Of the 900 or so people that McIntosh contacted, 500 said that they did not like the direction that the country was going. In 1965, the Vietnam War was in full flower. Black Power riots in many central cities were inflaming racial conflict. The passage of many of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society were still going on amidst the beginning of what is now termed, “The Sixties.” For many in our country, all of these things signaled massive changes in our culture. We had even given over our own rock and roll to the British Invasion. Dissatisfaction was growing fueled by the Vietnam War.
McIntosh was no ordinary John Bircher. He was too young for World War II, Korea and a bit on the older side for Vietnam. He could not have gone anyway because of the polio he had when he was a boy. At twenty seven years of age, he was smart, ambitious, and sure of what he wanted to do.
In his further contacts with many of the yes people, he discovered many kindred spirits. Some were much older than he and many were just about his age. Somehow the age spread was bi-modal. In going into depth with a number of the older contacts, he discovered that many of them had gone even further in their thinking. They already belonged to groups that were not happy with the world as it was. They were not uniformly, what we call right wingers. Their politics were all over the place and some of them had a great deal of wealth. Many knew of their ancestors and even more were surprised with McKintosh told them who they were related to. He found some Gills and Edes tucked into a small town in Maine. They were aware of their forbearers and were happy to discuss the issues that McIntosh presented.
From those phone calls, a plan was created to form a twentieth century form of the Sons of Liberty.
The plan contained some rules about not talking about the organization, if that’s what you could call it. Funds for the organization were siphoned off from small bank accounts to other small bank accounts with no relation to a central account. Withdrawals and deposits were kept under the rule of observation. In 2015 it is $10,000. It was much less at the beginning. Bill McIntosh had access for all of these accounts under many names and social security numbers. Withdrawals were done in small amounts and over time in each bank. McIntosh was able to drive around the country and do his business with little notoriety in the many communities. His was a one man operation funded by invisible donors. He needed no other funding to keep himself alive and in good shape. He was a one man band that made no music.