S. immigration issue as a major campaign in 2005. Grigg, of Mexican and Irish descent,cite news|url=http://www.rickross.com/reference/jbs/jbs1.html|title=Conservative camp roasts more than just weenies: Birch Society summer targets liberals, plots|work=Los Angeles Times|date=July 1996|author=Rivenburg, Roy|accessdate=2008-06-23] had often in JBS publications called for controls on immigration. His "New American" article "Revolution in America", a study of immigration problems and issues, was reprinted for its "current and incisive" rhetorical qualities by a McGraw-Hill college text. Grigg has promoted the concept that "white Leninists" desired to send "millions of Mexicans across the border with the idea of having each kill 10 Americans".

But by 2006 Grigg had decided that the immigration issue had been overplayed by the Republican Party as a driving cause to keep big-government, pro-war Republicans in control of the U.S. Congress. He argued that an attack on personal liberties by the George W. Bush administration and the Republican Party was a more serious impediment to personal liberty, charging the administration with committing torture, detention without trial, warrantless surveillance, and wars of empire. Grigg considered a "wave" of media attention on immigration to be "nothing more than the swirl in the bowl after the chain has been pulled" on the Republican Party.Fact|date=June 2008

Grigg formed a personal blog, "Pro Libertate", in August 2006, saying that JBS leadership had deleted some of his posts from their blog, such as a June comparison of immigration debate to professional wrestling. [ [http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2006/08/will-griggs-birch-blog-lost-episodes.html Pro Libertate: Will Grigg's Birch Blog - The Lost Episodes ] ] He stated that he was fired by JBS on October 3 2006, officially for unstated reasons. [ [http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2006/10/tonights-episode-tory-perspective-or.html Pro Libertate: Tonight's Episode: The Tory Perspective, or There Goes my Severance (THIRD UPDATE; see comments section) ] ]

Welch Foundation

The Robert W. Welch Foundation (Right Source Online), founded in 1997 by former California JBS members, adopted Grigg's Pro Libertate blog and made him a weekly cohost (December 30 2005May 4 2007) on the nationally syndicated afternoon radio show "The Right Source" with Kevin Shannon (Bearly's pseudonym). It also launched the "Pro Libertate" e-zine, where Grigg brought in writers such as James Bovard and fellow LewRockwell.com columnist Scott Horton. It commissioned Grigg's 2007 book alleging Bush and Clinton attacks on liberty, "Liberty In Eclipse".

Other activities

Grigg has recorded the radio spot "A Liberty Minute" weekdays since February 19 2007, which, since July 2, has used the tagline, "Let us take back the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free" (Galatians 5:1).

Grigg is also a studio musician who served as lead guitarist in the Wisconsin band "Slick Willie and the Calzones" until his 2005 move to Idaho. The band's 2001 CD, "Green and Gold", featured rock, country, and jazz homages to the Green Bay Packers, such as the novelty song "Tailgate Polka".

Grigg and his wife Korrin have five children. He cited his wife's 2006 illness as a reason for suspending his secondary guitar activities.Fact|date=June 2008


*Cite book
title = The Gospel of Revolt: Feminism Vs. the Family
publisher = Northwest Publishing Inc.
date = 1992
id = ISBN 1-880416-75-1

*Cite book
title = Freedom on the Altar: The UN's Crusade Against God and Family
publisher = American Opinion Publishers
date = 1995
id = ISBN 0-9645679-0-3

*Cite book
title = Global Gun Grab
publisher = John Birch Society
date = 2001
id = ISBN 1-881919-05-6

*Cite book
title = America's Engineered Decline
publisher = John Birch Society
date = 2004
id = ISBN 1-881919-10-2

*Cite book
title = Liberty In Eclipse: The Rise of the Homeland Security State
publisher = Welch Foundation
date=December 2007


External links

* [http://prolibertate.us/ Will Grigg's Liberty Minutes]
* [http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/ Pro Libertate blog]
* [http://www.rightsourceonline.com/enews/ Pro Libertate e-zine]
* [http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-arch.html Archives] on LewRockwell.com
* [http://jbsrip.blogspot.com/ Notes on the Jerry Seinfeld Society]
* [http://jbs.org/node/1249 Bio] at The John Birch Society
* [http://theamericanview.com/forums/member.php?u=481 William Grigg] at The American View Forum

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