At a time when our nation is under attack and forces are determined to destroy it, it might serve us well to examine the mindset that many believe has been historically slow to recognize threats against this nation and even slower to act on them.
Instead of just reading the critical reviews of Ann Coulter's "Treason," read the book itself. Put aside her metaphorical indictment of liberals as treasonous. But do read the historical accounts she relates.
Read the book, then ask yourself how the deplorable actions of certain communist enablers can be justified, no matter what you think about Senator Joseph McCarthy. Ask yourself how anyone can call himself a patriot and still defend some of this despicable behavior.
But before you read it, remind yourself that since roughly the late Sixties, the counterculture (which has now ascended to the popular culture) has contemptuously lampooned any suggestion that Communism was an international menace -- a threat to world peace and freedom.
Liberals used to sneer sarcastically that conservatives could find a communist "behind every rock." For the longest time many clung to the fantasy that Soviet Communism was a benign force. They scoffed at the notion that Soviet and Chinese communists were behind the North Vietnamese incursion into South Vietnam. They belly-laughed at the "paranoid" Cold Warriors who took the Communists at their word that they sought world domination. They viewed the United States as the aggressors in the nuclear arms race and advocated that we implement a suicidal nuclear freeze based on the good intentions of the Soviets. These were people who saw America, not the Soviets, as imperialistic.
Again, no matter what you've heard about McCarthy, irrefutable evidence exists that he was correct that there were many Soviet spies in American government. And you certainly can't dismiss this as no big deal under that eternal principle "no harm, no foul," because there was harm. The Rosenbergs alone, as Coulter says, "spied on their own country and turned over atomic secrets to a grisly totalitarian regime that would threaten American citizens with annihilation for the next 50 years." Yet many liberals defended them to the end.
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